- Sept. 5, 2020
-- Historical Novel Revisits the French and Indian War
This 678-page epic war novel takes a page from James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans
(1826), which featured the adventures of Natty Bumppo during the French and Indian Wars. Cooper used his experience as a seaman early in his life to write about war, while modern-day author Erick W. Nason grew up in Glens Falls, New York, the heart of Rogers' Rangers territory. Fort Edward was south, the Lake George Battlefield and Fort William Henry just above, and Fort Ticonderoga to the north. He has walked the fields and ramparts of the battles he writes about and is also a Revolutionary War re-enactor.
Founded in 1751, Rogers' Rangers was a provincial company that became attached to the British Army during the French and Indian War. It was adopted into the British army as an independent ranger company and saw numerous battles.
In Nason's novel, this real-life company is led by the fictional Captain Jacob Clarke. Clarke was an advisor to British Colonel Grant and South Carolina in their fight against the Cherokee in 1760-1761.The Ranger Creed
reads in part: R
ecognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high spirit of the corps of my Ranger Regiment. A
cknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier. N
ever shall I fail my comrades. G
allantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. E
nergetically will I meet the enemies of my country. R
eadily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.
Website: - http://sbprabooks.com/ErickWNason/