America's master storyteller first introduced readers to the Crown family in Homeland. As the second generation comes of age, the Crowns strive to find their place in a turbulent America at the dawn of a new century. From the speedways of Detroit to the glamour of young Hollywood to the daring heights of early aviation, theirs is a story of passion and adventure, glory and ambition.
From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the epic story of the Crown family--first introduced in the New York Times bestseller Homeland. As the second generation comes of age, the Crowns strive to find their place in a turbulent America which stands at the dawn of a new century. From the speedways of Detroit to the unbridled glamour of a young Hollywood, to the daring heights of early aviation--theirs is a story of passion and adventure, glory, and ambition, with all the wonder, promise, and splendor of...American Dreams.
The definitive volume in Jakes's bestselling series finds the Kent family reaching to finally embrace its legacy--and its futureIn the final installment of the Kent Family Chronicles, the remaining Kents seek to fulfill Philip Kent's original American dream. As Gideon Kent's health deteriorates, he fears for the future of his family. Their dynasty, now in ruins, stands as a tarnished symbol of all the Kents have lost in the unstable years of war and expansion. It falls to young Will to bring the family together--a task of epic scope. Only expert storyteller John Jakes could craft such a gripping finale to this beloved family saga, bringing the Kents' drama--and the nineteenth century in America--to its riveting conclusion. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
It was the whip-end of an era-when innocence died and money lust was-'enthroned. The new generation of Kents was locked in a feverish race for wealth-even as Europe's millions poured across the seas, to change the face of our nation and reap its forgotten promise among the pushcarts of Mulberry Street, the c hardnosed docks of Boston, the steaming Barbary Coast. Gideon Kent, his health failing, fears for the future of his lost dynasty. His actress-daughter, Eleanor, learns what it is to love an alien in the land of the free. Con-man Carter drifts cross-country in search of a lazy fortune. It falls to young Will, broken by his mother's madness, to redeem Philip Kent's American dream.
One man's quest for his destiny leads him to the New World and into the heart of the American Revolution Meet Phillipe Charboneau: the illegitimate son and unrecognized heir of the Duke of Kentland. Upon the Duke's death, Phillipe is denied his birthright and left to build a life of his own. Seeking all that the New World promises, he leaves London for America, shedding his past and preparing for the future by changing his name to Philip Kent. He arrives at the brink of the American Revolution, which tests his allegiances in ways he never imagined. The first volume of John Jakes's wildly successful and highly addictive Kent Family Chronicles, The Bastard is a triumph of historical fiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
Phillipe Charboneau-THE BASTARD. Illegitimate son of an English nobleman, Phillipe flees Europe and, as Philip Kent, joins the turbulent adventure that was the beginning of the American Experience. Through his struggles, his passions, his loves, and his courage, we share the wondrous adventure which became our America! And Phillipe found himself plunged into a maelstrom of events-including a blazing battlefield struggle that would bring him face to face with his hated half-brother, Roger ... a tempestuous romance with the daughter of an American revolutionary . . . and a series of exhilarating encounters with a little band of radicals and patriots who authored one of the most revered documents of all time: The U.S. Constitution!
Collection of frontier and western stories, spanning John Jakes's writing career.
The brilliant collection of short stories about the American West by author John Jakes, hailed by Patricia Cornwell as "the best historical novelist of our time" The Bold Frontier collects bestselling author John Jakes's timeless stories about the untamed American West. Jakes thrillingly portrays the harsh realities of life on the frontier with tales of lawmen in the Sierra Nevada, railroad workers in Kansas, and gamblers on the steamboat River Queen. For those who already love Jakes's epic fiction and for readers experiencing his work for the first time, The Bold Frontier is a true American classic. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
Thirty years after the gold Rush, men and women of adventurous spirit discovered the true gold of California. hidden in her hills and streams, in black oil and golden citrus ...
One man's ambitious journey into the heart of California's gold country becomes a pursuit for limitless wealth in the face of devastating ruinAt the height of California's Gold Rush, men left everything behind for the chance at striking it rich. Now, some thirty years after its peak, gold fever still entices adventurous Easterners like James Macklin Chance to the western frontier. A wanderer and a nobody, James is drawn to California by the dream of lasting wealth--a dream so powerful he'll stop at nothing to see it through. In the enthralling style that has led millions to love his work, John Jakes captures the ambition and energy of California's pioneers. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
Charlestonfollows the lives, loves, and shifting fortunes of the Bells -- saints and evil-doers mingled in one unforgettable family -- from the American Revolution through the turbulent antebellum years to the Civil War and the savage defeat of the Confederacy. Delving into our country's history as only he can, Jakes paints a powerful portrait of the Charleston aristocracy who zealously guarded their privilege and position, harboring dark family secrets that threatened to destroy them all. Sweeping from the bitterly divided Carolina frontier of the 1770s through the tragic destruction of the city during the Civil War,Charlestonrepresents America's premier storyteller at his very best.
The Kents' saga expands as its first heroine takes center stage in the relentless struggle to build the family dynasty Opening twenty-two years after the events of The Seekers, John Jakes's fourth Kent Family novel spans the blood-soaked era of America's relentless expansion into the West. Amanda Kent, daughter of Gilbert Kent and Harriet Lebow, is one of the few women to escape the massacre at the Battle of the Alamo. Uncommonly brazen and focused, Amanda seeks to make a new life for herself by restoring the Kent family name. Her efforts to build a dynasty take her to northern California, just in time for the Gold Rush. Her passion and determination during these frenzied years make The Furies an exhilarating page-turner. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
Here are a brave new generation of Kents, moving across American history's colorful canvas from its wild west days to the birth of its gilded age, and-poised unknowingly on the brink of their country's greatest turmoil-building a glorious, but fated, dynasty. Without blood there is no remission of sin The words of the Reverend Jephtha Kent were to be prophecy. Unknowingly his cousin Amanda moved in their shadow, propelled by the driving ambition that would bring her to acts of rage and desperation, until the house of Kent was finally avenged. The raging siege of the Alamo . . . the crude gold rush towns where men were barbaric and women used ... a mighty clipper ship and the romance it promised ... a southern household of Protestant respectability, divided . . . Boston's Beacon Street and the hope it carried . . . New York's glittering high society . . . the voice of abolition thundering to be heard . . . These were the scenes the Kents would come to know -Jared searching for gold, Jephtha for piety, Amanda for vengeance, Louis for a bright new future. This land of greed and hope, of violence and valor, of love-and even murder, was the America of THE FURIES.
In the late nineteenth century, Newport, Rhode Island, was a cauldron of money, excess, and unapologetic greed, where reputations were made and lost in a whirlwind of parties and fancied slights. But amid the glamour of yacht races, tennis matches, and costume balls raged undeclared class warfare, scandalous doings, even madness. In 1893, railroad mogul Sam Driver, one of the few surviving robber barons of the lawless years after the Civil War, knocks on the door of fabled Newport with his daughter, Jenny, determined not to be turned away. In the past, his "new money" was tainted by his rapacious reputation, and even now, an enemy with a pedigree of wealth and position vows to slam every door in Sam's face. But he is determined to win a place in the strange rarefied world of Newport's brief summer season, presided over by social gadflies Ward McAllister and the androgynous Harry Lehr, both of whom will assist the Drivers. . . for a price. The Gods of Newport brings this gilded age of excess to thrilling life. It was a time and place whose extremes of greed, conspicuous consumption, and social striving have an astonishing resonance and relevance for the America we see around us today.
The searing conclusion to the North and South Trilogy brings the battle between the Mains and Hazards--and Confederate and Union armies--to a brilliantly satisfying end The last days of the Civil War bring no peace for the Main and Hazard families. As the Mains' South smolders in the ruins of defeat, the Hazards' North pushes blindly for relentless industrial progress. Both the nation and the families' long-standing bond hover on the brink of destruction. In the series' epic conclusion, Jakes expertly blends personal conflict with historical events, crafting a haunting page-turner about America's constant change and unyielding hope. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
A monumental American novel about one man's rise from life as a penniless immigrant to the head of a family empire In the tradition of great writers like Charles Dickens and John Steinbeck, John Jakes crafts a sweeping family drama. In late-nineteenth-century Chicago, the tragedies and triumphs of the Crowns illustrate the power of the American Dream. As immigrants to America, their turbulent story spans a decade marked by the vicious Pullman Strike, the birth of motion pictures, and the Spanish-American War. Against this backdrop of technological change, industrial-scale greed, and political corruption, the Crowns emerge a true dynasty and one of Jakes's most fascinating families. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
A monumental American novel about one man's rise from life as a penniless immigrant to the head of a family empire. In the tradition of great writers like Charles Dickens and John Steinbeck, John Jakes crafts a sweeping family drama. In late-nineteenth-century Chicago, the tragedies and triumphs of the Crowns illustrate the power of the American Dream. As immigrants to America, their turbulent story spans a decade marked by the vicious Pullman Strike, the birth of motion pictures, and the Spanish-American War. Against this backdrop of technological change, industrial-scale greed, and political corruption, the Crowns emerge a true dynasty and one of Jakes's most fascinating families.
In a flourishing post-Civil War America, the Kent family seizes good fortune again--until all is suddenly threatened by one woman's returnThe penultimate volume in John Jakes's stirring Kent Family Chronicles finds America booming in its postwar prosperity. With this newly secured peace comes an opportunity for the Kent family to reconcile and to thrive, both personally and financially. Gideon Kent takes up his father's vow to reunite the family, but when he brings his father's widow back into the fold, the repercussions seem insurmountable. Against the backdrop of a recovering nation, the Kents face dramatic challenges and unexpected rifts that could leave the family shattered for years to come. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
7th volume in the Kent family saga.
The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War's battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nationAmerica's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones. With his impeccable research and unfailing devotion to the historical record, John Jakes offers his most enthralling and enduring tale yet. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
Book Two of the Civil War North and South trilogy. It is the sequel to North and South and prequel to Heaven and Hell. The other two books are already on Bookshare so this book completes the trilogy.
A courtesan for hire, a brainless hunk, and alien invaders combine to bring about ancient history's most momentous catastrophe in John Jakes's hilarious take on the fall of Atlantis For centuries the mystery of the lost continent of Atlantis has intrigued mortals everywhere. Who lost it? Where did it go? At last the truth is out--or at least the truth according to Hoptor the Vintner, respectable Atlantean wine merchant and not-so-respectable pimp. According to Hoptor, the blame for Atlantis's destruction can be placed squarely on the incredibly broad shoulders of Conax the Chimerical, a none-too-bright, broadsword-wielding barbarian chieftain. Conax washed ashore just as Atlantis's ruler was losing his health and his grip on the kingdom, creating chaos throughout the island. Now things were really about to go south. All of a sudden Hoptor had a lot more to worry about than how to silence the unrelenting nagging of Aphrodisia, the beautiful, strident prostitute he had promised to marry in a moment of weakness. Now the ever-resourceful, vino-loving procurer of female flesh was being called on to possibly save the world as well as his own skin--which would prove to be no small feat, with Conax mucking up everything he touched in his inimitable fashion. And then there were those strange golden discs flying high above everybody's heads . . .
The first volume of John Jakes's acclaimed and sweeping saga about a friendship threatened by the divisions of the Civil WarIn the years leading up to the Civil War, one enduring friendship embodies the tensions of a nation. Orry Main from South Carolina and George Hazard from Pennsylvania forge a lasting bond while training at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Together they fight in the Mexican-American War, but their closeness is tested as their regional politics diverge. As the first rounds are fired at Fort Sumter, Orry and George find themselves on different sides of the coming struggle. In John Jakes's unmatched style, North and South launches a trilogy that captures the fierce passions of a country at the precipice of disaster.This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
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