Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale

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Synopsis:

It’s The Last of the Mohicans meets HBO’s Rome in this exciting and inventive debut novel from Sidewise Award-winner, Alan Smale, that will thrill fans of alternate history, historical fiction, and military fiction.

In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, a legion under the command of general Gaius Marcellinus invades the newly-discovered North American continent. But Marcellinus and his troops have woefully underestimated the fighting prowess of the Native American inhabitants. When Gaius is caught behind enemy lines and spared, he must reevaluate his allegiances and find a new place in this strange land.

Review:

Such a unique story with some pretty amazing characters! Alan’s writing style is just perfect, not overruling with details but clear enough that you could even smell everything that happened! (And can I just say how awesome the cover is?! Wow, just gorgeous!)

There were many issues that contradicted my morals however, and actually caused me to stop reading in the height of action, much to my dismay. From the very beginning, Clash of Eagles consists of the smaller cuss words and not very frequent, but the intensity of the cursing quickly escalated as the book went on, eventually using all cursing.

The gore and action is decently high, containing vivid scenes of maiming as well as killing in the war scenes. There is an unnecessary sex scene, that though it is not overly detailed, it is still disturbing.

So it hurts me to give a book that has as much potential as Clash of Eagles does, only 2 out of 5 stars because of all of the unnecessary content. However, the story line, writing, and characters are brilliant and I wanted to mention that again!

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Patriots, Redcoats, and Spies by Robert J. Skead with Robert A. Skead

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by British soldiers while on a mission for the Continental Army, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he s carrying to General George Washington: his 14-year-old twin boys John and Ambrose. Upon discovering that their father is a spy in the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission without a clue about what they may be up against. They set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find General Washington, but the road to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army is full of obstacles; including the man who shot their father who is hot on their trail.

Review

Patriots, Redcoats and Spies is an excellent book for ages 10 to 12 that I would suggest, to homeschooling moms, to read while studying the Revolutionary War.

It is full of wonderful information, as well as a well painted picture of what it may have looked like (on the level of middle-school), and is just an all around engaging book. The readers will be able to understand the easy writing of the author(s) and the characters are easy to connect with.

Some of the scenes do get vivid but they never exceed the limit of a good, wholesome, middle-grade fiction book. Boys especially will love reading this book, but I’m sure that there are many girls who would also equally enjoy this story.

I rate Patriots, Redcoats and Spies 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this book especially to home schooling parents, as it is a great book to assign (or read aloud) to your young student when studying the Revolutionary War.

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