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In the pageant of American history, the American Revolution is the ultimate pivotal moment, and the bravery shown by the early patriots cannot be denied when they fought for what they believed in--freedom from government control and unfair taxation. Many of those patriots died before ever knowing their cause had succeeded. Among those martyrs to the cause of freedom was Nathan Hale, famous today for his final words, "I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." But who was Nathan Hale really, and what motivated him to die so bravely?
Becky Akers has brought Nathan Hale's past alive in her new novel Halestorm, a book with a clever pun in its title much like the puns she depicts Nathan Hale as having loved. In her Author's Note at the book's end, Akers admits she had to take a few liberties with her plot, but her fiction brings alive the time of the American Revolution in beautifully written prose and in a manner that nonfiction can never achieve.
Halestorm opens with Nathan Hale and his brother going off to college at Yale, while his stepsister Alice is deeply in love with him. Since Nathan's brother and Alice's sister have recently married, Nathan and Alice see no reason why their love cannot also have such a happy ending, but they soon find that their parents are greatly opposed to their marriage. Their attempts to be together and the obstacles that result--including Nathan's promise to his father that he will not marry Alice--make for many twists and turns in the lovers' lives.
Alice and Nathan's love story is played out against the rising disgust in the colonies with the British government and the conflict between loyalists and patriots.Read more ›
In fact, it was so exciting that toward the end, I couldn't put it down and ended up reading until I had finished it in the middle of the night. It is not often these days that I do that! Usually I pick up my book and in ten minutes my eyes are closing no matter how much I think I am interested in the subject.
I've enjoyed reading Becky Aker's other works, and am happy to see her branching out into the historical fiction genre. I'll be watching to see what she comes up with next.
The story has such beautiful prose and cadence, one feels he is marching into the arms of liberty. Mrs. Akers does something in her novel that I would bet you won't find in other novels of this period. Throughout the book, she peppers her prose with anarchistic principles: "taxation is robbery!"; "But government takes our money and says it'll spend it better than we can. It says it's doing it for our own good, whether we approve of it or not..."
My favorite quote of all: "Why should a country be run?"
From these fiery expressions we hear a cry for independence from the State that most other scholars would dare to discuss. This beautiful American novelist is talking to US.
The politics which drove the American Revolution are portrayed as libertarian, with allusions to John Locke. In this, Halestorm agrees with the Bernard Bailyn classic, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.
After your journey through Halestorm, you will feel indulgent enough to forgive both Nathan Hale and Becky Akers for their corny puns. Mostly, you will want to emulate Nathan Hale for his virtues.
The author's note at the end is gratifying, because it answers the questions which arise concerning the proportion of fact to fiction. And you will probably end up reading the Wikipedia article on Nathan Hale because you want to see the historical consensus about him.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author wove historical fact with fiction, bringing history to life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sue
A great read: This is not a work of historical fiction; it is an historical piece that reads as enjoyably as any fiction. History buffs and drama fans will love it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christopher S.
Could be a little more historically accurate but I knew it was a novel. First novel i've read in years all because Becky is a clear thinker and knows the state is evil. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Fritz Groszkruger
I was made aware of Ms. Akers historical novels through reading her posts on a political blog. While we share common ground in philosophical/libertarian views, I admit that I was... Read morePublished 12 months ago by R. R. Schoettker
If you like historic novels you will love this book. I had never thought much about Nathan Hale, but this put a real person in that story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mary
Enjoyed this historical novel about Capt. Nathan Hale from Coventry, CT. The story is based on facts beginning from his birth in 1755. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sunshine from Bean Town
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