Library JournalThe 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.-- Michael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, N.C.
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