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The Bastard [Mass Market Paperback]

John Jakes
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Jan. 6 2004 Kent Family Chronicles
This is the story of Philip Kent. The illegitimate son of a British nobleman who was denied his heritage, he embraces the ideals of the fledgling nation of America-and takes up arms against his father's homeland.

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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to the Kent Family Chronicles June 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My grandmother gave me the hardcover edition of the entire Kent Family Chronicles over two years ago. After reading several other non-related books, I finally decided to pick up The Bastard and start reading. Well, the book was so good that I ended up finishing it in 3 days just so that I could get on to the next book to see what happens next!!! John Jakes is an exceptional writer who has the ability to write about history, love, deception, you name it...and he makes all of his characters seem so alive that it is not hard to picture all of the different scenes that he creates. He nails the classic love story right on the head with the twists and turns between Philip's (the main character) feelings for both Anne and Alicia, and the choices that Philip has to make. Also, I love how Philip is always fortunate enough to met some of our most pivotal members of American History, such as Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and so on. If you truly want to learn more about American history in a fun and exciting way, then definately pick up this book and start reading. You cannot go wrong!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting opening to a series. March 29 2003
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This first book in the Kent Family Chronicles is a great opening to the series.Philippe Charbonneau, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Kentland and Marie, a Parisian actress, travels to England to find his father who signed a document acknowledging Phillipe as his son and entitling him to a share of his fortune.The Duke's legitimate son,Roger and the Duchess,Jane, prevent Philippe and Marie from seeing the Duke and hatch murderous plots against them,forcing them to flee to London.They are given shelter by a kindly printer and his family who teach Philippe the printing trade.Their whereabouts in London is discovered by Roger,forcing them to sail to the New World in fear for their lives.Marie dies during the voyage, leaving the young boy to arrive in Boston alone and friendless.He falls in with a group of American patriots who are fighting for the cause of American independence.Philippe realises that all thought of claiming his English heritage is futile and he becomes a "Son of Liberty",witnessing at first hand the Boston Tea Party and the beginning of the War of Independence.I can't wait to begin Book 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to US History 101! Sept. 5 2002
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Philipe is a Frenchman and the bastard some of an English duke. He is teased and ostracized most of his life because no one in his hometown in France really believes that he is the son of a duke and because his mother used to be an actress. After the death of his father, his half-brother and stepmother make it clear that he is unwelcome in their home, so he decides to move to the colonies and start a new life. Once he arrives in Boston, he unintentionally becomes enmeshed in the revolutionary fervor that is blossoming in the town. The education he recieved as the son of a duke was very enlightened for its time, allowing Phillipe to appreciate and understand the "new" political theories emerging as the colonies break from the British empire.
This is the first book in the Kent Family Chronicles, which charts the history of one family from before the American Revolution to the late 1900s. As a first book in a series, the scene, tone, and family character is well set. John Jakes writes his story with an eye for detail and for entertainment. As I read this series when I was 14, I frequently use these stories as a reference point when remembering details of American history. I highly recommned this series for anyone who wants to learn early US history but doesn't like to read history text books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Writing at its best! Feb. 28 2000
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I read all the series in the Kent Family Chronicles ten years ago when I was a senior in high school. I could not put them down and was fascinated by what each generation of this family went through. At the time, I was studying American History and these books made everything click and placed it all in perspective. John Jakes is the one who inspired me to work towards my dream of a writing career and to pursue a degree in junior high or high school history. He is one of my very favorite authors. He makes history come alive and helps one to understand it all. The breathtaking romance and nail biting adventure and thrills are just the icing on the cake. I loved every book in the series, although the "Warriors" is my favorite and "Jeremiah", my favorite Kent family member. I look forward to rereading them all again soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Combination -- History and Story Telling June 1 2001
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I started with the North & South Trilogy and was deeply depressed when it was over. I deeply missed the characters and just didn't want it to end. Therefore, what could be better than a John Jakes story that takes 8 books to complete!! Once you read The books, you won't be able to stop until you read them all. This is a great book containing three different stories or stages surrounding the life of our first Kent -- Phillip. All of these stories collide for a finale that is as good as anything I have ever read. One of the best parts of this book is how Jakes uses Ben Franklin as the key character in bringing the story together. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. The story is superb and the history lesson makes you proud to be an American. I can't wait to start Book Two -- The Rebels!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really worth a 4 1/2
Although not much of a fan of historical battles, this book was really much more about a young man growing up in rural France, losing his mother, the trials and tribulations of the... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2012 by PumpkinPie
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted Me to the Series
I picked up this book at a garage sale and made the mistake of buying this book and then reading it. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003 by Michael A. Newman
2.0 out of 5 stars Too didactic
I didn't really "finish" this book, but rather quit reading it in the middle. Written in 1974, it is the first in a series of eight books following one family through 200 years of... Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2003 by Ralph R. Echtinaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Dalton's Reading List
Enjoy all his books. Good story teller.
Published on May 30 2003 by Joy L. Hale-Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars Stilted dialog; inconsistent & unsympathetic characters
This refers to the unabridged audio cassette version. The reviews made this sound like an excellent book in an excellent series. Read more
Published on June 12 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Just ordered the next 2 volumes....
I love John Jakes and after finishing vol I, I expect the story to get better and better. The writing style is excellent, easy to follow and flows perfectly.... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2001 by Jeffrey Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Combination -- History and Story Telling
I started with the North & South Trilogy and was deeply depressed when it was over. I deeply missed the characters and just didn't want it to end. Read more
Published on June 1 2001 by "garends1"
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
I am now 36 years old and I never read the series when it came out, nor did I see the mini-series movie on tv. Read more
Published on July 14 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
I am now 36 years old and I never read the series when it came out, nor did I see the mini-series movie on tv. Read more
Published on July 14 2000
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