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This is the first book in the series by John Jakes called The Kent Family Chronicles. The main charterer of the book is Phillippe Charbanneau, he is an illegitimate son of a Duke in England and will travel there to search for his family. While in England he discovers that he is entitled to his father fortune since he is the rightful son of a wealthy Duke. The other children of the Duke discover this and hatch a plot to get rid of him and his mother Marie thus making him flee for his life to the Colonial States of America.
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While in-route at sea to Boston, Marie passes away making young Phillippe to fend for himself in the New World.

The time-frame of 'The Bastard' mainly takes palace in the mid 1770s. The time when Americans are reconsidering if they want to govern themselves or throw off British yolk.

While in Boston, Phillippe gets caught in in the storm of revolutionaries and he himself will become an American patriot.
A few notable events also are in this book. He will meet important people like Samuel Adams and he will witness the Boston Tea Party. Most of the events Phillippe will experience happen in Boston, which at the times is a hotbed of rebellion. Most Bostonian's still remember the fateful Bostons Massacre and more and more regular Americans are turning into patriots.

The books ends at the onset of the America Revolutionary War.
Best part of story, including ending: I loved how a young man can quickly overcome diversity. I loved how this young man can find himself and his identity.

Best scene in story: I enjoyed the sea voyage from England to the Colonies. I got a good glimpse into who Phillippe was as a person.

Opinion about the main character: I loved his braveness and determination.

The review of this Book prepared by Silas Brunk a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   American colonial period Other aspects:    -   story of a family Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, US Revolutionary

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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