- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (November 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1535188820
- ISBN-13: 978-1535188821
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Passel of Trouble: The Saga of Loyalist Partisan David Fanning Paperback – November 9, 2016
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"Taut. Gritty. Riveting. Compelling. A must read for those seeking well-written fact-based fiction. Those words partially illuminate former Green Beret Joe Epley's second telling of the story of the brutal Revolutionary War fought in the Carolinas, A Passel of Trouble.
The novel's hero (or anti-hero, depending on one's point-of-view), is real-life partisan Loyalist David Fanning, notorious in the annals of this war's history for cunning, tactical brilliance, and audacious actions. From the moment that that young David Fanning crawled out of the muck that harbored his emaciated, tortured and near-dead body in 1770, through his seven-year evolution into the most feared and accomplished Loyalist leader of the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas, the drama literally leaps from the pages of this 422-page novel."
-- Tryon Daily Bulletin
"Epley's exhaustive research offers a clear perspective on the second and third order effects of America's war for independence on the families of the Carolinas and the ensuing partisan warfare which claimed thousands of lives." --Lieutenant General(Retired) Michael S. Tucker, US Army
"In Epley's skillful hands, Fanning's story crackles with excitement -- bold action, narrow escapes -- set against the backdrop of the American struggle for independence. A compelling tale, mighty well told." -- Robert Inman, author of Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary War Drama
"The author combines his academic rigor with novelistic strokes, showing how David's feats on the battlefield became the fodder of legend, even myth... Epley's protagonist leads a wildly adventurous life that's often riveting. It's also exceedingly rare to see a sympathetic treatment of the Loyalist side--fictional or otherwise--which makes this novel an uncommon treat."
About the Author
Joe Epley is a guy who has worn many hats over his adult life -- Green Beret, television journalist, public relations executive, change agent and now, novelist. He also has canoed Arctic wilderness rivers, hiked the Australian outback and helped restore homes destroyed by hurricanes. His first historical novel won an award from the Military Writers Society of America and was named "Editor's Choice" by the Historical Novel Society. For nearly 40 years, he led Epley Associates, a successful public relations firm in Charlotte, N.C., and achieved international recognition for his leadership in the field. He was president of the Public Relations Society of America and at various times headed its prestigious College of Fellows, Counselors Academy, and the PRSA Foundation. He was a co-founder and global chair of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest consortium of independent public relations firms. In addition to lecturing at universities and before professional groups throughout the world, he helped introduce the PR profession to Russia in the waning days of the Soviet Union. During his career, he also held leadership roles in a number of organizations. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Marketing Alliance, a public traded life insurance brokerage firm that serves independent agents nationwide, and the Military Writers Society of America. Among Joe’s honors is the Gold Anvil, the highest award in the public relations profession for lifetime achievement. In addition to his election to the University of North Carolina’s Journalism School Public Relations Hall of Fame and the alumni hall of fame for the Defense Information School, he has been awarded of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest award for noteworthy citizens. After selling his business in Charlotte in 2005, Joe retired with his wife to the wooded hills near Tryon, N.C. where he continues public service work in addition to research and writing about the American Revolutionary War. He remains active as public relations consultant and as an advisor for international public relations studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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It is with this talent that he has put before us the life of one David Fanning. Young David suffered a difficult start in life. One that followed him all his days, yet did not succeed in stopping him from rising to a high profile during America's Revolutionary Conflict. He was able to gain the attention of leaders on both sides during the war. On the Loyalist side he was revered as a leader and warrior, on the Patriot side, a feared and dreaded opponent.
Mr. Epley's narrative of the exploits of David Fanning, and the struggles of the folk of the Carolinas and Georgia during the Revolution made an immediate impression on me that each side held strong convictions as to their leanings. I now, as a result of this book, approach the world of Politics with a new vow to try to see both sides of issues, and not let passion guide my thoughts. I am a patriotic soul, and still get a tightness in my throat, when the Flag goes by, or Our National Anthem is sung. But in the story of David Fanning, I could clearly see the picture from his and his followers point of view.
My ancestors, some of which marched to the same drum as did David Fanning, and others which stood with weapons at ready against him., have been pushed to the front of my thoughts, and to the point of much more research after this great story. I could write several more paragraphs in praise, but I had rather put aside my thoughts, and encourage you to take the time and read "A Passel of Trouble" by my friend Joe Epley.
My only regret Joe, is the book ended, before I was ready, but is was a story well told and ended properly, so now Sir, "More".