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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book; Reissue edition (Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451211030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451211033
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought the book was in a word fantastic.
When I was assigned to read it for school I saw it as a boring 634 page book.
I loved reading of his escape from a vengeful brother in England to his eventful life in America.
The combination of American history in the the story helped me to understand such things as the Boston Tea Party.
I would recommend it to everyone. I am glad my teacher made me read it. How many books can I say that about?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 1998
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When I was in 6 grade my history teacher introduced me to this series and I went from hating to hooked on history. If you are looking for an alternative to straight factual history while keeping accuracy this is it. I am now using the series for my own daughters in a homeschool program.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 1997
I have read many books of this type but none as
fun to read and as hard to put down as this one.
It has romance with a kick and I would recommend this book to anyone with that sense of adventure.Its a story thats entertaining to the end.
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We've been having a clear out at home, a load of books and things that I'd put aside for car boot sale etc have all been turfed but some books that were among them and I saved were the first four books in the Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes. I'm not kidding when I say I bought these YEARS ago, I really mean years and years and so many times I've put them with the charity pile and hooked them back out again. I think maybe it was because the entire Kent Family Chronicles is a series of eight books, all of about 600 pages and the thought of beginning such an epic series was quite daunting. Nevertheless I really DID want to read them, so bit the bullet and started reading the first book, The Bastard.

This first book in the series begins in 18th Century France where Philippe Charboneau lives with his mother at a remote Inn. There is some question over his parentage and it is revealed to him when he is 18 that his father is an English Lord, The Earl of Kentland, who has recognised his son with a letter and instructed that Philippe should receive a part of his estate should the Earl die. Upon hearing word that the Earl is ill, Philippe and his mother travel to England the claim the inheritance. When they arrive they find that the Earl's wife and son are determined that Philippe will not claim the inheritance and thus threaten his life on several occasions. Philippe decides that it would be better to abandon his claim to any estate and try and make his own way across the Atlantic in the exciting colonies of America.

After arriving in America Philippe - now having named himself Philip Kent - finds himself involved with the American rebels and tries to make a life for himself just as America is going to war.
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By Patricia-Anne on 31 Oct. 2013
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Love the historical side,learned more about the colonisation of America than all the history books I have read. Am now on book 2 of the series 'The Rebels' hope it is as good.
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