The Bastard Mass Market Paperback – Jan 6 2004
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From Library Journal
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.
"It's been said before, but it can't be said enough--John Jakes makes history come alive, makes it stir your blood and excite your senses."
John Jakes is the godfather of historical novelists. ("Los Angeles Times") Perhaps no author has made popularized American history more his own province than John Jakes. ("Jacksonville Times-Union") Jakes's bent for historical accuracy is unmatched in commercial fiction. ("San Francisco Chronicle") It's been said before, but it can't be said enough-John Jakes makes history come alive, makes it stir your blood and excite your senses. ("Nelson DeMille")
Top Customer Reviews
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.
I think there wasn't quite enough reflection on Philip's part about how his body count was adding up in such a short time frame. Unless he actually doesn't have much of a conscience, or that the killing was typical in that day and age for many men.
I will be going on to the 2nd in the series.
Most recent customer reviews
one of the notable series on the Americian Revolution, full of a feeling of the impending trouble between England and the colonies. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robin
I picked up this book at a garage sale and made the mistake of buying this book and then reading it. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2003 by Michael A. Newman
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 morePublished on Sept. 27 2003 by Ralph R. Echtinaw
This refers to the unabridged audio cassette version. The reviews made this sound like an excellent book in an excellent series. Read morePublished on June 12 2002
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 morePublished on Oct. 15 2001 by Jeffrey Roberts
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 morePublished on June 1 2001