Honed by his recent experience at Bunker Hill and Great Bridge, Drums of War hero Andrew Hendricks returns in the fourth installment of Peter Doyle’s popular young adult series—this time in Charleston, South Carolina, at the Battle of Sullivan’s Island.
Soon after Andrew uncovers an insidious Tory plot in their hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia, duty calls the young patriot to set sail for South Carolina to deliver an important message: By sea and by land, the English are planning to take the capital city of Charleston, one of the most important ports in America, and begin a full-scale invasion of the South—but the locals have no idea!
The clock is ticking for Andrew Hendricks and his woodsman mentor, Matthew Anderson, to get word to Governor Rutledge and his forces before Admiral Peter Parker and General Henry Clinton of the English military overwhelm the Patriots’ small, incomplete fort on Sullivan’s Island in Charleston Harbor.
Join Andrew Hendricks once again as he battles the waves, woods, Brits, and politics of 1776 in an effort to defend Charleston at all costs; and witness the masterful storytelling of Peter Doyle as he recounts with great detail the culture, geography, figures, and warfare of Colonial America.
About the author: Dr. Peter Reese Doyle is the author of the popular Daring Adventure and Drums of War series for young adults. He and his wife live in Opelika, Alabama, where he pastors Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Feathered Quill Review:
In the fourth installment of the Drums of War series, Andrew Hendricks returns to help the Patriots by being a messenger, carrying battle plans back and forth to the Army’s various headquarters. After Andrew’s experiences at Bunker and Breed’s Hill and the battle at the Great Bridge in Norfolk, VA, he is about to have another adventure in Charleston, SC, when he appears at the Battle of Sullivan’s Island.
At the start of Charleston, Andrew and a friend of his hear of a plot in their hometown of Williamsburg, VA. After bringing the information to his father and some Army officers, Andrew is asked to act, again, as a messenger to take a very important message to Charleston. The plot that he overheard was that the British Army was coming by sea to begin an invasion of the Southern colonies, beginning at the port of Charleston and no one knows they’re coming. Andrew and his friend, Matthew Anderson, have to get the message to Governor Rutledge and his Army before the British ships arrive. Admiral Peter Parker and General Henry Clinton of the British Military plan to take the small fort on Sullivan’s Island in Charleston harbor and overrun the city.
Once again the reader can ride alongside Andrew Hendricks as he battles the sea, land, British soldiers and the politics of the very important year in the life of the colonies, 1776, to defend the coast of America.
Quill says: These books are a rare find and tell the story of the beginning of the American Revolution in the author’s fascinating storytelling. Life in Colonial America in the 1700’s leading up to the Continental Congress and the appointment of General George Washington to take the Americans to victory are written in great detail and would be a perfect teaching tool for young people.
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