John Jakes is the bestselling author of Charleston, the Kent Family Chronicles, the North and South trilogy, On Secret Service, California Gold, Homeland, and American Dreams. Descended from a soldier of the Virginia Continental Line who fought in the American Revolution, Jakes is one of today's most distinguished authors of historical fiction.
The beginnings of the American Revolution provide the backdrop and action for this first part of Jakes's ``Kent Family Chronicles.'' Listeners will follow the saga of Phillipe Charboneau, illegitimate son of an English nobleman. Phillipe travels from France to claim his inheritance and is denied. To escape being murdered by his half-brother, he travels to London and then Boston, where he changes his name to Philip Kent. Along the way he meets Ben Franklin, Lord North, and Sam Adams (among other historical figures) and participates in the Boston Tea Party. This abridgment is well done, allowing one to follow the protagonist's tempestuous adventures while retaining the wealth of historic detail that makes the story so fascinating. The narration by Bruce Watson is fine; he gives each character a distinct voice with appropriate accent. The episodes are linked by music while the narration is accompanied by sound effects. For popular collections.-- Michael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, N.C.
"It's been said before, but it can't be said enough--John Jakes makes history come alive, makes it stir your blood and excite your senses." John Jakes is the godfather of historical novelists. ("Los Angeles Times") Perhaps no author has made popularized American history more his own province than John Jakes. ("Jacksonville Times-Union") Jakes's bent for historical accuracy is unmatched in commercial fiction. ("San Francisco Chronicle") It's been said before, but it can't be said enough-John Jakes makes history come alive, makes it stir your blood and excite your senses. ("Nelson DeMille")