A 4th of July Flashback Friday: The Bastard

ffbutton2Flashback Friday is a weekly tradition started here at Bookshelf Fantasies, focusing on showing some love for the older books in our lives and on our shelves. If you’d like to join in, just pick a book published at least five years ago, post your Flashback Friday pick on your blog, and let us all know about that special book from your reading past and why it matters to you. Don’t forget to link up!

This week on Flashback Friday:


The Bastard (Kent Family Chronicles, book 1) by John Jakes
(published 1974)

 Synopsis (Goodreads):

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. The first volume of John Jakes’s wildly successful and highly addictive Kent Family Chronicles, The Bastard is a triumph of historical fiction


Happy 4th of July! In honor of Independence Day, I thought it would be appropriate to choose an historical novel set during the American Revolution — and how can you beat The Bastard, book #1 in John Jakes’s eight-book Kent Family Chronicles?

The books has had several reprintings over the years, but in my mind, you really need this particular cover — with that cheese-tastic 70s feel — to truly grasp the glory of The Bastard. Does it help to know that this was made into an oh-so-popular mini-series as well?

But seriously, beneath the melodrama, The Bastard does what historical fiction does best: Invest historical events with a personal story revolving around compelling fictional characters, drawing readers in and making the real events from the past come alive on the page.

So… Happy 4th, one and all! And tonight, while you’re watching the fireworks, raise a cup to fictional heroes like Philip Kent as well!

What flashback book is on your mind this week?

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