Benjamin's Field

Ascent, Benjamin's Field Trilogy Book 2

Young Adult - Social Issues
455 Pages
Reviewed on 01/24/2016
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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: Ascent (Benjamin's Field Trilogy Book 2) by J.J. Knights is a young adult story that starts with Jeremy Kyner as a teenager. Because of his clubfoot, he is being bullied by a teacher who wants to have him institutionalized. Many people come to Jeremy's aid against his teacher, including Jeremy's grandfather, his hired hand, a Catholic priest, a Jewish blacksmith, a girl full of courage, a misfit, and a class bully. When the teacher's plans fall apart, she reveals her own dark secret. Around the same time, Randy Bridgewater appears on the scene. Randy is Jeremy's war hero and his deceased father's long lost friend. When he steps out of the past, he brings with him a surprising twist that propels the story into book three and the dramatic conclusion of this intense trilogy.

Ascent is a unique young adult book in the fact that it is the second book of a trilogy that spans 60 years of one family's history. This family saga is full of love, loss, and life lessons that encompass the themes of family loyalty versus individual need, personal liberty, society's expectations, religious prejudice, racism, intolerance, charity, and forgiveness. It is the type of story that will make you laugh on one page and cry on the next. It will stay with you long after you've moved on and read the last page. It is one of those stories I will be thinking about for a long time.