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The Rule of Ranging 2 - Into the Valley of Quietus

The Rule of Ranging 2 - Into the Valley of Quietus

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by Timothy M. Kestrel
     
 

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When Finn is orphaned by Johan Kopf, the infamous Totenkopf and Hessian mercenary, he soon finds himself in the frontier wilds that range from Pennsylvania to Nova Scotia in the late 1750s. There, he is caught up in a bloody conflict that is raging between Great Britain and France, and he joins the first special operations unit in history, the notorious Rogers Rangers

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When Finn is orphaned by Johan Kopf, the infamous Totenkopf and Hessian mercenary, he soon finds himself in the frontier wilds that range from Pennsylvania to Nova Scotia in the late 1750s. There, he is caught up in a bloody conflict that is raging between Great Britain and France, and he joins the first special operations unit in history, the notorious Rogers Rangers in Fort Edward, New York. Under the command of Major Robert Rogers, Finn is set on countless daring raids and covert missions against the French.

Throughout numerous conflicts, battles, and skirmishes, Finn not only struggles for survival with his family of battle brothers, but also his own loneliness that has resulted from losing the love of his life, Rosie. He finds out that the whole borderland is in turmoil as growing numbers of settlers, transportees and profiteers arrive, increasing pressure on the mighty Iroquois nation.

Fortunately, Finn has help from his band of underdog friends, Olaudah "Gus" Equiano, a freed slave; Marcus Fronto, an eccentric wanderer turned Finn's mentor; and Daniel Nimham, a fierce Wappinger warrior; and beautiful, but perplexing Catherina Brett.

Ultimately, however, Finn realizes that if he is to survive this war and keep his sanity intact, he is going to have to learn to grow both on and off the field in a world gone mad. And that's a journey that only he can make.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
In Kestrel's uneven sequel to Eclipse of the Midnight Sun, the elderly Mr. Morton continues telling journalist Henry Raymond of his experiences as a wanderer named Finn in 18th-century America. As the British and French struggle for influence with Native American tribes and fight each other, stalwart militia leader Robert Rogers contends with incompetent British officials and leads his rugged Rogers Rangers—of which Finn becomes a member—in irregular warfare. Amid the turmoil, Finn enjoys the company of friends Fronto, Gus, and Daniel, and mourns the loss of his love, Rosie, while finding occasional solace elsewhere. Much like the previous volume, Kestrel's novel is full of adventure, battle, derring-do, and excitement. However, underdeveloped characters and poorly constructed dialogue—along with the occasional anachronism—will take readers out of an otherwise engaging story.
ForeWord - Kandy Alameda
"From the first paragraph, Kestrel uses a cinematic approach to showcase the setting, engaging all the senses. An insightful look into the lives, desires, and dreams of the men fighting to protect their people. Kestrel creates an interesting story about a time not often explored in literature. His characters are worth cheering for, creating the tension and urgency that keeps the story moving forward."
Military Writer's Society of America - Barbara Allen
"The book gives life to those who fought for their country as well as those who loved them. This allows readers to feel a connection to history in a manner not possible through textbooks alone. The similarities and differences between historical and present day soldiers and battles can be felt through the characters, thus creating a link between them."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988666023
Publisher:
Timothy Kestrel Arts & Media, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2013
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Timothy M. Kestrel is a Finnish-American author, linguist, and freelance translator. In addition to writing historical works of fiction, he has translated graphic novels (Judge Dredd, The Dirty Pair) and worked on entertainment projects in TV and film productions. He is a former US Army Ranger.

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