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The Rebels (The Kent Family Chronicles) by [Jakes, John]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 2 of 8 in The Kent Family Chronicles (8 Book Series)
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"In the history of U.S. book publishing, there's never been a success story like that of John Jakes."

John Jakes makes history come alive, makes it stir your blood and incite your senses. (Nelson DeMille) In the history of U.S. book publishing, there's never been a success story like that of John Jakes. ("New York Times Book Review")

"John Jakes makes history come alive, makes it stir your blood and incite your senses." Nelson DeMille

"In the history of U.S. Book publishing, there's never been a success story like that of John Jakes." New York Times Book Review

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About the Author

John Jakes is the bestselling author of Charleston, the Kent Family Chronicles, the North and South trilogy, On Secret Service, California Gold, Homeland, and American Dreams. Descended from a soldier of the Virginia Continental Line who fought in the American Revolution, Jakes is one of today s most distinguished authors of historical fiction."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3571 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (10 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E9M93A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A little while ago I began reading an epic series of novels by John Jakes about the Kent family, set against the birth of the USA. The whole series is eight books of around 600 pages each, so quite a daunting task and one I'd been putting off for quite a while! The first book, The Bastard, saw Philip Kent from his origins in France to his participation in the Boston Tea Party and the start of the American revolution. This second book, The Rebels, continues covering the revolutionary war and the struggles Philip goes through while fighting for his new nation.

Although Philip dreams of opening his own printing business to leave a legacy for his son, he becomes disillusioned by the horrors of the war and experiences a personal tragedy that leaves hims questioning what he is fighting for.

The main characters from the first book all appear here and, as with book one, mix seamlessly with the real life characters of the American revolution and the first continental congress. Philip is now a mature man and father, with different concerns than those he had in book one. It's nice though to meet some new characters; book one was almost exclusively from Philip's point of view, but in The Rebels we meet Virginian playboy Judson Fletcher and experience his short time with the continental congress and, briefly, touch on the issue of slavery - something which I'm sure will be covered again in detail when this saga reaches the American civil war period. We also meet several characters in Judson's life, including Peggy McLean who will, I think, be playing a bigger part as the books continue.

I was worried about reading these books before I started, but they really are gripping.
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good but having read a lot of john jakes books i find them formulaic, that is there is always a main story and a personal battle for the main character to fight in each book.. that said the history side appears well researched.
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Am going through the Kent family sagas. They are all good,even better now I have a Kindle. If I finish one in bed od a night, I can order another and start reading that straight away.
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Unfortunately I really wanted the paper book and didn't realise that I had ordered an audiobook by mistake so I haven't used the product.
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