Savage Liberty

Written by Eliot Pattison
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

In 1768, the English merchant ship Arcturus, arriving from London, explodes in Boston harbor, killing 37 men on board. Upon examination of the destroyed vessel and its contents, it’s determined that something of great value to the Sons of Liberty and the English government is missing. American woodsman Duncan McCallum feels he is obligated to avenge the deaths by finding the culprit and locating the missing document. Duncan is soon on the run from the English with a price on his head after being falsely accused of murder and treason. As he travels north from Boston on the trail of the killer, he learns that two men who fought with Robert Rogers in the famous St. Francis raid during the French and Indian War, have been murdered. Followed by bounty hunters and a crazed British officer, Duncan obtains the help of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, while learning the invaluable lesson of what it means for freedom in the American colonies.

This is the second book I’ve read in the series, but this book can be read as a stand-alone. Prepare to be immersed in this story of early America. The author’s research of the pre-revolution American colony provides an accurate depiction of this time period, with those who are against British rule and those who welcome it. This is historical writing at its best, with plenty of action and suspense. It’s difficult to put down. The historical characters, such as Sam Adams and John Hancock, blend in well with the fictional ones. I can’t wait for the next release in the series.