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The Bastard (The Kent Family Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Meet Phillipe Charboneau: the illegitimate son and unrecognized heir of the Duke of Kentland. Upon the Duke’s death, Phillipe is denied his birthright and left to build a life of his own. Seeking all that the New World promises, he leaves London for America, shedding his past and preparing for the future by changing his name to Philip Kent. He arrives at the brink of the American Revolution, which tests his allegiances in ways he never imagined. The first volume of John Jakes’s wildly successful and highly addictive Kent Family Chronicles, The Bastard is a triumph of historical fiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
“John Jakes is the best historical novelist of our time.” —Patricia Cornwell
“At the very heart of every Jakes saga is a story that throbs to the beat of history.” —The Plain Dealer
- ASIN : B008E6KV42
- Publisher : Open Road Media (July 10, 2012)
- Publication date : July 10, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 6996 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 542 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,122 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Originally, what is now sub titled as “The Kent Family Chronicles” was known as “The BiCentennial Series” and was published in the mid 1970’s. It was then I read it and loved it for the first time. How fantastic to find the entire series on Kindle! 40+ years later, Jakes’ writing is still full of action, adventure, good dialogue and a parade of historical characters that is soap opera convenient. It’s all contrived but really, you won’t mind because it’s great fun and Jakes doesn’t try to hide it from you. He’s blatant about the name dropping and at least his history is TRUE; not that nonsense the schools are trying to pass off as American History these days...🤬!
Speaking of 🤬, “The Bastard” earns itself an R rating on many fronts or should I say every front: language, sexual content and violence. The only redeeming quality about it is that it’s really not gratuitous. For the most part, the incidences are appropriate for the story or character and not excessively descriptive. That said, sensitive folks will be offended and these books are not for children under 16, imho. The rougher aspects can be skimmed or flipped by without loosing track of the story.
Jakes is wonderful at creating characters and building families. “The Bastard” is the 1st in an 8 book series that is an huge family saga. He provides family trees for the 2 main families and you’re going to need them; they’re big trees with lots of leaves and lots of fruit. The dialogue is comfortable and moves this big book (545 pls) along at a quick pace.
Finally, the prose is also well written. Regardless of wether he’s writing about France or the New World, John Jakes is able to bring the sound, smell, flora and fauna to life on the pages of his “fictorical” gem, “The Bastard”. Read it again for the 1st time, this century ❤️
Guess what? Now in my 60s, I find that The Bastard, the first book in the Kent Family Chronicles is much the same. In fact, I think the title should be changed to A Story About a Boy Who Can’t Catch a Break or Make Up His Mind Told Very Slowly.” Fortunately, the last 5 chapters or so finally add exciting pacing and edge-of-your-seat tension as the first spark of the American Revolution is lit. Up to that point however, for the reader, it’s a forced march thru deep mud to get there.
Whichever style compels you to be want to be engaged with an epoch then read it. If it compels someone to want to know more about an era then I say that book or drama has done its part.
This series brings to life all the books I read in high school and college regarding the revolutionary war. It gave a heartbeat to a time that sometimes felt like a a Frankenstein monster in its mundaneness.
I've known about John Jakes Kent family chronicles for decades but never read them. I'm thrilled to have an exciting eight book (now seven) series to read