The Red Doe Author:Drayton Mayrant The author of that fine religious historical novel, First the Blade, now turns to a dramatic era in the history of our own country for a gripping tale of high adventure, patriotism, and romance. A story with significance for all Americans, it tells how a young farmer risked his life for freedom--and won the love of a woman whose spirit matched ... more »his own.
When the electrifying call to arms--the news of Lexington and Concord and Charles Town--aroused the Carolina up-country, there was no choice for brawny Lex Mourne. He knew no price was too high, no sacrifice too great to achieve liberty. Giving up his livelihood, his pleasant existence and hopeful future, he slipped through a Tory net to join Francis Marion's stalwart rebels in their forest lair!
But through those desparate times of hardship and privation, Lex carried with him the haunting images of three young women: Sal, the "girl next door" who had promised to wait; Peggy, the delicate princess of his boyhood dreams; and impetuous, unpredicatable Fire, who demanded more of him than any woman ever had. During the raids and retreats, the hair-raising dangers and hair-breadth escapes, they were his only talisman of the future, his only pledge of peace.
Then, suddenly, as Lex become embroiled with a bitter personal foe, love and honor became inextricably intertwined! For the arrogant Redcoat Major Evelyn Fay, who rode the only horse of the Red Doe strain in all America, was a man who would not hesitate to twist a woman's heart to his own ends. So when he and Lex at last met face to face, there was more at stake than life itself--there was a deadly private challenge!
How with only his wit and courage to save him from a spy's disgrace, Lex wrested a spectacular prize from the Red Doe's master and won the woman who would make his victory complete in thie spell-binding climax to this suspenseful novel. In the hands of a storyteller like Drayton Mayrant--well known for such successes as A Sword from Galway and The Running Thread, as well as First the Blade, the story of these patriots who pitted their lives against the British might and Tory treachery to give us our heritage of freedom becomes real and urgent. As authentic as it is colorful, as exciting as it is rewarding, The Red Doe is an inspiring tale that will live in your memory long after you close this book.« less