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Clash of Empires

(The Mallory Saga #1)

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In 1756, Britain and France are on a collision course for control of the North American continent. The eventual result can be described as the first world war, known as the Seven Year’s War in Europe and the French and Indian War in the colonies. The Mallory family uproots from eastern Pennsylvania, and moves to the western frontier, where they find themselves in the middl ...more
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Published November 25th 2016
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Gordon Doherty
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The French Indian War, you say? Well, it was virgin territory for me. Aside from what I had garnered from the Hollywood epic, Last of the Mohicans, I knew very little about the political and military situation in 1750s colonial America. Now, I feel both educated and thoroughly entertained by Mr. Bennett’s debut novel ‘Clash of Empires’.

It’s quite a special skill to be able to take a reader (like me) from a dreary morning in a coffee shop in Scotland and catapult them back through time into the h
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Martin Lake
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a child, one of my favourite TV shows was The Last of the Mohicans. I was, therefore, excited to find a book set in a similar time and place, one which is not often written about. Paul Bennett’s debut novel is a great, page-turning read. He takes us back to a frontier which was wild, beautiful and dangerous. His descriptions of the landscape are a lovely combination of the detailed and the poetic which seems entirely appropriate; I was swept away by it.

The story is based on the experiences of
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LadyJBookishNook
I love reading about American History so I was glad to review Paul Bennett's Clash of Empires. The book tells the military and political story of the French and Indian War.

The author does a great job sending us back in time and introducing us to the Mallory family. The Mallorys start out farming but soon decide to head west to help run a trading post. As the Mallorys move they find themselves in the middle of fighting between Britain and France. The main character Liam marries into the Mohawk I
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Robert Southworth
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
My entire knowledge around the French Indians Wars comes from two Hollywood movies. Last of the Mohican and the far better Drums along the Mohawk. So my review is purely based on the author's prowess in telling a good yarn. Two European powers(super powers of their day) position themselves to win control of the America's. As is the case in these matters, it is the ordinary families, who would rather get on with their lives, that are caught in the middle. One such family is the main protagonists ...more
Mary Yarde
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“If history teaches us anything, it is that it will repeat…”

Thomas Mallroy was not content with his life as a farmer. He wanted more. The frontier was the only place for someone like him. Thomas longed for the adventure and the freedom a trading post would bring.

But Thomas’ need for adventure comes at a terrible cost to his family. For the frontier was where the battle lines between the French and the British had been drawn. And as the local Indian tribes take sides, the frontier is no longer a
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C May
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
As other reviewers have already stated, this book deals with the events in North America during the seven years war, the French and Indian war as it has become known in America. The storyline largely follows a settler of Irish stock, Thomas Mallory, and his extended family. One of the best parts for me was the way in which the author showed the degree of intermingling between the various peoples who inhabited the American frontier at that time. It is always easy to view history through the prism ...more
Deborah Foulkes
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clash of Empires by Paul Bennett is set during the French Indian War and at first I was unsure whether it was something I could get into, but I was wrong. My interest lying with Ancient and British History. The story is told with differing character voices which added depth and reality to the story told, which was enjoyed thoroughly . I learned so much about a small part of American History and the characters created were believable and well written. Again another history fiction book that’s a m ...more
Glen Craney
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a boy, I would often visit relatives in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, the oldest permanent colonial American settlement west of the Appalachians. My imagination was sparked as I climbed with toy musket across the palisade walls of the famous replica of Old Fort Harrod. That outpost was founded by Virginia trailblazers in the midst of Lord Dunmore's War, fought in 1774 against the Shawnee and Mingo nations. Many of those first settlers who spent time at Fort Harrod would become etched into American h ...more
Adam Lofthouse
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My knowledge of the French & Indian War is, well...non existent! That is to say, it was.

I went into Clash of Empires with a completely open mind, but slightly worried. As a passionate lover of the ancient world, I thought I would struggle to immerse myself in the minds and surroundings this book had to offer.

I was wrong.

This book is terrific, from cover to cover. It follows the story of Liam Mallory, a young man, skilled hunter, expert shot with a rifle. His father is a farmer, veteran soldi
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mixal
3.7
quite promising series, for some reason I enjoyed especially the portrayal of everyday life at the frontier
Narelle
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is my Genre so I loved it. It is full of the brutal history you would expect with some surprise appearances from the heroes in history we often hear about portrayed in movies and TV. This book was so good I read it twice. I look forward to the next book and what is install for the Mallory family.
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I chose to read this book for Rosie’s book review team because my knowledge of the French and Indian Wars is limited to what I learned reading The Last of the Mohegans by James Fennimore Cooper and Northwest Passage by a Maine author I revere: Kenneth Roberts. I hoped to increase my knowledge with Clash of Empires and the book did not disappoint.
This first book, The Mallory Saga, is modestly described as follow: “In 1750, the Mallory family moved to the western Pennsylvania frontier, seeking a h
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Let me begin this intro-bio by revealing that I love to be up in the wee hours of the morning.  Coffee is best at that time of day which also coincides nicely with the inspiring actions of my Muse.  My name is Paul Bennett though my golfing alter ego is named Ocho Seis (more on Ocho later).  I was born in 1951; way back in the days of the Eisenhower presidency, The Korean War and the Red Menace.  
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