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Sparrowhawk, Book 3: Caxton [Paperback]

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Sparrowhawk, Book 3: Caxton by Edward Cline

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Pages   223
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 2004
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage Publishing
ISBN  1931561885  
ISBN13  9781931561884  

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More About Edward Cline

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Edward Cline is the author of two detective series and one suspense series. The Head of Athena is the second of a detective series set in San Francisco in the Roaring Twenties, featuring Cyrus Skeen. The second detective series features Chess Hanrahan, in modern times, another private eye who specializes in solving moral paradoxes and the murders behind them. The suspense series focuses on the exploits of Merritt Fury, an American entrepreneur who combines business savvy and the skills and ruthlessness of a James Bond to preserve his life and his wealth. Cline has also written Sparrowhawk, a popular six-title historical series of novels set in England and Virginia in the pre-Revolutionary period. His articles and reviews have been published in The Wall Street Journal, the Colonial Williamsburg Journal, and Marine Corps League, among other print publications.

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The heroes meet  Mar 30, 2007
In Book-III, the two heroes (from Books I and II) meet.

While some have commented that this book is somehow lesser than the first two, I disagree. I find that the author's style gets smoother with every book. In this one, the author draws one in so well, that I found myself visualizing the action as a movie.
Great Bridge to the Future  Jan 10, 2007
Excellent work. This one brings the characters together, providing an indepth look at their individual and combined personalities. The players come alive, thanks to Edward Cline's wonderful and unique presentation style. I've read each book in the series multiple times, and eagerly look forward to receiving "War".
The Story Continues ... in America  Apr 17, 2006
This book builds on the characters developed in the first two books in this series. While not quite as dramatic as the previous two novels, this one is considerably more intellectually stimulating. It takes place in America and shows a slice of life there in the pre-revolutionary war days. This really gives far more details about the causes behind the war than history texts or even classes.
The portrayal of Man the hero continues....  Dec 7, 2004
Excellent continuation of the Sparrowhawk series! I am hooked!

Quick recap:
Book One introduced Jack Frake living on the fringes of a tyrannical society and family. He overcomes the petty evil of his family to find himself facing the equally evil and tyrannical government that ends up unjustly trying and hanging his friends and mentors.

In Book Two we meet Hugh Kenrick, born into a life of privilege, he nonetheless develops into a self-made person far exceeding the deeds and honor of his ancestors and peers.

In Book Three tensions are created and developed. Hugh Kenrick is now a man. He is moving to Caxton to buy a tobacco farm and to learn how to be master of his own property. One of his neighbors is Jack Frake. It quickly becomes obvious that the two men are cut from the same cloth even though Hugh is an aristocrat and Jack was formerly an indentured servant. They meet in America as equals. One of the fascinating and satisfying aspects of Book Three is to watch the relationship between Jack and Hugh develop. There is no petty jealousies between them even though they vie for the affections of the same woman. Between England and the colonies the tension increases as the inevitable clash of philosophies nears. Will the crown hear the cries of its suffering colonies?

The portrayal of Man the hero continues to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of this series. Though the primary characters are fictional they are a true representation of the kind of intellectual and moral giants that existed during the gestation and birth of the greatest country in the history of the world.
(3.5) Colonists on the path to revolution  Jun 7, 2004
The British-held colony of Virginia celebrates on a grand scale when France loses her hold on Canada in 1759. The Crown rules from afar and most colonists are content to operate under the arcane and ambiguous laws that govern their lives. The town of Caxton is growing to meet the needs of this new land, expanding to meet the future of with a profitable sale of their tobacco crops, as well as other trade goods. But the sound of freedom is in the air. Young Virginia landowners are questioning their obligations to a government that sees them as less than full British citizens.

Europe is experiencing an intellectual upheaval despite the Church's interference, as printing presses churn out work espousing new philosophies to the world at large, exploring innovative concepts that can potentially alter the opinions of the common man. Popular writers of the day are Voltaire, Rousseau, Hume and the Pennsylvanian, Benjamin Franklin. However, the planters of Queen Anne County consider themselves aristocrats of a sort, content with their lot, entrenched in their own comfortable bureaucracy.

New landowner Hugh Kenrick is one of these young colonial enthusiasts and has purchased a tobacco plantation that needs excessive restoration after years of mismanagement. His closest neighbor, Jack Frake, is of similar mind. Frake has maintained a low profile, keeping his political opinions to himself, but as relations with Britain are more strained, both Frake and Kenrick find themselves allies. It is up to Jack Frake and Hugh Kenrick to lend their resources to the changes they envision, as America moves towards its eventual separation from England.

The third volume in the Sparrowhawk series, this is American history as lived by Frake and Kenrick. Book III: Caxton is about life in the colonies, on the irrevocable path toward the American Revolution. This is rich episodic history from Cline's viewpoint, with a wealth of details. The two pivotal Sparrowhawk characters come together, leading the charge, finally challenging British taxation and regulation. Luan Gaines/ 2004.


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