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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Benjamin's Field: Rescue (Benjamin's Field Trilogy) (Volume 1) by J.J. Knights is a historical fiction that covers aviation history and America's fight during the World Wars. In 1918, during World War One, rural Pennsylvanian farmer Benjamin Kyner learns that his son's fiancée Eleanor has given birth to a disabled child. Disowned by her parents, Eleanor is alone and afraid. Benjamin suffers from those same emotions, but struggles with the implications of accepting a disabled grandchild. Other characters are thrown into the mix of this epic story and include Father James Templeman, who struggles to keep his tragic secret and still serve his God. Randy Bridgewater is a fighter pilot turned alcoholic as he deals with his own guilt. And Hiram Bolt, a descendant of slaves, is Benjamin's farmhand who wants to free the world from its suffering.
This story is epic. It is ambitiously written, detail oriented, and full of interesting information about this time period. Readers will learn so much about the World Wars and aviation history. Yet the reader isn't bogged down with detail but rather eased into this informational setting. Readers will also appreciate the theme of this story, how family and loyalty play against a person's individual needs. Racism, tolerance, and injustice are all ideals that readers are still aware of today, even though the backdrop of this story is almost one hundred years ago.