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American Knights - Miles Knight: The Patriot is the second of the American Knight family books by authors Knight and Mason. It takes off nicely from the first book and there is also a preface in which those not acquainted with the first book can catch up on characters and events. Miles Knight has come from Ireland as an indentured servant and has endeared himself to the Mead family. After marrying the Mead daughter, Mary, the newlyweds move to North Carolina to begin a new life on John Mead's farm, which has been gifted to Miles and Mary. It is 1774 and there are grumblings of independence. Miles is comfortable on the tobacco farm until he has an altercation with a sheriff. He and Mary then decide to purchase a farm in Georgia where they can begin a new life.
Author Lance Knight and Raymond Mason do a wonderful job of creating strong and enduring characters. Miles is a sturdy and religious man who will fight to the death for his country, his family and the rights of others. Mary is a true woman of depth who gives birth to two sons in primitive conditions and then befriends Native Americans who teach her how to defend her home and her children. The book skillfully informs the reader about decisions to sever ties with the crown of England. The research is beautifully done such that readers are drawn into the lives of ordinary people who lived and worked during the formation of the new country. Readers learn that Miles Knight has accepted a covert military position with his father-in-law, John, and the next chapter in the series begins.