The Rebels - Kent Family Chronicles Author:John Jakes Philip Kent fights for the future of his adopted country and of his own wife and son, as British oppression leads America further into Revolutionary War...
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This is the second book in the Kent series. It continues on with Philip and Anne and their new son Abraham. The story focuses mainly on Philip who is fighting in the battlefield for most of the novel while Anne is at home trying to manage their son and a financial investment that ultimately causes tragic consequences for the young family.
Judson Fletcher is introduced in this novel. You wonder why his story is even being told until the end when Jakes connects Judson and Philip in an unexpected way. I didn't like Judson at all mostly because he could never do the right thing. He was weak and had no will power to improve himself. His was just a wasted life.
Anyway, I think the first in the series (The Bastard) was a better read. It focused more on the story and characters and Philip's journey and less on the political atmosphere. In this second novel less emphasis is on storytelling and more on the rigors of war and then all the politics. But this part of the series was necessary of course.