Reviewed By Jane Finch for Readers’ Favorite (www.readersfavorite.com)

Review Rating: Five Stars

Benjamin’s Field: Emancipation by J.J. Knights is the third book in the Benjamin’s Field Trilogy and tells the story of Jeremy Kyner, born with a club foot and classified as a ‘cripple’ for most of his life. The story follows Jeremy as he struggles to find his destiny and to overcome the stigma of his disability. After a friend points him in the right direction, Jeremy finds himself fighting in a war in an unexpected manner, but one that enables him to use his expertise as a pilot. This is a story of tragedy and loss, and yet personal fulfillment as Jeremy and his family and loved ones overcome obstacles that life has placed in their path.

This is a story not just about love and destiny and friendship, but is also a well-researched and informative piece of military history. It takes the reader into a world unknown in present times and brings out the awful reality of war and those who fought in so many different ways to keep the enemy from the door. The author, J.J. Knights, has crafted a story that brings the characters to life; the world in which they lived was one of tears and joy, and the very real devastation caused to so many.

This was a stunning read and one that will stay with me for a very long time. The writing is perfect, with just enough description but not overdone on the technical parts to enable this book to appeal not only to military fans, but to historical and family saga readers also. I cannot wait to read the earlier books in this trilogy to complete the story. An engaging and credible story.

Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorit

Review Rating: Five Stars

 

Benjamin's Field: Emancipation by J.J. Knights is book three in the Benjamin's Field Trilogy series. This series of books basically follows one family’s journey through the tumultuous twentieth century with its world wars and economic hardships, and revolves around loyalty to family and country. The series gives us a detailed historical glimpse into the world through the eyes of Jeremy Kyner, who is disabled and thus unable to enlist to fight in the war. However, he joins the Civil Air Patrol and fulfills his duty and ambition to both serve his country and fight for his family. The family saga forms the backdrop of this story as it brings forward the values of “blood is thicker than water” and loyalty to family above all.

 

Benjamin's Field: Emancipation is an interesting historical read and although it is a fictional story with fictional characters, the wealth of historical detail is astonishing and quite accurate in terms of describing military warfare and life in the early twentieth century. Although this book can be read independently, reading all three books in order would certainly enhance the reading experience. I found the writing to be engaging and it kept my attention throughout. I also liked the character portrayal and how Jeremy is shown to come into his own from a boy to a man. At times, I felt that the focus was a bit too much on war and less on family relationships, but putting it into the context of that era, this makes sense. Overall, this is a glimpse into history and a bygone era and I would recommend it.

 

Reviewed By Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite

Review Rating: Five Stars

 

Benjamin’s Field Book Three: Emancipation is a moving testament to the endurance of life and hope. I did not read the first two books in the series, but that in no way diminished my enjoyment of this third book. Having said that, if you think you might like this series, it just makes sense to start from book one and watch the story unfold the way J.J. Knights intended. I have enough faith in the power of this third book to recommend you read the first two. This story is something you don’t want to miss. In a way, it is the story of the American family and thus America herself during the middle of the tumultuous twentieth century. I was born in 1958 so this period is very interesting to me, but I feel younger readers will enjoy Emancipation and learn from it even more than I did.

 

Emancipation opens with America and the world worried about the threat posed by the Nazis and the Japanese. J.J. Knights shows us a side I have rarely seen about this great war. How the average American family didn't really want to be drawn into what was considered a European problem. But of course, Pearl Harbor changed all that. Jeremy Kyner, the protagonist of Emancipation, is denied entrance into the regular armed forces, but he is determined to serve so he finds himself in the Civil Air Patrol. It's a new service where he doesn't really expect to see any real action, but he is in for quite a surprise. The plot is realistic and follows the historical events. The characters are heartbreakingly realistic sometimes, and the writing is superb.

 

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