begin by saying this book is historical fiction but it does make
for a great read. This is the first of the Gauntlet Runner series by the author.
In this book, Private Jacob Murray, a twenty-six-year-old Pennsylvanian
volunteer in the ranks of George Washington’s Virginia Provincial
Militia, is scouting the dense, almost impassable Ohio Valley wilderness
in May 1754. Together with his twin brother, Israel, and two Mingo
warriors, Jacob searches for a party of French troops encroaching
on British soil.
Back at home, Murray’s wife, Maggie, and their four children carve
out a meager existence until a group of French and Huron war parties
raid their small farm. Taken captive, they are unsure if they will
live to see their husband and father again. With word spreading
that French-backed Huron raiding parties are decimating the Pennsylvania
countryside and taking white captives, young Major Washington, Murray,
and a French officer bent on revenge are destined to cross paths.
As three hostile powers continue to vie for control of the coveted
Ohio Valley, a war soon begins that will engulf them all.
The Gauntlet Runner tells a tale of fractured lives, broken treaties,
and the stark realities of the struggles faced by early American
settlers as they risk their lives to cultivate the young, formidable
Paperback, 6” x 9”, 220 pages, 2011. $15.95
Other books in the series:
• Shades of Death Book II
• Forest Sentinels Book III
• Bloodlines Book IV
• Heights of Hell: The Gauntlet Runner Book V
• Blind Faith: The Gauntlet Runner Book VI