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The War has Begun (Duty in the Cause of Liberty) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 17, 2017
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About the Author
Charles E. Frye is a geographer, cartographer, information scientist, and U.S. Army veteran. His interests include genealogy, history of the American Revolutionary War, and major league baseball. As he learned of Isaac Frye’s story, he applied his skills to design an approach to use geographic information systems to organize and document historical research projects. Applying this approach to Isaac Frye’s story yielded a wealth of information that could be organized many ways. This supplied the skeleton for the The War has Begun, the first of four books in the Duty in the Call of Liberty series. Today he lives and works in southern California.
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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.
The main character, Isaac Fry was a real person. This is his story, as it was many thousands of other Revolutionary War soldiers, state militia, and sailors. This story only includes the first three years of the war, with follow up books to take us to the end of the War. The author includes some 30 pages of historical sources listed at the end of the book used to create his fictional story, but with real people and real events. So while you are reading a fictional account, the author blends the two together putting you in the time and place. This is not a book with battle after battle, because that was not the early actions of the war, but as the title says, “The War has Begun”. We do see the tactics of small units, a number of battles, the fear, the death, the General Orders, movement to an area of operation, and the drudgery of “hurry up and wait”, something everyone who has ever severed in the military knows too well about. This is a good read, because I can see it in my mind, just like it was a movie, and those are the best kind of books to read.
The research and painstaking attention to detail involved in this undertaking is mind-blowing. The author has also created professional maps of the battlegrounds and campaigns, drawing on his expertise and experience as a cartographer. 'The War has Begun' is a total immersion experience. The language is kid-friendly and I recommend that this novel be added to elementary, high school, college, and university curricula across the United States.