The War has Begun (Duty in the Cause of Liberty) (Volume 1) 1st Edition
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difficult to put it down. I can't wait for the sequel. This is History coming alive!
Although Frye has much reason to take pride in the exemplary service of his ancestor, the author’s writing is never pretentious or overzealous. Rather, the accounts of Isaac Frye’s trials and tribulations as he tries to balance his military life against his home and family is quite candid and compelling. Even though this account is a novel, Author Frye is careful to stick to the facts, outlining his predecessor’s daily life against actual military records, letters (both personal and military), and other historical documentation that provides information on his location during his tour of duty. In this context, Frye stitches a proud and honored legacy into the characters of his book, drawing on their dedication to the ideals of patriotism, morality, and family. Isaac Frye is an amiable, clever, and honest character who demonstrates a greatness in spirit that would make any descendent proud of his familial roots.
As a native of New Hampshire—Frye’s home state, an author, and historian, I found this novel true to its course, providing a genuine glimpse of the life and times of Author Frye’s protagonist during this exciting period in our country’s development. I highly recommend this novel either for reading pleasure or as an accompaniment to an educational course for extra insight on American History, the Continental Army, or the Revolutionary War.
Isaac Frye, a simple farmer, is sucked into the midst of the Revolutionary War and takes up arms to fight for his rights. His wife and children always on his mind, he hopes that the war will end soon so that he could return to them, but as the years go by this hope is dashed. Covering the years 1775 to the beginning of 1777, by telling the story of one man the author is able to give the reader a much deeper look into the reality of the Revolutionary War in general.
I liked this book. I felt that the author went to great lengths to make it as historically accurate as it could possibly be, and that it is a good book for people who like to read factual stories and accounts. However, I thought that the fictional dialog was much too stiff, forced, and unrealistic. The author might have done better to either make this a nonfiction book, or to have joined forces with a writer of fiction who could make the fictional parts read more realistically and smoothly. I also thought that the letters sent back and forth between Isaac and his wife should have been written in the same manner as the one real letter between them that the author included. The real letter was to the point, used the odd capitalization common to that era, had many errors in spelling, etc., while the fictional letters are very well-written and flowery, nothing at all like they would have been.
I will give the book an overall rating of three stars.