Drums of War #1: Independence
In the early morning hours of April 21, 1775, residents of Williamsburg, Virginia, awake to pistol shots and shouts from the night watchman: Governor Dunmore has ordered British Marines to steal colonial gunpowder from the powder magazine!
As the march toward Revolution quickens its pace, two Williamsburg merchant families, the Hendricks and the Edwards, struggle to make a living shipping in waters now patrolled by British warships while their children are caught in the fight for liberty. Andrew and Nathan gallop to nearby counties to deliver messages to the Sons of Liberty, and grow to manhood as they face the enemy at Bunker Hill. On the home front, Rachel and Sarah have their own adventures, saving Patrick Henry from capture so he can lead militiamen to a dramatic showdown with the governor.
Independence is the first book in the Drums of War series, set in the turbulent years of the American Revolution. The series introduces young readers to both the renowned leaders and everyday people who fought to preserve the social, political, and religious freedoms of the American colonies.
Drums of War #2: Bunker Hill
On April 19, 1775, Paul Revere warned Middlesex County, Massachusetts that the British were coming during his famous midnight ride. In Lexington, the first shots of the American Revolution were fired at first light. Then, on June 17 in Boston, outnumbered and poorly equipped American militia defended Bunker Hill against a massive British offensive. The war for American Independence had begun!
In Bunker Hill, Nathan Edwards and Andrew Hendricks continue to aid the colonial resistance, dodging musket balls and cannon shots to serve as couriers for American officers facing a ferocious British bombardment on Boston Harbor. Meanwhile, back home, their sisters are delivering mysterious messages of their own!
Bunker Hill is the second book in the Drums of War series, set in the turbulent years of the American Revolution. The series introduces young readers to both the renowned leaders and everyday people who fought to preserve the social, political, and religious freedoms of the American colonies.
Drums of War #3: A Captive in Williamsburg
It’s 1775, and George Washington has been selected to command the Continental Army. But just as Virginia starts to send militiamen and supplies to Boston to help wrest the city from British military rule, Virginia herself is threatened with invasion!
Former British governor Lord Dunmore has fortified Norfolk as a base of operations and amassed a fleet to attack Virginia’s coastal towns. Now 15-year-old Andrew Hendricks of Williamsburg must race to Norfolk with an important message for Virginia’s 2nd Regiment, a message that will play an important part in the Battle of Great Bridge. But back in Williamsburg, Andrew’s friend Sarah Edwards is in danger of being captured by British spies for interfering with their plans one too many times!
A Captive in Williamsburg is the third book in the Drums of War series, set in the turbulent years of the American Revolution. The series introduces young readers to both the renowned leaders and everyday people who fought to preserve the social, political, and religious freedoms of the American colonies.
Drums of War #4: Charleston
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.
Age Recommendation: 8-14 years old
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