Native Son

Native Son

by J. M. Hochstetler


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ISBN-13: 9781936438099
Publisher: Sheaf House Publishers, LLC
Publication date: 02/02/2012
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers. A graduate of Indiana University, she is the author of the American Patriot Series set during the American Revolution. Her contemporary novel One Holy Night was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year and finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Book of the Year. Formerly an associate editor with Abingdon Press, she is the publisher and editorial director of Sheaf House Publishers.

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“No chance to get away to see Beth tonight either, I take it,” Major Charles Andrews ventured.

Brigadier General Jonathan Carleton threw his aide a brooding look as he urged his bay stallion forward, farther out of earshot of the riders trailing down the road behind them. It was nearing two o’clock, Sunday, July 2, 1775. Pulling off his wide-brimmed slouch hat, he wiped his brow with the back of his gloved hand before settling it back on his head with a jerk.

“We’ll undoubtedly be tied up with the generals until late.”

Andrews pulled his mount alongside Carleton’s. “I thought you’d break away yesterday when we stopped at Watertown to meet with the Provincial Congress.”

Carleton shook his head in frustration. “The General insisted I attend him. But I mean to see Beth tonight, even if it’s past midnight before we get there.”

“Washington has kept you on a short rein ever since we met him in New York.”

“All to your credit, Charles. If you hadn’t felt obliged to share every minute detail of my arrest and imminent hanging, we’d have been in Roxbury days ago.”

“It’s a good thing the General is being cautious,” Andrews countered. “If Isaiah hadn’t been on the alert on the road to New York, Gage’s agents would have us aboard ship to England by now, trussed up like a covey of Christmas geese.”

“And thank you for contributing a report on that little incident too,” Carleton returned sourly. “You managed to persuade Washington that the price Gage has put on my head—and on yours—will prove too tempting for someone whose need for cold coin is greater than his allegiance to the cause of liberty.”

Andrews returned a grin. “I’m a small fish. It’s you Gage wants. Considering the reward he’s offering, he obviously means to exact revenge for his humiliation at your hands. After all, you did pluck him clean of all the intelligence the Committee of Safety could have hoped for—while nestled sweetly in the general’s bosom.”

Carleton’s face clouded. “That’s what I despise about this. I should never have allowed myself to be persuaded to take on such a dishonorable role.”

“But spying in time of war is an ancient and necessary profession—even a biblical one. Don’t forget the twelve Hebrews who spied out the land of Canaan for Moses.”

“Yes, and because they listened to the ten who had no faith instead of the two who trusted God, the children of Israel wandered in the desert for the next forty years,” Carleton responded with a short laugh. “May our country not be so unfortunate.”

With each step, the horses’ hooves plopped deep into the muddy road. The day was hot and humid following an early morning rain, and thunderclouds were again building overhead. At ground level, the rising wind stirred the trees that shouldered each other along the road’s edge and drove patches of shadow and sun across the low, wooded hills four miles from Boston Harbor.

“I hate to admit it, but in this beastly heat and humidity these buckskins are not as comfortable as our new uniforms would have been. And it occurs to me—too late, as usual—that we’d make a better impression on Ward and his staff in full regalia than in Indian dress.”

Andrews surveyed Carleton’s leather hunting shirt, leggings, and moccasins that matched his own. “I’m surprised to hear you say it,” he retorted with a smile. “I’ve not observed that you’re often overly concerned about making an impression, favorable or not.”

Carleton struggled to adopt a wounded expression. “Now, Charles, you hardly know me at all if you can say such a thing. Besides, the New Englanders are already suspicious enough of us Southerners being foisted on them without their having any say in the matter. And you know full well how reluctant I always am to add fuel to a fire.”

Andrews snorted. “I can imagine what they’ll think if your former connection to the Shawnee comes out. But, at any rate, it’s a tad late to transform ourselves into proper officers now. We’ll have to bear their disapprobation with fortitude.”

“I’d as soon arrive in war paint with my head shaved,” Carleton growled, turning serious. “Let them think we’re true savages, and maybe they’ll mend their ways. But then, I’ve never been renowned for being exceptionally politic.”

“That’s an understatement, my friend. And speaking of diplomacy, how much have you told the General about you and Beth?”

Carleton grimaced. “Too deuced much, I fear. He seemed extraordinarily interested in Beth’s role as spy and smuggler for the Sons of Liberty. But when I mentioned our intent to marry, he changed the subject rather abruptly.”

Andrews raised an eyebrow. “You think he opposes your plans?”

His mouth tightening, Carleton turned in the saddle to measure the distance to the officers who rode at a leisurely pace behind them. All except their commander appeared too involved in conversation to pay him and Andrews much attention. As Carleton’s glance met his, however, Washington spurred his stallion forward.

“I suspect I’ll soon find out,” Carleton said in an undertone as Washington closed the distance between them.

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“J. M. Hochstetler strikes again! Native Son picks up where Daughter of Liberty left off and doesn’t let go of the reader even beyond the last word on the last page. Ms. Hochstetler has crafted a story full of intrigue, romance, and heart-racing action, all woven around the most accurately portrayed historical events and settings this reader has ever seen. Her characters—main and secondary—come alive on the page and stay with the reader long after the book is over. The spiritual conflict is both touching and challenging. J. M. Hochstetler is a skilled author whose style engages and allows the reader to get lost in 1775 . . . and makes me want to beg for more! I can’t wait to read the next installment.” —Kaye Dacus, author of The Ransome Trilogy “I read Daughter of Liberty a year ago and thought J. M. Hochstetler brought American history to life in that book. I hoped at the time she’d write a novel about every major battle in the American Revolution. I got my wish in Native Son, but not quite the way I expected. Hochstetler introduced me to a fascinating aspect of the revolution here, and I’d say more except I don’t want to give away too much of the first book. If you haven’t read that book, I highly recommend you read the series in order. I loved the glimpse into the lives of George Washington as he built his guerrilla forces into a fighting army, and the names and actions of the factual British Generals, intermixed with the fictionalized daring of our heroes. Fiction like this is a great, fun way to teach history.” —Mary Connealy, author of the Kincaid Brides Series “Native Son is an amazing and intricately woven sequel to Daughter of Liberty. . . . The author sucked me right into 1775 and I felt like I was living in a dangerous world—a cross between The Patriot and The Last of the Mohicans. Unlike many historicals, this one doesn’t gloss over the elements of the era, and feels authentic right down to the horrors of war. Temptations experienced by characters are not smoothed over and, in fact, add to the tension and beauty of the story. The different cultures are expertly contrasted, and you feel Carleton’s pain over having to choose, especially being a wanted man on all sides. This well-written novel had me up late and sitting on the edge of my seat, plucked at my heartstrings, then held me captive standing at the finish line, begging for more. This author is changing the face of historical fiction!” —Michelle Sutton, author of Letting Go

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Native Son 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Native Son was just as good as the first book in the series, Daughter of Liberty. The characters are the kind you think about long after the book is done because they are complex and extraordinary. The twists and turns in the plot kept me turning pages until the very end. Then, I was immediately trying to find out when the next book was scheduled for release. Great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
J. M. Hochstetler¿s second book in the American Patriot Series, Native Son, draws readers into the compelling first chapter. Brigadier General Jonathan Carleton meets with George Washington to discuss the patriot troops¿ readiness for war against trained British soldiers. Meanwhile, doctor¿s assistant Elizabeth Howard ties down a wounded man and helps the doctor amputate the man¿s gangrenous leg to save his life. As a patriot spy working in a Tory hospital, Elizabeth faces constant danger of discovery. Although Jonathan and Elizabeth determine to marry at the earliest opportunity, circumstances and General Washington¿s orders conspire to separate them. Carleton heads into Indian Territory, while Elizabeth stays behind. They believe God has inspired their commitment to the Patriot cause, but as the separation stretches to months, each struggles with how it will affect their relationship. When Carleton¿s negotiations with several Indian tribes turn sour, the Mohawks take him prisoner. Elizabeth wonders at Carleton¿s fate as time passes with no word from him. As she continues her work, one of the men helping her discovers her true role and threatens to expose her as a spy. Faced with danger at every turn, both Elizabeth and Carleton draw strength from the God they trust. But will it be enough as the pressures they face slowly change each of them and each continues to wonder about the fate of the other? Native Son holds as much historical detail as the first book in the series, Daughter of Liberty. However, Hochstetler¿s clear writing and obvious research make both books intriguing reads. The detail in the medical scenes is exquisite and gave me an eye-opening understanding of Revolutionary War-era amputation and medical care. Fascinating details also enhance the scenes in which the Mohawks hold Carleton prisoner and in later scenes when he lives with the Delaware Indians. Although Carleton and Elizabeth spend most of the book separated by many miles and different cultures, the strength of both characters easily carries the book. For fans of historicals, this series is a must. Watch for Hochstetler¿s third book in the American Patriot series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Native Son is the second book in author J.M. Hochstetler¿s The American Patriot Series, and is every bit as magnificently composed as the first--if not more so. Picking up where Daughter of Liberty left off, Native Son reprises the suspenseful setting and believable characters of book one and indelibly seals the heart of the reader to the author¿s work. With Patriot¿s identity exposed and a huge price on his head, he is no longer of any use to the Revolutionaries as a spy¿but his previous experience living with a tribe of Native Americans qualifies him for an even more dangerous assignment. Oriole, however, has not yet been exposed and therefore must remain behind to continue gathering intelligence for General Washington and his troops. The intertwining of these two stories keeps readers riveted to their seats from the first page to the last¿and anxiously awaiting book three.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Native Son, the second book of The American Patriot Series, continues the saga of Brigadier General Jonathan Carleton and the woman who has stolen his heart, Elizabeth Howard. Each have pledged their allegiance to General George Washington. Elizabeth¿s spy mission sends her gathering information among the Loyalists while Jonathan¿s orders send him deep into Indian Territory. When Elizabeth learns Jonathan has been captured by the Indians, she tries desperately to gain information about the man she loves. Unable to learn of Jonathan¿s fate, she is forced to continue life with the uncertainty of whether or not he is alive. Jonathan¿s life changes drastically when he becomes a slave to the tribe who captured him. He must endure decisions that put him in battle against the people to whom he has pledged his allegiance. Native Son is an excellent portrayal of both sides of the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Hochstetler¿s riveting historical tale goes a step further and takes the reader to another side¿the suffering of the Native Americans during this chapter of our nation¿s history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hochstetler has done it again, crafting a riveting story around our nation¿s history in a page-turner that both entertains and educates. The characters of Elizabeth and Jonathan are deeply embedded in my heart and soul now, such that I dreaded reading the last page knowing how long I must wait for the next book in this series! I¿m amazed at the attention to detail and setting that literally filled my senses with the sights, smells, and feel of this era. These, along with actual historical figures whose stories are perfectly woven into this fictional account, make this one of those rare books that stays with you long after you finish reading it. Years ago, as a sixth grader, I read Harold Keith¿s Rifles for Watie, a historical novel that first taught me about the Civil War from a human perspective. Forty years later, I¿ve never forgotten that book and that story, and I credit it with my life-long passion for history. In the same way, I believe this American Patriot series by J.M. Hochstetler (Daughter of Liberty and now Native Son) would make excellent teaching tools, making this part of our history come alive for students of all ages. Outstanding! My only complaint is the pending wait for Book 3!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Native Son is a wonderfully detailed novel from a historian more than skilled in the craft of writing fiction! Hochstetler weaves a rich, descriptive tale with characters that practically leap off the page. The second in a series preceded by 'Daughter of Liberty,' readers join Jonathan Carleton and Elizabeth Howard in further adventures and spiritual growth as they fill their respective roles in the fight for freedom. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Elizabeth's spy missions for General Washington and the sons of Liberty, as well as Carleton's foray back into the Native American culture. As the fight for freedom escalates and the stakes continue to rise, readers will find themselves unable to stop turning the page. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Native Son is an amazing and intricately woven sequel to Daughter of Liberty. Words can't describe how pleased I am with this book. I will give it my best shot, though it will still be sorely understated. The plot is accurate and carries you along like a swift current, the characters are distinct and engaging and you want to see them find healing and happiness. The end leaves you begging for more., though I won't spoil it for you by giving it away. I read a lot of historical fiction both ABA and CBA and this story ranks as number 1 on my list of favorites. The author sucked me right into 1775 and I felt like I was living in a dangerous world--a cross between The Patriot and The Last of the Mohicans. The attention to detail illustrates what a gifted historian the author is. Unlike many historicals, this one doesn't gloss over the elements of the era, and feels authentic right down to the horrors of war. The spiritual element is a natural part of the story. It's very believable and practical without sounding preachy. Temptations experienced by characters are not smoothed over and in fact, add to the tension and beauty of the story. The different cultures are expertly contrasted and you feel Carleton's pain over having to choose, especially being a wanted man on all sides. What can I say? This well-written novel sucked me in, had me up late and sitting on the edge of my seat, plucked at my heartstrings, then held me captive standing at the finish line, begging for more. This author has what it takes! If you choose to read Native Son, it will be worth your while all around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved it! What a terrific mix of history and storytelling! Real events in our nation¿s history come to life as you follow the wonderful storyline and fall in love with the characters. Native Son contains every bit the action and intrigue you loved in Daughter of Liberty, the first book in the series, with the romance between the hero and heroine deepening, then undergoing a test as their paths take them separate directions for a while. I can¿t wait for the next book in the series.
WindsongBT More than 1 year ago
Following "Daughter of Liberty," George Washington, commander of the American Forces separates Elizabeth Howard and Jonathan Carleton when he asks Elizabeth to resume spying against the British in Boston, while he promotes Jonathan to Brigadier General and orders him on a secret mission to recruit Shawnee Indians to raid British outposts just as reinforced British troops amass to invade New York. J.M. Hochstetler takes us in her time machine and transforms poster-stamp names in history, such as George Washington, John Hancock or Samuel Adams, into real characters we can see, hear and at times even smell, like or dislike depending on their moods or deeds. She helps readers reconnect to the "pluck" that built her nation's love of freedom and independent enterprise. In these difficult economic times, Americans need to be reminded of the resourcefulness and courage of their forebears, of the united spirit that rescued them from poverty and tyranny, and to show them that once again they can rise to overcome oppressive conditions. This fictional trilogy set in the American Revolution is not only a thoroughly entertaining Five-Star read but also belongs in every library across the country, especially from middle schools to universities. As required reading, it would certainly make history the exciting study it truly is and give back to Americans pride in their heritage.