American Knights Series II
“Miles Knight: The Patriot”
This book is historical and ancestral; Miles Knight, the 5th GGrandfather (circa 1747) of author Lance Knight came to the American Colonies as an indentured servant.His indenture contract was purchased by a gentleman tobacco farmer named John Mead from Connecticut.
Mr. Mead ultimately adopted the young, Miles Knight, into the Mead family who had years before adopted an English baby name Mary Ingles. Miles and Mary fell in love and were married in 1771,at which time John Mead gave them a 200 acre farm in North Carolina, as a wedding present. He also gave them a black slave by the name of Big Boy. Miles immediately freed Big Boy and asked him to come south with them to North Carolina where they created a fine plantation from the acreage.
American and ancestral history is woven into this fictional account of the life and times of Miles and Mary Knight. The tapestry reveals the kinds of lives colonial Americans experienced as they were suffering high taxes and other excesses at the hands of the British.
Even though much of the American citizenry was sparsely populated in remote farms and villages, the siren call of American Patriots grew louder and they resisted more violently the aggression of the British Army and Navy.
The Americans who were loyal (Loyalists) to the Crown were ostracized and hated by the Patriots as traitors because they worked and fought on the side of England.
So even with the success Miles, Mary and Big Boy had with the new farm/plantation, they were being inexorably drawn into the conflict. John Mead became Brigadier General John Mead per appointment by Thomas Jefferson.
Miles was inducted in the 10th North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Army by John Mead.
The reader will experience the mystery, the fighting, the indecision and the joys of these young American Knights as they firmly plant their lives into the soil and the pride of the American fight for freedom and independence from a repressive, domineering, occupying force called the British Empire.
“Historical Characters with a Twist”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Lance Knight
Seldom have I read a novel with as much interest as “American Knights, Miles Knight: The Immigrant”. The foreknowledge that Miles Knight is an historical person verified by Ancestry.com influenced me to somehow enjoy the story even more.
The author brought me right into the action of the tragic beginning of Knight’s adult life; including the abominable murder of his entire family in 18th Century Ireland. I also felt as though I myself was on board the ship that carried him to the new world.
The action scenes were exciting and so descriptive that I could hardly wait to turn the page. Knowing a bit about the early history of America lends itself even more to the credibility of the story.
I hope and expect that Book 2 will be as good. Book 1 leaves the reader wanting more.
About the Author
“There is a writer in all of us!
The influences most notable in my life, other than being a born again Christian, begin with my 7th & 8th grade English Teacher, Ms. Donnie Watts. Ms.Donnie took no prisoners when it came to the use of the English Language;we conjugated verbs, we diagrammed sentences,we had spelling bees, we had to read aloud from the classics, and were even graded on our penmanship. I was also schooled by Mrs. Haller in Latin I & II, although as a teenager I had no idea how valuable my early education would be.
When I retired in 2004 I followed the teachings of Ms. Julia Cameron in her book,”The Artist’s Way”. I learned to simply write down by hand, my thoughts, in a free-flow manner every morning for 12 weeks; on a morning in week 9, with my pen and 3 pages of yellow legal paper, my first story began to tell itself.
I have been good a many things: Sales, Sales Mgmt.,U.S. Air Force Physiological Training Instructor ,Space Suit Technician/Rescue Tech at NASA, Auto Dealership Service Advisor, Fleet Sales Mgr, Musician/High School Band Director, Landscape worker and Supervisor … so you can see the pattern … I am blessed with many talents but was never happy with any career until I began to write.
I most enjoy writing fiction because it allows the ‘little boy’ in me to come forth and be free to let his imagination break free just as Julia Cameron taught me.
I am now happier than I have ever been before because I now have my beloved laptop, my grandchildren whom I adore,both ‘my exes who live in Texas’ and are friends of mine, and a fine co-author named Raymond D. Mason, author of over 60 books himself.(We are co-authoring the current “American Knights” series.)
I have recently published via CreateSpace and Kindle, the second in a series of historical novels based on my ‘Knight ancestry’;
“American Knights-“Miles Knight:The Immigrant”, published March 3, 2014.
“American Knights-“Miles Knight: The Patriot”, published April 30, 2014.
“American Knights-“Miles Knight: The Saboteur” published September 1, 2014.