The Tory by T.J. London

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THE TORY BY T.J. LONDON

Publication Date: April 11, 2018
Peperback & eBook; 517 Pages

Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book #1
Genre: Historical Fiction

It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice…

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray.

But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…

“The pages fly as you immerse yourself in this fantastic adventure.” – RT Book Review

MY REVIEW

At first I was slightly hesitant about reading this book, at least for the time being, as I am in the process of writing my own novel set during the American Revolution. However, once I determined that the subject matter for The Tory was sufficiently different from mine, my reticence disappeared. Besides, the author and I share hometowns, so how could I say no.  🙂

I  was riveted to this tale from the beginning; a different look at the Revolution, one that takes place on the frontier and features the involvement of the Iroquois Confederacy; especially the tribe that sided with the colonists, The Oneida. I can’t say enough about the emotional suffering, mental anguish, and physical trauma that the two main protagonists endure in this tense drama. There are many sub-plots that are seamlessly weaved into the narrative that highlight the very complicated, increasingly dangerous situation facing John and Dellis. It is, boys and girls, a page turning tale, though I did stop once in a while to catch my breath.  🙂  Meticulously researched, engaging subject matter, and best of all, a tale that will continue in the sequel, The Traitor, I think you will thoroughly enjoy The Tory.  5 Stars

 

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About the Author

T.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Mickey.

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The Wessex Turncoat by Michael E. Wills

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In the interest of transparent accountability I hereby issue the following disclaimer:  Neither the fact that I won a copy in a giveaway on that very fine Facebook page The Review, and that the copy I am reviewing is autographed by the author with an encouraging sentiment included, nor the fact that much of The Wessex Turncoat takes place during The American Revolution which just happens to be the subject of my current work in process, have in any way influenced or infringed upon my integrity as the founder of this very fine book review blog.  Never even entered the mind; so be comforted, my book review reading peeps, by this humble yet wise reader, writer and reviewer of books and his impeccable, honesty-driven character.

Aaron Mews is a seventeen year old blacksmith’s apprentice who volunteers to take his father’s place in delivering a horse to a buyer in town some miles away from home.  Everything is going just fine until his inexperience and naiveté finds him in dire straits and at the mercy of an army recruiting troop.  Now, I have read the most excellent Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian so I have a pretty good idea how hard life was for a British sailor.  In The Wessex Turncoat we get a good glimpse into the life of a Redcoat infantryman, including the, shall we say, unorthodox recruiting techniques.  His regiment is eventually sent to North America to help quell the colonial unrest.  During the course of the book we see Mewie grow into his new role as a soldier and as a man who is not afraid to take risks to perform his responsibilities.   Faced with privation, hardship and loss he refuses to lose hope and rebounds from the challenges.  The research that went into this book is evident from the squire-peasant relationship, the way of life as a soldier, the topography and battle scenes.  When you combine the scholarship involved with an easy reading style and an engaging story line with enough surprises to keep the reader happy and guessing, you have the makings of a enjoyable read that you may even learn from.

All kidding around aside, this book stands out on it’s own merit…a solid 4 star tale – one that isn’t finished yet  🙂

About the author:

I was born many years ago in Newport on the Isle of Wight and attended the Priory Boys’ School and later Carisbrooke Grammar. On leaving school I trained as a teacher at St Peter’s College,  Birmingham, before teaching mathematics and physical education for two years at a rural secondary school in Kent.

I decided that I would like to teach abroad and so I re-trained to become a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. I was lucky enough to get a one year contract to work in Sweden, a country I learned to love. In fact I stayed there for thirteen years. In 1979 I returned to UK with my wife Barbro and our three daughters, with a plan. We wanted to start our own business, and we did. It was called the Salisbury School of English.

From small beginnings the school developed into substantial business enterprise. I retired in 2008 after over forty years in the field of education. Along the way, I was President of Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Co-Chair of English UK, the national association of English language training providers.

Currently, I am employed part-time as Ombudsman for English UK. Life has never been busier and I divide my spare time between enjoying my grandchildren, and indulging my interests in writing, carpentry, amateur radio and sailing.

I have had a life-long interest in history and in particular that of the Viking period. Thus it was that I was very pleased to focus on this by doing academic and field research for two novels about this turbulent time in English and Scandinavian history.

Two other areas of history which interest me greatly are the American War of Independence; this is the subject of my latest novel, “The Wessex Turncoat”, and the Dunkirk Evacuation in the Second World War. As regards the latter, I have created a website with resource material for anyone interested in this subject. www.iowtodunkirk.com