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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
A Passel of Trouble: The Saga of Loyalist Partisan David Fanning by Joe Epley is a stunning work on a historical personage, a story that captures in vivid and compelling language some facts about the American Revolution that have often been ignored by most American writers. Set against the revolutionary atmosphere in the Carolinas around 1775, the story follows a hero of the Revolution from "the other side," the nineteen-year-old loyalist Sergeant David Fanning, who became colonel after the first battle of the Revolution. Readers follow the career of a rugged boy who successfully evades numerous arrests and detentions, causes a lot of havoc on the enemy side, and manages to capture a governor and 200 soldiers. But this isn't just a story about Fanning as the author introduces an unusual character with a way of life that is contrary to everything Fanning stands for; Josh the Quaker.
Joe Epley is a terrific writer and he has the uncanny ability to help readers relive the experience of the Revolutionary War as though they were part of it. The descriptions are keen and compelling. One feels that it's a story that is well-researched as one delves into the way the protagonist is explored, the cultural tenets, and the general climate of the war. There is a powerful kind of conflict developed throughout the story and, apart from the pressure and concerns of war, the protagonist has to deal with friends who do not think the way he does. Readers will enjoy the courage and patriotism of Fanning, his unwavering zeal, his intelligence and wit, but above all, they will be seeing the American Revolutionary War from the other side of the fence. A Passel of Trouble: The Saga of Loyalist Partisan David Fanning is a compelling historical read with a lot of entertainment. It's a must-read for fans of the genre. Fanning plays out powerfully for a movie character. A book with a unique perspective.