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Sparrowhawk II: Hugh Kenrick [Paperback]

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Sparrowhawk II: Hugh Kenrick by Edward Cline

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Pages   425
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2004
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage Publishing
ISBN  1931561540  
ISBN13  9781931561549  

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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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Long Live Lady Liberty  Jun 15, 2007
In this second installment of Ed Cline's Sparrowhawk Series we are introduced to a young aristocrat by the name of Hugh Kenrick. In contrast to Jack Frake from book 1, Hugh comes from a wealthy and privileged family. What Jack and Hugh do have in common is a sense of justice, reason, and independence which both cultivated during their youth.

Although a bit longer in length than book 1, Sparrowhawk Book II is another exciting step in this work of historical fiction that will keep the reader inspired by the mind of a young man that refuses to submit to the irrational ways of his surroundings. You will be introduced to such characters as Roger Tallmadge, Reverdy Brune, and Glorious Swain as well as the members of the Pippin Society.

Hugh Kenrick stands as an inspiration to our modern world full of men with mixed premises.
Enjoyable Story  Mar 30, 2007
Like "Book-I: Jack Frake", this book follows the progression of a boy growing up to be a young man. This time, it is Hugh Kenrick. His background is the opposite of Jack Frake, and yet we see the similarities of character.

Enjoyable story, told with an even more practiced hand than Book-I.
Larger than life history  Mar 11, 2007
Sparrowhawk II: Hugh Kenrick is set in England before the American Revolution and centres on the life of Hugh Kenrick, an independent-minded aristocrat. In his intransigent integrity and independence, Kenrick is reminiscent of Ayn Rand's hero Howard Roark ("The Fountainhead").

As Kenrick grows from boyhood to manhood, he fights many in the entrenched establishment who put King and Country (and their own privileges) above justice. He comes across as a very noble character, and a man as much of action as of thought. He falls in with like-minded men, who he befriends irrespective of class or race. Unfortunately, as in "Sparrowhawk I: Jack Frake", a few men of independent mind and noble ideals end up being no match for the petty jealousies an hatreds of the few backed up by the power of the State, and the group are betrayed and destroyed. Hugh himself is banished to America where no doubt he will play a role in the historical events to come.

This book will delight both students of history (it comes across as meticulously researched in its historical detail) and people who seek a depiction of "man at his best" in the novels they read.

Despite its virtues, I only gave this book 4 stars partly because I found the book sometimes slow going; partly because I found Hugh's character somewhat implausible for the age in not only his stainless steel character but his philosophical genius; and partly because the author repeats his habit started in Sparrowhawk I of killing practically everybody off in a somewhat cavalier fashion. So I was left with a rather unsatisfied feeling at the end. Nevertheless, well worth the read. Kenrick is one of the more inspiring characters in fiction I've come across, and I want to know where he goes from here!
Very intellectual, very exciting  Mar 27, 2006
Even though I enjoyed the book, I was somewhat disappointed to see that the plot resembles in many ways that of the first book in the series (especially the climax, even though it has very little to do with the plot of the first book), only this time the protagonist is the son of a Baron and nephew of a Duke (in contrast to the first book). This is the main reason why I deducted a star off my rating.

Readers, however, should be warned that this book is no light reading. It requires constant concentration, and very often, re-reading the passages for full comprehension of what has been said. Long sentences abundant with what is called five dollar words are not rare in this book.

Yet to a zealous reader, this book (and the others in Sparrowhawk series) can offer more than just fun or diversion. They can instill in the reader both historical and moral lessons. The character of Hugh Kenrick is an admirable one, not only for his knowledge, but also his determination to stay true to his principles, even when others are making this choice as hard as it can be.
Must Read!  Jan 25, 2006
This is some of the best fiction I have read in years. The series of books are beautifully written, with heroic characters and strong plots set in a meticulously researched historical context. I find his works provoking thought and staying with me in the same way that Ayn Rand's fiction did when I first read it. Edward Cline is a first rate author, deserving of more recognition than he has gotten thus far.

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