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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