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The M'Kethe clan finds itself in pre-Revolutionary War Connecticut weathering a storm of religious and political upheaval. Ian M'Kethe is forced to make a choice against enormous odds in the face of rising conflict between the Colonists and the French with their Indian allies. Ian makes an unlikely friendship with Watookoog, an Indian, and risks everything but gains something he thought he had lost forever. Recommended for ages 10 to 14.
Number of Pages: 261
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)
Series: Faith & Freedom
The story is fast paced, spanning several years that are summarized in short chapters easily read in brief sittings. The author uses French expressions and Scottish dialect to capture the setting and culture of this period, and his vivid descriptions of the scenery and colonial atmosphere make the era come alive for the reader. The characters are well defined, and their relationships with each other are engaging and revealing. As each character ages, he or she grows in moral fiber and wisdom while not totally shedding parts of the old nature. Their reactions to the impact of war reveal much about who they are as Christians, as citizens, and as free thinkers. Each scene, whether on the farm or on the battlefield, is brought to life through vibrant narration.
Ian M'Kethe has many mentors, including a wise and silent Indian named Watookoog, and Ian's grandfather, Father Malcolm. They guide Ian to not waste his time fishing when he should become skilled at farming. Later, Ian is apprehensive about learning to fire a gun and making his first kill, but Father Malcolm offers comfort and guidance by drawing lessons from the Scriptures. But Malcolm is only a compass, and Ian must find his own way in life. This he does by way of challenges during the war. Ultimately, he learns what it means to please God and to lead a righteous life.
This novel will particularly appeal to young male readers or lovers of history. Guns of Thunder causes Christians to evaluate their own stances on peace, cooperation, forgiveness, and loyalty. Jennifer Hess, Christian Book Previews.com
David DirksenAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5December 31, 2009David DirksenAge: 45-54Gender: maleOur 15 year old son read it in one day and enjoyed the action that is in the book. He would suggest all young boys to read it.
Liana Church5 Stars Out Of 5February 7, 2009Liana ChurchI homeschool our three boys, 17,14, and 12. We read the Crown&Covenant series and were very happy to find the Faith& Freedom Trilogy. Great historical facts and real life action, make it very interesting and want to read what will happen next. We recommend this good reading.
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5December 19, 2008Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleAs war nears, Ian MKethe is too young to go. His grandfather teaches him to hunt, along with Watookoog, an Indian, who hunts with a bow. Ian takes care of the farm by himself, growing a crop of corn and selling it to provide form his family. Although he really wants a new rifle, he makes a sacrifice and purchases a pair of spectacles for his cousin Roland instead. For the first time in ages, Roland can see clearly.When the war arrives, Roland enlists. Ian is still too young to go. He continues to work his cornfields and take care of his family. When Roland is taken prisoner at Louisbourg, Ian in consumed with worry. Had Roland been injured? Lost his spectacles? Would the French force him to fight against his own colonials?Now eighteen, Ian leaves his family and goes to war. But he doesnt get to fight. He find himself engage in manual labor, salvaging debris, moving cannons, digging trenches, and building. One day when he is gathering firewood, he is shot at. An Indian attacks him. But before the Indian can finish him off, Frenchmen take him prisoner. This is an intriguing story of a boys life during the French & Indian War. There is a lot of history packed in here, including some historical issues of faith. Overall the story was interesting as were the historical facts and Ians life on the farm. I recommend this book, especially for those looking for a bit of North American history.
Devyn5 Stars Out Of 5August 9, 2008DevynGuns of thunder I think made it alot more exciting to read since the ending of "Rebels Keep". Still it is one of the best books by Douglas Bond I have ever read. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
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