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Snippet – The Jagged Mountains – Book 6 The Mallory Saga


From book 6 of The Mallory Saga – Jack’s Tale – coming Fall 2022

Kuruk’s Raid

Summer 1787

Jack rose before dawn, crossed the creek, and clambered up the slope to the top of the ridge. Looking to the east he was surprised by the storm clouds after so many cloudless days. Having no sun to greet, he walked a little further up the hill getting an unobstructed view of the vast prairie spread out to the west. Hearing a scrabbling on the slope below him, he smiled as Kuruk let out a Pawnee curse after slipping and hitting a rock with his shin. When Kuruk reached him he asked, “What was that you said back there? It sounded somewhat colorful.”

Kuruk bent down and rubbed his leg, “In your language it would be something like ‘may you fall face first in buffalo shit’.” He looked at the sky, “A little rain might come in handy when we raid. If my son gets here today, we’ll scout the Blackfeet camp tonight. Rain or no rain, we’re going in. We don’t take prisoners, only horses. We kill any Blackfeet who get in the way.” He pointed to the war lance Jack was carrying, “I do not see any scalps on that lance.” Holding his up he said, “I have many Blackfeet scalps, and there is room for many more.”

“I do not follow that custom,” Jack replied.

“Such foolishness,” Kuruk said, “How do you prove your warrior prowess without taking trophies of your kills?”

Jack shrugged his shoulders, “By surviving the fight.”

Clash of Empires – 5 star review

Saskatchewan Reader

5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging historical saga

Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2022

I am not a fan of the blood&gore style of historical fiction, nor of tales that merely use history as a colourful setting. Mr. Bennett skilfully avoided both those pitfalls.
The Mallory Saga Book 1 presents the reality of life in the frontier in all its danger and brutality; he balances that with appealing portrayals of home and family , warm friendships and loving relationships. The Clash of Empires is a realistic portrayal of what life must have been like for hundreds of individuals and families in that place, at that time, subject to forces beyond their control. Many suffered. Some died. Some eked out a precarious existence on the brink of disaster. Others, like Liam Mallory, gambled their lives in a desperate bid to make a difference in the outcome.
Reading this, I was struck again and again by the realisation that the outcome was NOT a foregone conclusion. It all came down to individuals like Liam and his family.
This is the best kind of historical novel, with characters true to their time, events accurately portrayed, the landscape integral to the action, and the political-military forces dominating all.
A good read.

The Mallory Saga – Books 1-5

The Mallory Saga – Books 1-5

The inspiration to write was, in the beginning, merely to see if I could do it.  I had written short pieces over the years but to tackle a full blown novel was a daunting prospect.  Once the seed was planted I came up with a rough idea of telling the story of three siblings living somewhere in colonial America.  Choosing that general locale was a natural fit for me as I’ve been a lifelong student of American history and I felt that if I was going to write a historical fiction novel, it might be prudent to choose a subject I knew a little about. I picked The French and Indian War as the starting point for what was now becoming a possible series of books that would follow the Mallory clan through the years.  That war intrigued me and I saw a chance to tell the story through the eyes of the Mallory family.  It also provided me with the opportunity to tell the plight of the Native Americans caught up in this conflict.  The French and Indian War paved the way for the colonies to push further west into the Ohio River area.  It also set the stage for the events of the 1770’s.  Britain incurred a huge debt winning that war and looked to the colonies for reimbursement in the form of new taxes and tariffs.  Well, we all know how those ungrateful colonists responded. 

As to the name Mallory – I have a photo hanging on my living room wall of my great grandfather, Harry Mallory.  I got to know him when I was a young boy and was always glad when we visited him.  He lived a good portion of his life in western Pennsylvania which is where much of Clash of Empires takes place.  So, as a gesture to my forebears, Mallory became the name of the family. 

Clash of Empires

In 1756, Britain and France are on a collision course for control of the North American continent that will turn into what can be described as the 1st world war, known as The Seven Year’s War in Europe and The French and Indian War in the colonies.  The Mallory family uproots from eastern PA and moves to the western frontier and find themselves in the middle of the war. It is a tale of the three Mallory siblings, Daniel. Liza and Liam and their involvement in the conflict; the emotional trauma of lost loved ones, the bravery they exhibit in battle situations.  The story focuses on historical events, such as, the two expeditions to seize Fort Duquesne from the French and the fighting around Forts Carillon and William Henry and includes the historical characters George Washington, Generals Braddock, Forbes and Amherst.  The book also includes the event known as Pontiac’s Rebellion in which the protagonists play important roles.  Clash of Empires is an exciting look at the precursor to the events of July 1776; events that will be chronicled in the second book, Paths to Freedom, as I follow the exploits and fate of the Mallory clan.

Paths to Freedom

In Paths to Freedom the children of the three Mallory siblings begin to make their presence known, especially Thomas, the oldest child of Liza and Henry Clarke (see right there, already another family line to follow), but Jack and Caleb, the twin sons of Liam and Rebecca along with Bowie, the son of Daniel and Deborah are beginning to get involved as well. The French and Indian War, the historical setting for book 1, was over, and the Mallory/Clarke clan is looking forward to settling and expanding their trading post village, Mallory Town, now that the frontier is at peace. And for a time they had peace, but the increasing discontent in the East, not so much toward the increasing rise in taxes, but the fact that Parliament was making these decisions without any input from the colonies, slowly made its way west to the frontier. Once again the Mallory/Clarke clan would be embroiled in another conflict.

Another facet of my saga is that the main characters are not always together in the same place or even the same event. In Paths my characters are spread out; some have gone East, some have gone West, some are sticking close to Mallory Town, so in effect there are three stories being told, and that means more plots, subplots, twists and surprises.

One of the aspects of the lead up to The Revolutionary War was the attempt by the British to ensure cooperation with the Native Americans, especially the Iroquois Confederation. The British had proclaimed that they would keep the colonies from encroaching on tribal lands, a strong inducement indeed. However, some tribes, like The Oneida, had established a good relationship with the colonists. I knew right away when I started book 2 that the relationship between the Mallory’s and the tribes would be part of it. Among the historical Native Americans who take part in Paths are the Shawnee Chiefs; Catecahassa (Black Hoof), Hokoleskwa (Cornstalk), Pucksinwah (father of Tecumseh), and the Mingo leader Soyechtowa (Logan).

I also realized that I needed to get someone to Boston, and the Sons of Liberty. Thomas Clarke, the eighteen year old son of Liza and Henry, was the perfect choice for the assignment (mainly because he was the only child old enough at the time). J Through him we meet the luminaries of the Boston contingent of rebels, Paul Revere, Dr. Joseph Warren, John Hancock, and the firebrand of the bunch, Sam Adams. Plenty of history fodder to be had…British raid in Salem…Tea Party…the famous midnight rides…culminating with the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Oh yes, plenty of opportunities for Thomas.

An untenable situation arises in Mallory Town resulting in Liam and his two companions, Wahta and Mulhern, finding themselves on a journey to the shores of Lake Michigan and beyond. Driven by his restless buffalo spirit, Liam has his share of adventures; encountering a duplicitous British commander, meeting many new native tribes, some friendly, some not so much. A spiritual journey in a land not seen by many white men.

I ended Paths with the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first shots of The Revolutionary War. The flint has been struck; the tinder has taken the spark. Soon the flames of war will engulf the land, and the Mallory clan will feel the heat in the third book, Crucible of Rebellion.

Crucible of Rebellion

The timeline for Crucible is 1775 – 1778. I decided to split the Revolutionary War into two books, mainly because there is so much more action as opposed to The French & Indian War…and because as I was writing, my characters insisted on some scenes I hadn’t previously thought of. J Book 4 of the saga is in the planning stages. Tentative title – A Nation Born.

The three Mallory siblings, Daniel, Liza, and Liam play important parts in CoR, but it is their children who begin to make their marks on the saga. Their youngest son, Ethan, and their daughter Abigail, of Daniel and Deborah travel with their parents to Boonesborough, and reside there with Daniel Boone. The war reaches even this remote frontier, prompting Daniel and Deborah to move further west in search of peace. However, the banks of The Wabash River prove not to be immune to conflict.

Their eldest son, Bo accompanies Liam’s twins, Jack and Cal, first to Fort Ticonderoga, then to Boston with a load of cannon for General Washington’s siege of Boston (the Noble Train of Artillery with Colonel/General Henry Knox). In Boston they meet up with Liza and Henry’s son Thomas, who is no longer a prisoner (can’t say more than that) J, Marguerite, and Samuel Webb.

General Washington has plans for the Mallory boys…plans which see some of them in a few of the more important battles of the war… the escape from Long Island, the surprise attack at Trenton, the turning point battles at Saratoga NY, as well as taking part in numerous guerilla type skirmishes.

A long ways away from the conflict Liam, with Wahta, are living with the Crow along the Bighorn River. Liza and Henry made the trip to Boonesborough with Daniel and Deborah, but do not go with them to The Wabash….they have their own adventures.

A Nation Is Born – book 4 of the saga covers 1779-1781

As the Revolutionary War shifts south, and west, so too, the Mallory’s find themselves right in the thick of it. On the banks of the Congaree River in South Carolina, and on the Wabash in the Northwest Territory, war is not the only problem they face. Revenge stirs among the embers of war. At the battles of Cowpens and Guilford Court House in South Carolina, and the retaking of Fort Sackville on the Wabash River, the Mallory’s are tried and tested. Emotions run high in this tale of revolution and self-determination.

Battle of Cowpens

Although I write fiction tales, the historical aspect of the saga provides the backdrop. History is often overlooked, or is taught with a certain amount of nationalistic pride, whitewashing controversial events, much to the detriment of humankind. So I hope that what I write might help broaden the reader’s horizon a bit, that what they learned in school isn’t necessarily the whole story. Two main historical topics in the story of America that frequent The Mallory Saga are slavery, and the plight of the indigenous people who have lived here since before the founding of Rome; two historical topics that linger still in America’s story. Entertainment and elucidation; lofty goals for a humble scribe telling a tale.

A Turbulent Beginning – 1788-1795 – book 5 of the Saga

The Revolution is over, and a new nation has emerged from the ashes of war. The new government, leery of a powerful central government, learns quite quickly the folly of state legislatures controlling military operations, abandoning The Articles of Confederation to write The Constitution.
More lessons are learned by this second attempt when they discover that the indigenous tribes along the Ohio were more than a match for militia troops. It is time for President Washington and his War Secretary Henry Knox to come up with a better plan to pacify the warring tribes.
The Mallory clan is spread out from the Congaree River in South Carolina to the Wabash River in the Northwest Territory. The desire to be together again is stronger than the fear of traveling through a war zone. They are once again in the middle of the storm…Can they survive?…Can they make a difference?

The Humble Scribe

I am a retired (recently) data center professional. Not that I started out thinking I would spend nearly 50 years working in mainframe computer environments. My major interests, scholastically, in high school, and college were history, and anthropology. The Cuban missile crisis, Bay of Pigs, assassinations, Vietnam, Watergate, etc., were some of the events that shaped me, forming the basis for my cynical view of government. One of the results of this “hippie attitude” was that I quit school, and my job, taking a year and a half off to travel a bit, and enjoy life. During that period I began composing the odd poem or song lyric, but I knew in my heart, and from experience writing school term papers, final exams, and the like, that I was a prose writer. My favorite fantasy for my future at the time was to become a forest ranger sitting in some fire watch tower writing the great American novel. Life intervened, however, and I put that dream aside to marry, and raise a family, which meant I needed to be employed, thus decades of staring at computer screens ensued. As time went on, I began writing about the golf trips I took with my buddies. At first they were humor laced travelogues, but now they are fictional tales of my friends; the golf becoming a vehicle for creating a story. Then in 2013, I started writing book reviews, and communicating with authors about the process of writing a novel. My dream to write the great American novel returned.

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Reviews for A Turbulent Beginning

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With another appealing eye-catching cover, A Turbulent Beginning, Book five of Paul Bennett’s compelling series, The Mallory Saga, has arrived. 

Here we find The Mallory clan spreading ever further into the unknown frontier.  The hardness of life in the wilderness is taking its toll on those wanting to escape the chaos in the East by starting a new life, and those who’ve lived there for countless generations and, understandably, are unwilling to give it away.

         This is mostly the story of the protagonists on both sides. Many of whom are able to see beyond the cultural divides and attempt to bridge the gap through respect, communication, and understanding. Of course, some much prefer turning a blind eye to those ideals, leading to much suffering and sorrow.

         The theme of liberation is further visited here as the family has stepped up helping slaves who’ve escaped bondage and are heading north, seeking freedom.

         This book, like books one through four, again had my full attention throughout. Often felt as if I’m right there in the middle of the story.  I’ve said in the past that this series could, and probably should be written as a screenplay. I’ve already imagined it.  Book five is a 5/5. Looking forward to six.

From David FitzGerald author of Wanders Far, The Curse of Conchobar

A Turbulent Beginning and a Poignant Ending

I enjoyed reading A Turbulent Beginning. This fifth installment of The Mallory Saga includes poignant endings along with the new start suggested by the title. What I especially enjoy about this book is the focus on Ethan Mallory, who met Tecumseh in a previous installment of the series. In A Turbulent Beginning, Ethan and Tecumseh’s friendship becomes complicated as an unstoppable wave of settlers encroaches into Shawnee lands. We know our Revolutionary War heroes can’t live forever, but, “It’s never easy to say goodbye.” 5 Stars

May 25, 2022
Adam Lofthouse rated it it was amazing

‘A Turbulent Beginning’ that comes with a fair few endings! Felt like this series really took a turn with this book, as we say goodbye to characters we have come to know in books 1 – 4, and get to know others in more depth.

Once again, Paul transports you to war torn America, as a clash of cultures fight to become one. I love the setting for these books, I feel like I learn something new with every one, a new little historical nugget unveiled for me to google once I’m done reading. Paul’s writing goes from strength to strength, with a lot of plot and character growth fitted in to a fairly modest word count (not easy, I assure you!)

If you’re new to these books, then I urge you to pick up a copy of ‘Clash of Empires’ and read them through, each book offers engrossing historical fiction

Paths to Freedom – a snippet

A snippet from Book 2 of The Mallory Saga – Paths to Freedom – a Coffee Pot Book Club award winner 🙂

Jimmy Two Birds had not visited Mallory Town for a couple of years, due both to his business and to a short illness. Once rotund, he was now much thinner, but not in a haggard way. Indeed, he looked and felt better than he had for years. Halting his horse at the top of the ridge, he looked down to see the children, and thought with surprise how much they had grown. A huge smile played across his face as he watched Thomas squatting on the ground pointing to an animal track while apparently explaining it to Caleb and Bowie. Glancing away to Mallory Town, he was stunned by the growth of this once-small trading post. The original walls he’d helped build were gone, having been removed to make room for the many new settlers finding their way west. The new walls, necessary according to Daniel and Henry, were almost at the limit of their expansion possibilities, due to the terrain and to the rivers at the town’s north and east edges. Farms stretched as far as he could see on the opposite sides of both rivers. Outside the walls stood a mill and blacksmith shop; the interior contained the new church, general store, and many newly-built living quarters (two more under construction). After one last glance at Thomas and his two recruits, now undertaking their perimeter inspection, he urged his mount down the hill and toward the gate.

Liza hugged Two Birds. “This is a most wonderful surprise. It has been too long since you came to call. We heard that you were ill. You look like you’ve recovered.”

“I have,” replied Two Birds while taking a few small packages from his knapsack to hand to Liza. “Some small tokens for the children. Are Daniel and Henry about? I bear news they will be interested in.”

“They are across the Allegheny, helping the Lapley’s clear boulders from a field to build a new barn,” she said, “but I expect them back before dusk. Can you stay for supper?”

“Yes, indeed. I may be skinnier now, but that hasn’t put a damper on my appetite,” he chuckled. “Perhaps I will take a stroll about the town; so much is new. I see that Timothy has expanded his brewery to include a tavern. I think I may visit there first.”

Liza laughed, “Oh yes, you must do that, though be prepared for a possible tongue lashing if any of the faithful see you coming out of that den of iniquity.”

“So, the good Reverend Grantham continues to mold his followers in his own image. More’s the pity. Doesn’t that loud-mouthed distorter of the truth realize that ale is one of the more precious gifts the Good Lord bequeathed to mankind?”

Liza’s smile faded as she answered, “That man is a curse on this town. I will let the menfolk know you are about when they return.”

A Turbulent Beginning – a snippet

Northwest Territory

January – June 1792

Buffalo Meadow

Winter dragged on the bone-chilling cold, and frequent snowfall kept most everyone inside for days on end. The exceptions on this particular day were Bert, and the visitor he was bringing from Vincennes. Major Hamtramck was wrapped head to toe in a buffalo robe, a woolen scarf covering his face with only his eyes visible. He shrugged off the heavy coat, handing it to Deborah, “Pardon madam,” he said, “for this surprise visit. When I heard that Bert was heading here, I had to jump at the chance to see all of you again.”

“Not at all major,” said Deborah, “It is a wonderful surprise. We did not know you were back in this neck of the woods. Are you taking command at the fort?”

He took a mug of hot mulled cider from Hannah, “Merci,” he said, “No Deborah, I am here on a special mission for the War Secretary, Henry Knox. I’m also here on a more unofficial mission. I have a friend, William Wells, he’s also known as Apekonit, the adopted son of Little Turtle, who wants help locating, and retrieving the women and children taken in that raid on the Wea village. I’m afraid I may need the use of your son Bo and the others once again.”

“Might be good for them to have something to do,” Daniel said as he came in, “those boys have cabin fever bad. This stretch of weather is the worst I can remember. It’s even worse than 77.”

“Hah, no argument from me,” replied Hamtramck, “Valley Forge was not pleasant that winter. I was a lowly Lieutenant then, not high enough in the pecking order for a cabin without holes in the walls.”

“Well,” said Deborah, “make your-self at home. We’ll find a volunteer to make the rounds and gather everyone for supper tonight.”

Bert came in, though, like the major, it was hard to tell who it was underneath the coat and scarf. “I don’t like assumptions, but I assumed anyway, that we are having supper with the major, so I let The Curs know. I also assumed that since I have a letter from Two Birds, you would want to read it after supper while we’re settled around a roaring fire with some of the major’s cognac”