Brothers and Warriors

Patriots of the American Revolution Series - Book One

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
340 Pages
Reviewed on 06/04/2016
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Author Biography

Geoff Baggett is a small town pastor with a passion for Revolutionary War history. He is an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution and has discovered over twenty Patriot ancestors in his family tree from Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. He is an avid living historian, appearing regularly in period uniform in classrooms, reenactments, and other commemorative events. He lives on a small piece of land in rural western Kentucky with his amazing wife, a daughter and grandson, and a yard full of perpetually hungry chickens and goats.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

Everything about this historical novel, Brothers and Warriors by Geoff Baggett, is thoroughly and pleasingly professional and polished – from the glorious cover to the writing and the precise editing, the impeccable plot-crafting, and the faultless authentic descriptions of locale, along with an abundance of pitch perfect dialogues between a large cast of deftly created and well-developed characters, and with each imagined moment of decisive story-telling leading to one immensely great read. The author never stumbles while bringing to life the Hamilton family of three colonial brothers – James, John, and William – as they are inextricably drawn into the American Revolutionary War. This first book in a projected series begins with three admirable young men learning to navigate the southern colonial world with only themselves to rely upon as they make their fatherless way by working hard and remaining honest – skills which bring both respect and notoriety as the winds of war storm close.

In Brothers and Warriors, Geoff Baggett has managed to weave his vast knowledge of pre-war and wartime colonial America into a story so convincing and alive that one remembers clearly why he came to reading in the first place – not just to be entertained and distracted, but also to inhabit the story as if it were fully real, and to know the central characters as if they were truly family. One cannot over-praise this author for his accomplishment or his writing. He makes these feats seem simple, for one is too caught up in the story to think much about the required skills for telling it so well. As a professional reviewer, I am loath to engage in superficial hype. This, my friends, is one GREAT read!

Rabia Tanveer

Brothers and Warriors by Geoff Baggett is the story of two brothers who stood against the world in the American War of Revolution with the hopes of surviving with their humanity intact. James and John Hamilton are brothers. The two of them never had it easy. They faced it all, but they faced it together. All they want now is peace and some stability. However, outside forces beyond their control pull them into the war. These brothers have fought their way through hardships, but this is something else. Even the time hardened brothers are finding it difficult. The days are getting harder to survive and the brothers can fight their way out of it. The only question is, can they do it with their sanity intact? Can they fight the war and still remain the same?

Wartime historical novels are not usually my favorite novels to read, but this novel is something special. John and James are extremely relatable. Although it is historical fiction, the novel is very real. I genuinely cared about John and James; the relationship between the two brothers is great. They were truly a team; they actually reminded me of Dean and Sam Winchester from Supernatural. They have this intense connection that cannot be explained but only felt. I kept on thinking about them after I finished the novel. The novel was intense, charismatic, and very, very intriguing. I would definitely read more from Baggett because this first experience was simply terrific and amazing.

Chris Fischer

Brothers and Warriors, the first book in the planned Patriots of the American Revolution Series by author Geoff Baggett, is a simply stellar book in the genre of historical fiction. Taking place in the Revolutionary War era, Baggett's story line follows brothers John and James Hamilton, young men who, in many ways, are lucky to have survived as long as they have in normal times. But when they enter the war, and not necessarily by their own choice, they deal with things they have never seen before. From the evil acts of war they witness by the Redcoats and the Tories that fight against them, to the difficulties of the war on the citizens of their young country, it seems unlikely that the brothers will ever be able to return to their beloved home in the forests of Carolina. But with faith and bravery, their hope remains.

I very much enjoyed Brothers and Warriors. Author Geoff Baggett has done a great job in his work of historical fiction and, at times, readers will feel as if they have simply slipped through the pages into the battles beside the Hamilton brothers. This story is full of action and adventure, but it is also an emotional read and filled with areas where readers will pause for thought. Readers who enjoy historical fiction should pick up the book as soon as they get a chance to do so. I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the second book in what promises to be an excellent series. Author Geoff Baggett has a lot to live up to after this book, but with his obvious talent, I am certain that he will meet his readers' expectations and more!

Kathryn Bennett

Brothers and Warriors (Patriots of the American Revolution Series Volume 1) by Geoff Baggett takes us back to a time before America was free. The British have taken Charlestown and waste no time in making the people scared as they are oppressed. The war rages on everywhere in the Carolinas and it seems like the Patriot side has lost. John and James Hamilton are forced into the war themselves and, while they have survived much in their lives, they may not survive the Tories and the Redcoats. Or at least, they may not come out at the other end of a bloody killing field of a war with their humanity intact.

The American Revolution is one of my favorite periods of history and I find it is not covered in historical fiction nearly enough. Geoff Baggett has delighted me by creating a thrilling and exciting novel set in the bloody fight for American independence. I found this story to be rich and entertaining as well as emotional. War is an ugly thing and this book does not shy away from it. James and John are compelling characters. I felt very invested in their journey and wanted nothing more than for them to come out on the other side of the story intact. To me the kind of investment that makes me feel for the characters, as if I am walking alongside them in their journey, is the hallmark of an excellent writer and story. I very much look forward to more of this series; the history is on point and the story flows beautifully. I highly recommend this read.

Tracy Slowiak

In a fantastic new work of historical fiction by author Geoff Baggett, Brothers and Warriors: Book One of Patriots of American Revolution series, readers will be treated to a book that will keep them obsessively turning the pages from the start all the way through to the very end. Taking place during the American Revolution, the story follows brothers James and John Hamilton. The two were pulled into the war, seemingly by forces beyond their control. They have survived much in their lives already, but the bloody war and the actions of the Redcoats are like nothing they've encountered before. Will the depravities of war change the brothers forever? Or will they somehow come out on the other side, still alive and with their humanity intact? You'll need to read the book to find out!

I loved Brothers and Warriors: Book One of Patriots of American Revolution. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's truly how I felt about this excellent book of historical fiction. Author Geoff Baggett has done a fantastic job in creating characters that his readers will connect with, relate to, and truly care about, thinking of them long after the last page has been read. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The setting is so realistic that readers will truly be transported back to the Revolutionary War and feel a part of the battles. Any reader that enjoys historical fiction, or just a great work of fiction in general would love this book. I highly recommend it, and look forward to reading more from author Geoff Baggett as soon as I possibly can!

James W. George

“Sir, resistance being in vain, to prevent the effusion of human blood, I make offers which never can be repeated: You are now almost encompassed by a corps of seven hundred light troops on horseback…”

“Brothers and Warriors” is Geoff Baggett’s debut novel. I’m really becoming a Geoff Baggett fan, and I love how he approaches his work. As a small-town pastor and historical reenactor, he brings a remarkable sense of authenticity and passion to his books. The fact that he is writing about family ancestors seems to enhance his devotion to his craft. As a historian/author who has focused exclusively on the American Revolution, his attention to detail is evident on every page.

This novel tells the tale of the Hamilton brothers. Superbly researched, it is grounded in the history of the villainous Banastare Tarleton’s Revolutionary War campaigns in the Carolinas. It is a tale of courage, brotherhood, and patriotism.

The dialogue is written in an “Appalachian” style: “John and I will set about repairin’ that busted fence.” The dialogue adds to the authenticity of the tale, and the book is rife with historical and cultural details. One example is the process of rolling cartridges, and the .54 caliber smooth-bore rifle. Another example is the preparation of hot corn cakes.

Additionally, the book covers in the series are absolutely beautiful, with “Brothers and Warriors” probably being the best of the series.

Bottom line, fans of meticulously researched, eighteenth century historical fiction need to have Geoff Baggett on their reading list. He is a dedicated craftsman, and this history lover appreciates his work.