Clash of Empires, book one in The Mallory Saga, a deeply personal history of one family’s struggles during the French/Indian/British war for control of the American continent.
Clash of Empires swept me along into a brutal frontier war of honor and vengeance. Rob Hagar Bayliss – author of The Sun Shard and The Dead Gods
Bennett shows understanding and sympathy for a disappearing world in this tale of war-torn frontier America
SJA Turney – author of the Marius Mules series, The Ottoman Cycle and Tales of the Empire
A storming triumph – war, love, honor, betrayal and loss, Clash of Empires has it all! C.R. May – author of Sorrow Hill, Nemesis and Fire & Steel
A enthusiastic response to Clash of Empires:
“WOW!!!!!! I am not an author, editor, publisher or historian, just a fan of history and historical fiction,,,,,,just finished Book 1, cannot wait for Book 2 and 3, when might we expect them? Loved the book so much decided to head to Fort Necessity National Battlefield in a few weeks for a day visit….nice work…looking forward to more….fast!!!!”
“Historical novels like this help bring the past alive in a way textbooks simply can’t.”
“Well written entertainment with well developed interesting and varied characters. After a slow start, the pace and flow picked up and was very good throughout. The story was well researched and well told.”
“Couldnt put it down. Love the time line. Wonderful blend of true history with some fictional characters”
I went into Clash of Empires with a completely open mind, but slightly worried. As a passionate lover of the ancient world, I thought I would struggle to immerse myself in the minds and surroundings this book had to offer.
I was wrong.
This book is terrific, from cover to cover. It follows the story of Liam Mallory, a young man, skilled hunter, expert shot with a rifle. His father is a farmer, veteran soldier from the militia, he longs to return to the life he once had. He will get that opportunity, when his friend, William Trent, offers him the chance to go west, and open a trading post with him. The one downside? This post is slap bang in the middle of contested ground between the two world super powers of the day, the British and the French.
Added to this, the local native tribes face a daily struggle to keep their identity, their own way of life. Most choose to ally with either the British of the French, but some choose their own path. This is where the story really gets brutal, and not for the squeamish!
I’ll give away no spoilers, but it’s needless to say Liam and his family walk right into the thick of it. The author possesses great prose, the violence is not built up slowly, and you don’t see it coming. It’s fast, brutal, and bloody.
I found myself loving the characters of the natives more and more as the story developed, felt their passion and anger toward the two invading nations (and have also developed as obsession with the tomahawk, I need one!)
Needless to say I can’t recommend this enough. If you’ve read and loved The Fort or Redcoat by Bernard Cornwell, this is for you.
FIVE BIG STARS!”
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