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Savage Liberty

(Duncan McCallum #5)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The fifth installation of Eliot Pattison's Bone Rattler series follows the exiled Scotsman Duncan McCallum to the stepping-stones of the American Revolution

Acclaimed author Eliot Pattison continues his Bone Rattler series as Duncan McCallum is drawn into dark intrigue surrounding the Sons of Liberty in this gripping thriller set in the early days of the American revoluti
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Counterpoint Press
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Jeffrey Keeten
”Battles didn’t revolutionize America, it was scores of thousands of personal revolutions that transformed the colonists, who then transformed the colonies.”

Many of those untamable Highland Scots who survived the Battle of Culloden were expelled by the English in the years following that conflict, landing on the shores of America. They added to an already unruly bunch of colonists who had left their European homeland to search for opportunity, but to also escape oppressive laws, persecution, or
Barb in Maryland
4.5 stars. Wow!
Our continuing hero, Duncan McCallum, is a magnet for trouble. It is the spring of 1768; Duncan, Sarah Ramsey, Conawego and others from the Edentown community are in Boston to replenish supplies, do some shopping, visit friends. Of course, things are bound to happen, as some of Duncan's friends include John Hancock and Samuel Adams and others of the nascent Sons of Liberty.
The action opens with a bang--the explosion of the ship Arcturus, leading to the death of its crew of 37 and
Kate Baxter
This fifth book in Eliot Pattison's, "Bone Rattler" series is a thrilling ride through 1768 New England and Quebec. The hero, Duncan McCallum, is a highly regarded highlander and former ranger with adept surgical skills, a keen mind, and fighting prowess.

In this story, Duncan is falsely accused of multiple murders and treason. He is being hunted by King George's Army while at the same time he is tracking down clues and threading the conspiracy details together. He along with his dear friends of
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A new book just out this year, from an author I'd never read before. Set in the time period I reenact, I was suitably impressed by the authors scholarship in representing that period. His mistakes were few & far between. I was amused by the very PC equality of distribution of both the heroes and the villains, among the English, French, Colonials and Indians. Only the Scots get off Scot free. All the Scots are represented as good hearted, honest & true heroes. It had a bit of light philos ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love historical fiction and literary mysteries? One of the best series continues here as Duncan McCallum and his companions share the growing pains of colonial America. This fifth entry takes place in 1768 when the Sons of Liberty are starting to make themselves a nuisance in Boston, the French & Indian War is a haunting recent memory, and political intrigue and power struggles run between colonies, tribal nations, and colonial powers.

Pattison once again uses masterful descriptive language t
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent mystery taking place in pre-Revolutionary colonial New England. Even though it is fiction, it is filled with lots of historical information that alone would make the story extremely meaningful and riveting to anyone interested in early US history. I thought it is especially insightful regarding the native culture of those times. If that is not ones interest, the story itself and the depiction of that era has enough intrigue and suspense to keep one absorbed through the entir ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting backdrop for a story. I enjoyed the explanations of the native American history and the inevitable decimation of their culture - very sad but true. I thought the book was a little choppy during scene changes so hard to follow. From reading the summary on the back jacket, I thought the book may involve Hancock, Adams, etc. much more than it did. Instead it's like they're thrown in a little at the beginning so as to lure a reader and then just tossed to the wayside. Too many words - cu ...more
Danielle Urban
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Savage Liberty by Eliot Pattison is a novel that sent me back in time. I love following Scottish characters. I have never read a novel, where they were never not in trouble. There was always something going wrong to keep the action steady. Duncan MaCallum's life was interesting. Death was constantly hanging over his head. Duncan is a strong, determined, and stubborn man. He appeared foolish but is not. He is braver than most men. His relationship with the strong-willed woman, Sarah, is beautiful ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I cannot say enough about this book series. This is the latest in a series of historical thriller/mysteries featuring a highland Scottish indentured servant that begins at the very early stages (1750s +/-) of what will eventually become the American Revolution. Taking place largely in NY, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and New England it follows the early Indian wars, the early unrest in the Colonies way before the rumblings of the upcoming revolution, and many other things that grade school hi ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Savage Liberty is a well-researched book. Historical fiction including real and fictional characters. This is the fifth book in a series. Not having read the previous books, I was at a disadvantage and had great difficulty following the twists and turns and the constant turn of events. I believe that the characters were developed in previous books so I did not feel a strong connection to any. Duncan seemed to have 9 lives, recovering quickly from each near-death experience. I liked how everybody ...more
Rick Mitchell
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
First, there is probably an advantage to reading the preceding books. There are so many characters, it may help to know something of six or eight of them.

The book is very choppy and about 130 pages too long. The plot is frequently interrupted by long philosophical thoughts or irrelevant asides. Frequently by the end, I was skimming or skipping entire paragraphs and not missing a thing. I went to two stars from one, only because there was some good history. Even with that, though, it helps if you
David Frantz
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway .
I really enjoyed this book. If you love a good mystery and are a fan of this time period you will not be disappointed. If you are hesitant to read Savage Liberty because you are unfamiliar with this time period you need not worry because Mr. Pattisons knowledge of the era and his writing skills are descriptive enough to make you feel you are there.
I think this book would be a worthwhile addition to anyone's library
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The setup to this mystery was unnecessarily complicated but the details of early American history were interesting. Characters kept making mysteriously abrupt decisions based solely on intuition (usually wrong) or passion (usually overblown) so my eyes rolled more than once. I might pick up another Duncan McCallum story by accident or desperation but won't be seeking them on purpose.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
In many ways, I found this a hard book to get through. It seemed to be thoroughly researched, and in the end, I did enjoy it. But, the writing was not what I would call smooth. I almost gave up about half way through, but I'm glad I persevered, as the second half of the book was more rewarding. I found the Preface and the Author's Note very enlightening.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars = "I like it" per GR's rating system.

This book is well written. It's rare to find books like this anymore. It's not something you race through but needs to be read thoroughly to get the most out of it. It's one of those historical fiction books that include actual real characters together with fictional ones. Having said all that, I highly recommend that you read the others before you start on this one as you will be somewhat lost otherwise.

I got this book as a free ARC.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Grew weary of the cat and mouse of it all. Well written, vivid imagery and characters. Ultimately, there were blood and guts galore and I couldn't make it through what felt like the third or fourth near death experience of Duncan's. Too much nailbiting for me...
Sherry Guice
If you want to learn a lot about America before the Revolution and especially the interaction between Native Americans and European settlers AND be engaged in a great mystery with interesting and complex characters, I strongly recommend this series.
Barry Payne
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent novel!!! I was thoroughly impressed with McCallums knowledge of American history and the thrilling details of an outstanding book!!! A real page turner! Barry
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a Goodreads winner. A very enjoyable story.
Robert Fritz
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting novel taking place just prior to the Revolutionary War... involving some real events of which I knew nothing.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The author writes a believable tale. The Epilogue backs up the his story with research. I love this type of historical fiction.
One of the best in the series! Characters you really care about, complex storylines. Loved the discussions about Indian spirituality and feelings for nature and the land. While the timeline of the series has moved beyond the end of the F&I War there is so much in this novel about the fallout from that war on individuals and whole peoples -both personal and political.
I received a pre-pub copy of this book via a Goodreads Giveaway.

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Edgar Award winning Eliot Pattison has been described as a "writer of faraway mysteries," a label which is particularly apt for someone whose travel and interests span a million miles of global trekking, visiting every continent but Antarctica.

An international lawyer by training, Pattison first combined his deep concerns for the people of Tibet with his interest in fiction writing in The Skull Ma

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Duncan McCallum (5 books)
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  • Eye of the Raven (Duncan McCallum, #2)
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