Rule of Ranging 1: Eclipse of the Midnight Sun (Volume 1), The
Author: Mr. Timothy M. Kestrel
Publisher: Timothy Kestrel Arts & Media (2012)
Binding: Paperback, 380 pages
In order for historical fiction to work well for me, the history contained within the novel must be relevant and above all correct. Timothy M. Kestrel weaves a coherent and riveting story which will have the reader turning the pages faster than a high-propelled fan.
The Author uses his story telling capabilities in using an Inn in upstate New York in the mid-19th Century as the place for an elderly Finn to tell his youthful tales to a young New York reporter of his deeds in the late 18th Century during the French and Indian War. The story involves Finn losing his family in Europe during the many senseless wars of that era and his travels which took him on the seas of the Atlantic and onward to London and finally to the new world.
Kestrel utilizes the Finn as a warrior who seems always to be in the middle of adventure and danger. Kestrel who is a former US Army Ranger weaves his story onto the original Rangers who fought on the Niagara Frontier in the 18th century. These Rangers were the famous Rogers Rangers in which Kestrel further weaves historical lore into the deeds and exploits of our hero the Finn. For Kestrel the writing of these early Rangers seemed to be the opus for the author to relate his story. As his dedication of this book said, “I am not a man that I am because I was a Ranger. I am a Ranger because a man that I am.” Finn tells these exploits while draining glass after glass of malt scotch with a young New York reporter in the Inn in upstate New York in the middle of the 19th Century.
This is a great read which down the road deserves a sequel, don’t miss this one!
Reviewed by: Dick Geschke (2013)