Friday, June 8, 2012

I Spy

"The Messenger" by Siri Mitchell is a really good book.  It takes place during the Revolutionary War with the lead characters being Hannah, a Quaker girl whose brother has left the church to join the rebel cause and whose aunt and uncle are Loyalist; and Jeremiah, a former King's Army colonist who lost his hand during the Indian Wars and since has become a spy rebel.  The book goes back and forth with each chapter telling the story from Hannah and Jeremiah's point of view.  Hannah is torn between her loyalty to the Friends and what she knows is wrong about the religion.  Jeremiah is torn between his friendship with his contact at the General's office and the guilt of using his contact to access information.  They both become spys for the Colonist.
"The Messenger" is well written, the characters are thorough and the end is riviting.  I am a bit of a history buff (as you can probably tell from my readings) and yet I had not heard of all the details that are given about the treatment of rebels that where prisoners of the British.  Hannah's brother, the rebel, is a prisoner.  Disease, starvation, the underhanded treatment.  You might not like this book, but you should read it.  I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers.

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