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Sparrowhawk Book One: Jack Frake [Hardcover]

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Bringing a radically new perspective to the events leading up to The American Revolution, Sparrowhawk, a new series of historical novels, establishes that The Revolution occurred in two stages: the war for independence and also a more subtle revolution that happened in men's minds that occurred many years before the Declaration of Independence.

Book 1 in this new series introduces the reader to life in 18th Century England, where, despite being one of the freest countries in the world there were rumblings of discontent amongst the citizens and Jake Frake is no exception to this endemic restlessness.

From an early age he has developed an independent mind and spirit, a trait that is not openly welcomed for someone of his lowly class. Fate and circumstance leads him to join a band of smugglers and he furthers their cause. Jack himself is sentenced to eight years of servitude in the Colonies and he embarks on a sea voyage aboard the Sparrowhawk, destined for Virginia.

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Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2001
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage Publishing
ISBN  1931561001  
ISBN13  9781931561006  

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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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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Literary
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > War
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States

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Sparrowhawk inspires and educates...  Feb 22, 2008
I just finished reading Sparrowhawk: Book 1 for the third time. It was even better this time than my earlier reads for the simple reason that I had read all of the books in the series and was able to bring the full context of the larger story into focus while reading.

Sparrowhawk takes place in pre- American Revolutionary War era Britain and sets the stage for what will transpire in that historic time and gives some amazing insight into the political, philosophical, and moral reasons why the Revolutionary War was almost inevitable given the differences in how American and British views of individual rights evolved.

But don't get caught up in that because Sparrowhawk is first of all an amazing adventure with a young boy coming of age in a very difficult situation and with nothing but his own wits and integrity to rely on. This is an incredible blending of ideas and action that will leave the reader breathless at it's dramatic conclusion.

Ed Cline has created a series of books in Sparrowhawk that will entertain and educate in ways that simple historical fiction cannot do. This is more like "historical enlightenment" than it is fiction.

If this is your first encounter with Sparrowhawk, you are in for an amazing journey!
A real hero  Jun 18, 2007
Novels with true heroes are few and far apart these days. When characters with no tragic flaws are deemed "unrealistic" and individual achievement scorned, heroes are impossible. Yet when a Harry Potter comes along, everyone is surprised by its overwhelming success. The fact is that deep down people still know heroism is possible and love to read about them.

Jack Frake brings unabashed, unapologetic heroism to the realm of historical fiction, giving physical form to the essential values of reason, honesty and integrity.
Hard To Find The Words...  Jun 12, 2007 describe how wonderful reading this novel was. I moved right on to the second in the series after finishing Book One. Mr. Cline has written a compelling series, no doubt. If you are a fan of early American history, and indeed the philosophical and intellectual foundations that led to our Founding, read these novels. You won't be disapointed. If you are, there is something terribly wrong with you, plain and simple.
Enlightening!  May 29, 2007
My family & I were visiting Williamsburg, VA and Edward Cline was at the bookstore signing copies of his latest Sparrowhawk book. I went up and talked to him and I gave his first book in the series a try. I am very glad I did. The book gave an interesting view of the common peoples life on the British Isles in the 1740s. The book gave the reader an opportunity to mentally struggle with the issues of the times. It gave me a new perspective on some of the colonists previous experiences before landing in the new world. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Great Beginning to the Sparrowhawk Series  May 13, 2007
When people find out that I have a degree in history it is sometimes followed up with a question of what historical fiction I like best. My response is usually: none of it! Although I'm an avid fan of history books and intellectual history, historical fiction has always left me wanting to say the least. This, however, is not so with Edward Cline's first book, _Jack Frake_, in the Sparrowhawk series. Cline delivers an admirable example of the kinds of men who refused to submit to slavery, in whatever form slavery might be presented to them.

The code-- live free or die-- is alive and well in Jake Frake and his mentors whose lives are energized by the idea that a man's life is his own. Although _Jack Frake_ is the first of six in the series, the reader can easily see the building intellectual attitudes of the men who would be the force behind the American Revolution that is yet to happen. I found it interesting that the book was set in England and not the colonies so the reader gets an even better view of what those men who sought freedom would one day rebel against. It also provides a view of the intellectual growth and the individualistic idea that is not unique to the American people as such, but, those individuals from across the world who seek what America is about. Many different people came to America in various different ways seeking something new that history had denied their ancestors---freedom.

I'm looking forward to making my way through the rest of the series and would highly recommend _Jack Frake_ to those who have an admiration and respect for real heroes. Jack Frake, although just a boy in this first book, is a hero in the making. In an age where it is difficult to find writers who write about heroes, and instead focus on the grotesque and celebrate mediocrity, _Jack Frake_ stands as a must read book.

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