Sea captain Alexander Hawkins has returned to his Block Island, Rhode Island home after an extended merchant voyage. Although eagerly anticipating his time back home after so long at sea, he soon learns that little has gone well in his absence. His father has struggled with the family farm and Alexander's sweetheart, Rebekah, greets him with cool contempt. In addition, the political atmosphere in this spring of 1776 is highly charged, as the American colonies scramble to defend their rights against the British. Alexander himself awaits news of his own commission into the fledgling American Navy.
But there is more to the prevailing attitudes on Block Island than freedom from British oppression-many Sons of Liberty insist that freedom from British rule means freedom for all men, black as well as white. Yet many patriots wonder about losing their profits-even some of their property-if they can no longer own slaves. Alexander stands firmly on the side of freedom for all, even as he has to maintain "social order" with his companion and "brother", Nathan - a slave. This conundrum looms large in Alexander's mind and colors his decisions and behavior.
In August 1776, Alexander leads a secret mission to transport arms from Rhode Island to General Washington's troops under siege on Manhattan Island. His squadron enters into a British trap near the treacherous waters of Hell Gate. Who will survive and what will it take to rekindle Alexander's passion to continue the fight for slave freedom?
"Stone Wall Freedom - The Islander, the second book in Tucker's remarkable trilogy, deftly picks up the threads of the original story and weaves a new one all its own. Set against the backdrop of political controversy and the people's conflicting opinions on slavery, Tucker's story is as heartrending as it is heartwarming. His inspiration for the book was drawn from the actual stone walls that crisscross the Block Island landscape, as well as the rich history of the island's inhabitants. This brilliant historical fiction was written "as a tribute to the microcosm of the struggle for freedom that the men and women, both free and slave, faced on this blessed little land."
Stone Wall Freedom - The Islander
By David Lee Tucker
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Published: August 2011
About The Author
David Lee Tucker grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and spent most of his life enjoying Summers on Block Island, Rhode Island. He now resides in Trumbull, Connecticut and continues to spend time at his summer residence on Block Island located on High Street. He has an undergraduate degree and an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut. He recently retired from his career as a retirement benefits executive with a Fortune 100 company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. He is a published author of poetry and nonfiction articles. Stone Wall Freedom – The Pirate and Stone Wall Freedom - The Islander are his first two novels.
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Other books by David Lee Tucker:
Stone Wall Freedom: Part I - The Pirate
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Two Harbors Press (August 2, 2011)
A small rugged Northeastern Island, Pirates, kidnapping, buried treasure, slave ships, and freedom for stone walls. Author David Lee Tucker masterfully weaves each element into one compelling tapestry beginning with Part I: STONE WALL FREEDOM The Pirate.
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