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The year is 1600, and the place is a wild new land--at least it is for Pamela Roberts Lee's latest protagonist, a young Puritan convert. As he is adapting to the so-called New World, he must understand his new religion. All the while, he struggles to overcome his guilt for swearing to hide a thief's crime, thereby allowing him to exist undetected and unpunished in his community.
The Darkness at Dawn is a story of how moral character is tested in a turbulent setting. As a former US Air Force Colonel and Department Of Justice Trial Attorney, Lee repeatedly faced the conflict of honor and professionalism. The choice between the two is not always easy, and heroism and faith go hand in hand, in the starkest of terms, throughout The Darkness at Dawn.
This is a book written combining history of the northeast and People coming to this country to settle an area. The challenges they found and how they found their place in history. Hope you will take the time to read this novel. A fast read and exciting.
This book was loaned to me by a friend, and I am happy that I had the opportunity to read it. It takes the reader back in time to the Puritan Days and includes strife, hardships and adventure.
It was on an Atlantic voyage that thirteen year old John Lee saw nineteen year old Richard Hawkes steal a significant religious item. Because of this incident, sinister threats were made, and a promise kept throughout forty years of unpleasant encounters between the two lads who grew into manhood harboring mutual hostile feelings.
The passengers traveling to America were a large group of primarily wealthy settlers who were seeking a religious refuge from the leanings of the Church of England. The bulk of the story takes place in New England in the 1600s. It deals with the Puritan faith, Indian wars, friendship between Lee and some of the tribal members, witchcraft, thievery, murders, hangings and the everyday life of the colonists and various Indian tribes.
The story is full of history, and the content is fascinating. It is; however, definitely not a quick read as it is rather long at 554 pages. The tale is filled with many archaic words and/or terms. It would make for faster and perhaps easier reading if a thesaurus was included.
Darkness book review Great story and loved learning about 1600s in America based loosely on John Lee a real person back then. Loved learning about Boston, Hartford, Massachusetts , Connecticut, and especially the multitude of different tribes in Indian wars and witchcraft. I rooted for the main character John Lee to prevail against the evil Richard Hawkes. Can’t wait and hope for a second book! First the Title “The Darkness before Dawn” is beautifully portrayed by the real cemetery photo on cover of the real John Lee grave. It reminds me of the story that things were really bad for many years for John Lee and his people and the trouble that comes in the night with dreams and nightmares dealing with tragedy in life. But their always is a dawn or light at the end of the tunnel and things can be recovered from. The book is really written from John Lee’s point of view but has also a lot of the bad guy Hawkes point of view, really two competing views. As the summary on the back of the book and one of the very first pages describes, John sees Richard steal a chalice and the rest of the story is based on that. I really liked learning about the spiritual parts of the book talking about Puritan faith and how it differs from current modern day Christianity. My two favorite parts of the book were when they brought an Indians body back to the wife and she was so appreciative to see him one last time and the character Neshegan’s life. Nesehegan is almost a spiritual second coming of someone not Jesus, but an angel, an Indian, a carpenter, never upset, and as a child to adult an amazing character in the book. Of course I loved the descriptions of the countryside, the Indians, and the Indian wars interested me the most. It is a great story, I loved the beginning and the only thing I didn’t like was that the middle 10 years of the story took a while to develop. I could not put the book down the last 250 pages. I think a lot of guys and gals will like it, it is not a romance novel; it is an epic story about those times with a vivid description of all the things going on back then in New England.
I enjoyed the book very much and after several chapters, hated to put down. I even recommended that my brother offer to his students on the reservation to encourage them to read because of the shortness of chapters and easy reading. Can't wait for sequel.
I love a book that when you read it you want to reach into the pages and either strangle someone or give them a hug and this book delivered that for me. The descriptions of the people and scenes were vivid and really brought the story to life. I loved every page!
Couldn’t put this book down! Looking forward to re-reading it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pamela Roberts Lee is a former Air Force Judge Advocate and retired U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney who has appeared in courts throughout the United States. She currently lives in Alamogordo, New Mexico with her husband Matt, where she is Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Her vision for writing The Darkness at Dawn comes from her knowledge of her ancestors, including the story's protagonist, John Lee, and from her belief that all Americans would benefit from learning about America's turbulent 1600s.