Quaker’s War is the first thrilling novel of Jason Born’s The Long Fuse series. It’s the story of the beginning conflicts in 1752 leading to the French and Indian Wars. Ephraim Weber is a Quaker who winds up working for a trader. But the biggest influences on his life are the Iroquois “Half King” and the young George Washington. The latter’s job is to deliver the British king’s demand that the French leave the Ohio River Valley. The riveting plot is rife with gruesome deaths, torture, and murders, interspersed with peace rituals and conversations. Both Weber and George Washington are mourning great losses that sometimes block clear thinking and decisions.
Except for some extraordinarily gruesome scenes of Indian massacres and some stereotypical battles, this is a rousing adventure story about the real history that almost tore apart the Northern territories in colonial America. Loyalty and abandonment cycles rapidly progress based on the desire for possession and wealth. Ephraim and George grow in wisdom, knowledge and humor by the time the initial battles have receded into a temporary lull. Gradually we learn that only young Major Washington foresees a bright, prosperous and united country. Fine historical fiction, and recommended reading.