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Prelude to Glory, Vol. 4: The Hand of Providence (Prelude to Glory #4)
by Ron Carter
After American victories at Trenton and Princeton the stage is set for the critical battle of Saratoga where the American and British armies clash in a desperate do-or-die battle. A stunning American victory brings help from the French - a vital shot in the arm for a small group of colonists fighting the mightiest empire on earth.
Paperback, 640 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Bookcraft
(first published September 2000)
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It's the sweltering summer of 1777, and flamboyant British General John Burgoyne has been sent by King George III to command a force of some eight thousand British and German troups in the war raging in the rebellious American colonies. His task? To proceed south from Quebec and lay siege to and capture Fort Ticonderoga. With the British thus in charge of the important Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor, "Gentleman Johnny" reckons it will be a simple matter to proceed to Albany and join his fo ...more
I am learning so much of Revolutionary War history as I read this Prelude to Glory series by Ron Carter! I feel so badly that all that I was taught of Benedict Arnold throughout my grade school life was that he was a traitor. He was an amazing hero of the Revolution before he made the bad choice. If General Gates would have listened to him more and not worried so much of playing the politics he felt would catapult himself over George Washington, many lives would have been saved on both sides. Th ...more
The author does a wonderful job of bringing history to life in his writing. I like how he incorporates his characters into actual historical events. Every chapter is followed by documentation of what is fact. The research to write this series is amazing. These books remind me of "The Work and the Glory" series. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that I have a hard time reading about the suffering, cruelty and sadness of war.
I loved reading this whole series because it allowed me to learn much more about our countries beginnings than I ever learned in school--but I enjoyed it this time. A fictional family and their friends make the journey through the revolutionary war and on into the establishment of the United States government and the rough economic times that followed the war. Book 9 jumps ahead in time to the war of 1812.
This book got a little slow in the middle...but I just pick up another book for a little while when that happens. However, I LOVED the end. Learned SO MUCH about Benedict Arnold. What a great man. It helped me understand what lead up to his traiting against us a little bit. I love what I'm learning in these books! They may not be the fastest pace, but they are so interesting.
Apr 21, 2008 Amber rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History Lovers
4th book in the Prelude to Glory Series. Where is the love story from the first book?? This continues with the battles from the Revolutionary War, and finally the Americans are starting to win a little. This book held my attention a lot better than the last book, with more positive outcomes for the GOOD GUYS.
A fun series with a great mix of well researhed history of the US Revolutionary War (with footnotes) and fictional personal items to bring the story to life. The fictional characters are well placed to bring the story out.
Ron Carter was born in Salt Lake City and reared in Twin Falls, Idaho. He served received a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Brigham Young University. He received a juris doctor degree in 1962 after attending the law schools at George Washington University and the University of Utah. Recently he has been a research and writing director for the Superior Court system of Los Angeles Co ...moreMore about Ron Carter...