The Engine and the Gun Author:James Barbary Soon after sixteen-year old Edward Owens went to work for ironmaster John Wilkinson at his foundry in the north of England, he learned that the American colonies were among his benefactor's customers for cannons. In his attempt to rescue his friend, Ensign George Inman, Edward was plunged intoan incredible series of events that made him part of... more » a slave mutany in the mid-Atlantic and led him to the Dutch island of St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, where he finally turned over Wilkinson's hidden cannons and then gave his own loyalty to the cause of George Washington.
This thrilling account of the American Revolution also gives a picture of late 18th century England on the threshold of the Industrial Revolution. Many of the characters in the book--from Ironmaster Wilkinson to James Watt to Dr. Joseph Priestly--did exist. This story of a little-known aspect of the colonist's struggle offers readers a unique view of history and an enjoyable adventure at the same time.« less