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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. After thirty years in the practice of dentistry, the author first The third, Dark Eagle, is about the much maligned and controversial figure, Benedict Arnold. Gene Ligotti is a contributing editor for THE GUIDE.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The novel itself follows several familiar names in American history, most notably Benedict Arnold and George Washington. There are countless other familiar names Horatio Gates, Daniel Morgan, and more though the novel revolves mostly around Arnold and Washington. I found myself more than once rooting for his success, something any true-blooded patriot would never do! In contrast, George Washington is portrayed as a Virginian who sides with the rightful ruler of the colonies, the King of England.

He fancies himself as a lord, as though he belongs with the socially elite amongst the British military. I enjoyed the contrast to the figure we all know so well. Throughout the novel, I often felt transported to a time long ago. I smelled the rotting corpses on the battlefield. I felt the pain of sickness coursing through the bodies. I heard the muskets roar. Harris did a masterful job of placing the reader in the world of colonial America.

The setting, the characters, the backdrop of the birth of a nation all rang true to me even though it was all a lie.

That is due to the skill with which Harris weaves his tale of two dominant figures in American history. I loved the twist on history and it was done quite well by Harris. For fans of history, or those with degrees in the field such as myself, the story carries many familiar situations told well enough to be real. First things first, I need to make full disclosure.

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I've been following the creation of this book for some time as Brent A. Harris has chiseled words out of his brain. He even mentions me in the thanks at the front of the book, so be aware that I may be a little bit biased. But I'm biased in favour of quality. A Time of Need tells the tale of an alternative America. Instead of the course that history took, we instead see a new shape to the battle for the continent, with Arnold's ruthlessness put to a new use. There's a real depth and thoroughness to this novel - I freely confess not being an expert on the history of the period, but Brent really brings the period to life, and you can tell the amount of research he has put in to get the details right.

Beyond the battle between Washington and Arnold, the parts of the novel I really loved were those focusing on the soldiers underneath the generals, as they faced difficult choices about where their loyalties should lie, and the reasons for making the choices they do. The character of Stevens, particularly, struck to the real heart of the novel. Just as he tries to decide his path, so too this young nation is working out where it is going to go, and what exactly it will be when it gets there.

The novel is unflinching in some of the horrific parts of the nation's history, such as the way in which slaves are treated, but the better for that. No one in the cast is wholly virtuous, but neither is anyone entirely villainous. Brent has created a story of the red, white and blue that is made up of many shades of grey. In the end, I can heartily recommend this novel - it's an alternative history that taught me real history, and which brought to life the throes of a nation truly being born.

See all 15 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 5 months ago. Published 6 months ago. Published 9 months ago. Published 10 months ago. Published 11 months ago. Alternative History at its very best! Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. A Time of Need: A Dark Eagle Novel. Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. They call it treason. However, in the issue was not at all clear.

Dark Eagle: A Novel of Benedict Arnold and the American Revolution by John Ensor Harr

Had the "revolution" failed; had Congress been captured and Washington's army defeated, those same patriots who drafted the Declaration of Independence would now be judged as traitors. Harr's novel is, however, an interesting and worthwhile piece of historical fiction. It did take me a while to get into the book, due to the clunky pacing and rapid changing of viewpoints- I confused many of the minor characters since many of them are not particularly well characterized.

However, unlike the gentleman before me, I had no trouble with the upper-class Loyalist tone of the story. I actually find it refreshing- so many books set in this time period are filled with flag-waving hokum a la "The Patriot" or "Johnny Tremaine," that it's nice to see something that DOESN'T portray the American Revolution as the apex of goodness and light! Harr very sensitively portrayed Benedict Arnold's virtues and failings. The secondary characters- the sophisticated yet clueless redcoat John Andre and the manipulative society belle Peggy Shippen- are fascinating as well.

All of them- Arnold, Andre and Peggy- make a wonderful trio, and seeing how they all destroy themselves through lust, pride and greed is the stuff worthy of a Balzac novel. In the end, "Dark Eagle" is about the destructive power of money and pride.

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There is no place for the conceits of American propaganda in this book; it is devoted to the study of the rise and fall of a proud, talented and- ultimately- pathetic individual. Anyone who would not find this interesting, please look elsewhere. No doubt the case of Benedict Arnold gets short shrift in most elemental high school text books.

As a result, Arnold is seen as a murky figure Dark Eagle? This is a partial truth. In fact, Arnold was America's greatest fighting General throughout the early years of the Revolutionary War as Washington was the greatest retreating General in that same conflict In fact, he financed his entire army, and never received adequate recognition or reimbursement from the Congress. In any event, the book makes a compelling case for Arnold.

It is wonderfully written, hard to put down. The reader is mesmerized by the injustices done to General Arnold, and saddened by his ultimate treason. Brought sharply into focus are many other players on that stage, including Washington, Major John Andre and a host of mediocre Generals who were green with envy at Arnold's prowess. There is a reason for such books to be written: See all 16 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on September 13, Published on May 6, Published on December 5, Published on November 1, Published on June 8, Published on May 8, Published on February 13, Published on December 15, There's a problem loading this menu right now.

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