J. J. Knights is a retired FBI Special Agent. His assignments included violent crimes and fugitives, property crimes, civil rights investigations, and foreign counterintelligence. He was a surveillance pilot, SWAT sniper, media representative, and worked in the FBI's technical investigations program. Knights also volunteered as a Civil Air Patrol pilot, squadron commander and public information officer. He is an emeritus member of the Imperial Public Relations Committee of Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. He received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. He made his film debut as an extra in "You Are My Friend," starring Tom Hanks and Matthew Ryhs. A native of New England, Knights resides in southwestern Pennsylvania with his wife and honeybees. He has authored several published articles on law enforcement recruiting. Benjamin's Field is his first novel.
Coming Soon: Soldier Girl Blue
A resolute young Canadian woman escapes an arranged marriage by posing as a man and fleeing to Civil War America.
Though undiscovered and safe, she finds herself in a country on the brink of Civil War. Forced by her conscience to help end slavery, she maintains her disguise to join the Union Army, ultimately volunteering to spy behind Confederate lines.
After learning her clandestine lover has been captured, she must make the most critical choice of her life: fulfill her mission or disobey and risk sacrificing her secret - and her life - to save him.
Inspired by the true story of New Brunswick native Sarah Emma Edmonds.
Coming soon from S & H Publishing!
Soldier Girl Blue Reviewed By Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
If you're a fan of Civil War fiction with drama, suspense, an engaging plot, and an interesting historical twist, Soldier Girl Blue by J. J. Knights is for you. Inspired by the true story of a young woman who escaped an arranged marriage by fleeing to the United States, disguising herself as a man, and serving in the army during the Civil War, it recounts the fictional story of Emily who does just that. Pretending to be a young man, she serves as a corporal and battlefield nurse on the Union side. The complication of a secret romance with a fellow Canadian, and the introduction of a brutal antagonist who crosses her path more than once and has revenge in his eyes add to the unfolding drama.
I enjoyed reading Soldier Girl Blue. In Emily, Knights presents a heroine of great courage, conviction, passion, and ability: an ordinary young woman who willingly marches into an extraordinary situation and places herself in harm's way. The narrative is well paced, flowing, descriptive, and suspenseful. Emily's series of adventures, set against the historical background of bloody battlefields and well-disguised espionage, introduces a wide spectrum of secondary characters from both sides of the conflict. I especially liked the portrayal of several former slaves whose intelligence, courage, and loyalty prove invaluable to Emily's survival. In recounting Emily's story, Knights offers a tribute to Canadians who made the journey south to join a war that wasn't theirs, and to women who served in non-traditional roles as combatants and spies. An entertaining and educational read.