Stately Hawking Manor, home to three generations of Carstairs holds ominous secrets. An act of revenge on the road to London brings some of these to light. But with the coming of age of the next generation of Carstairs new secrets are born. From childhood Henry, Samuel and Meredith's oldest son, distresses them with his dark side. In a desperate attempt to curb Henry's wild ways they enlist him with the Dragoons. But the years with the Horsemen lead to a friendship with Eugene Fairham an unscrupulous brawler who loves the night. Not the Dragoons but Louisa, a beautiful, headstrong woman manages to bridle Henry. Benjamin, the younger Carstairs son, is bright and angelic looking, but not without mischief. Celebrating his private school studies with Henry and his friend. Eugene tricks him and slips him onto the Fortune Four, a Packet Ship raising anchor to sail to North America. There Benjamin turns his plight into an adventure and seeks to make good his promise to his late uncle to find his wife and daughter captured several years earlier by a band of enemy warriors. Benjamin ventures into dangerous, uncharted territory in his search for Clarissa. But the vastness of the continent with its many dangers, his loneliness after months on horseback bring him near to despair. An unexpected meeting with a former friend gives Benjamin new hope to find his cousin and be able to return home. After facing many dangers for months in the wilderness, it is at home where Benjamin faces his greatest danger. To overcome this deadly danger Henry and Benjamin must unite and become the brothers they were born to be
|Publisher:||W. H. Manke|
|File size:||601 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
If one had to describe Werner Manke in five words the most appropriate words might be being passionate about many things. Manke's family, faith and health rank at the top of his list. He enjoyed a career in education as teacher, principal and Director of Instruction, and retired after thirty years to have time to pursue other interests. The years in education taught him much about how humans learn. Day-to-day observations, common sense and a good deal of research gave him an understanding about what it takes for people to be successful. He holds a degree with concentrations in English and Education and a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Strategic Planning. Ask him what he enjoys doing since retirement he’ll tell you, "Ranking at the top with other activities I love to watch my grandchildren at play, to read and to write. In the last few years I completed five full length novels, published two, and I've recently completed writing Storms over Hawking Manor, a sequel to the first novel I published, Secrets of Hawking Manor." The later book he edited and formatted at the end of 2014 for Smashwords' distribution to publishers and retailers that sell E-Books. He had also written a number of articles, short stories and many poems during those years. When he is not near his grandchildren he might be found writing, researching or reading. He loves to play, coach and watch a number of sports that include soccer, hockey, skiing, fishing as well as collecting. He delights in the beauty of nature and the arts. Certain types of paintings and poems and the lyrics and melodies of some songs and hymns cause him to marvel at people's talents. He continues to study history. Ask him why he does, he will say, "We can make this a better world, if we consider the actions of individuals and countries of the past, good and bad, that history shows us and include that knowledge in our guidebook to roads not yet taken." He believes humans are the crowning work of creation, sees each person as unique, one of a kind, priceless and able to achieve the greatest deeds as well as sink to the most hideous crimes. He believes our most urgent task is to guide all children to become compassionate, confident and informed citizen willing to take on the challenge to create a peaceful world where no child goes hungry.
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Imagine yourself, standing before a stirring painting in an arts gallery or a museum, and wondering if you could sketch and embellish a likeness of it? Werner Manke has done something even better. He has written a novel to bring an eighteenth-century English painting of Seven Oaks to life, for he states that work of art ". begged me to ask what dreams and fears the people had who lived in that world?" The novel arrests us from the very beginning. It opens, as a Hollywood movie might, in the middle of the night, outside the gates of a stately mansion in England. As the camera pans and leads us through the exquisite surroundings up the cobblestone roadway, past the fountain, the two sets of sprawling stairways to the large terrace, a sharp piercing cry is heard from the dimly lit Hawking Manor; home of generations of Carstairs. The manor indeed holds numerous secrets, particularly those of the darker side of the eldest son, Henry, his fondness for the young governess, Hannah, and scorn for his younger brother, Benjamin. Henry's service in the Dragoons befriends him with a brawler and a scoundrel, Eugene, who is instrumental-in an act of trickery-in having Benjamin shipped off to America. Henry not only looses his brother, but following a misunderstanding, his wife and son as well. The novel takes us on a journey almost half way around the world. We follow young Benjamin to Boston, around the Cape Horn to San Francisco, and then in search of gold to American River. But his quest is also for his aunt and her daughter, Clarissa, who had been kidnapped by the Blackfoot Indians. After journeying on horseback, through the prairies with Benjamin, we arrive at a Hudson Bay post to new revelations. The novel's resounding conclusion brings us back, with Benjamin, to Hawking Manor. Although he finds love, other conflicts await him, those being in the form of the vengeful Eugene. True to the traditional way of settling scores those days, a duel ensues that involves Henry, proving his affection for his brother and estranged wife as well. The ending chapter is not unlike the movie might end. We are back in front of the estate and watch through a window, Martin Tuttleford, the self-taught farm hand, finish writing and close a manuscript titled: The Secrets of Hawking Manor. Reading the spellbinding novel would likely be as if watching a movie, in one sitting. At the end, having grown fond of the cast we may not help but think similarly as the author and Martin Tuttleford mused, ".in many ways I dread the book's completion." I, for one, am tempted to read the novel again. Waheed Rabbani Author of The Azadi Trilogy, Book I: Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest home.cogeco.ca/~wrabbani