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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Up until now my favorite books on the subject of early American life were those of James Fenimore Cooper. The Leather Stocking Series is classic, and few books can compete with its detailed description of both Native American and European life in early America, until now. War Cry by David Lloyd is a good book, a great book even, and I can totally see it as a popular series rekindling interest in early American life. Every generation needs new material that speaks to it about our past. War Cry and David Lloyd are perfect for doing this for young people today. The series is called The Riverboat and if the other books in the series are as good as War Cry, it has the potential to become a classic.
Just as in The Leather Stocking Series, the best part about War Cry is the unique characters. Lord James Hamilton is already interesting as a somewhat disgraced and down on his luck English lord. After he decides to go to America and change his name to James Palmer, he becomes downright fascinating. James is the protagonist, but there are many characters as fascinating as him, both good and bad. David Lloyd is very good at creating and writing about great characters. He is also very good at describing early American life. When you combine these two things, and throw in a gripping plot, you have a book and a series that may very well stand the test of time and become a classic.