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“When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for this is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe.
A Desperate Turn of Events by M.J Clark is an awesome revolutionary rewrite of the heroic freedom struggle that Americans launched against the mighty British Empire of that time. On July 4, 1776, thirteen American Colonies declared their independence from England and decided to deal with their future themselves instead of bowing to the kingdom’s will.
On November 10, 1777, the British Frigate HMS Camilla reached England to inform about this fateful news. The news of Rebellion proved to be a big jerk for the British Crown as it was already annoyed with a constant lurking threats posed by France, Portugal, and Ireland who would challenge their might from time to time. This news spread much panic in the line of British authorities, and ultimately, the king decided to perish this Rebellion with his full might.
On the other side, the freedom fighters, who then called themselves “Americans” were determined to retain their freedom under the military leadership of George Washington. The British desperately fought the last full-fledged battle that turned the tables in favor of Americans who could then call themselves the free citizens. The book shows the intriguing politics of the British political and military officers that played its role in this debacle.
This event won’t be new for many Americans because of its historic significance; but, the author made it equally captivating for those who have little information about it. This historical fictional story is based on the factual account of events that took place during the freedom struggle.
As I began reading the book, I felt involved in the character’s life. I couldn’t put it down until the end. The cogent and clear narrative gives this book value despite its fictional nature. All of the events were chronologically manipulated that never made me feel that I was reading some fictional story, as all of its characters were realistic and well-articulated that demystified every aspect so well. Moreover, it gives an appealing account of the old warfare style which Americans used against the British.
Though everything seems perfect, my only grievance is the title of this book that gives a gloomy picture. I think freedom was a momentous victory for the USA against a mighty force; however, the title gives an impression as they loosed the war. The author may have his own reasoning for this, but I take it otherwise. Also, I feel that some of the events were seemingly superfluous, but overall it was a good read.
The book is a compelling historical fiction, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in military history stories. I feel the book is professionally edited as I didn’t find any reasonable mistake, and there is no profanity in the book. Therefore, I award this book 4 out of 4 stars for the nice depiction of scenes and characters as well as for perfectly laying out all the details.
A Desperate Turn of Events
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