Book Review

‘The Bastard’ by John Jakes

tb jjSTORY: One man’s quest for his destiny leads him to the New World and into the heart of the American Revolution

Meet Phillipe Charboneau: the illegitimate son and unrecognized heir of the Duke of Kentland. Upon the Duke’s death, Phillipe is denied his birthright and left to build a life of his own. Seeking all that the New World promises, he leaves London for America, shedding his past and preparing for the future by changing his name to Philip Kent. He arrives at the brink of the American Revolution, which tests his allegiances in ways he never imagined.

REVIEW: This is the first book of the Kent Family Chronicles as well as my first read from this author and I loved it. I now must acquire all nine books because this is just a start to this saga. I would highly recommend this author to all of the aspiring writers out there. This should be a must read for all of them because John Jakes is the master of not just story telling, but characterization. Everyone you meet in this story has a purpose and is three-dimensional.

I also have to praise the setting. This story envelopes the worlds of France, England and America. If you’re a fan of the American history, you’ll love meeting Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.

The three P’s are all checked out, and you’ll love the prose as much as the plot because the pace is fast and furious and I enjoyed every second of the ride the author offered.

If you’ve never read this novel, I highly recommend you do it.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


2 thoughts on “‘The Bastard’ by John Jakes”

  1. I seem to remember this being out in the late 70s…I remember my friend writing a book report on it…not sure it was really age-appropriate at the time


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