Benjamin's Field

Benjamin's Field Trilogy, Volume 1: Rescue

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
317 Pages
Reviewed on 10/21/2015
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Author Biography

J. J. Knights is a retired FBI Special Agent. His assignments included violent crimes and fugitives, property crimes, civil rights investigations, and foreign counterintelligence. He was a surveillance pilot, SWAT sniper, media representative, and worked in the FBI's technical investigations program. Knights also volunteered as a Civil Air Patrol pilot, squadron commander and public information officer. He is an emeritus member of the Imperial Public Relations Committee of Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. He received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. A native of New England, Knights resides in southwestern Pennsylvania with his wife and honeybees. He has authored several published articles on law enforcement recruiting. Benjamin's Field is his first novel.

    Book Review

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.

J. J. Knights


Thanks so much for the great review. Your comments are greatly appreciated!

Jim Knights