Partisans and Refugees

Patriots of the American Revolution Series - Book Two

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
400 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2017
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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 Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Wow, wow, wow! That's exactly what I thought when I finished reading the excellent new book by author Geoff Baggett, Partisans and Refugees: Patriots of the American Revolution Series, Volume 2. This book absolutely grabbed me from the very first pages and kept me obsessively reading all the way through until the very end. Taking place in Colonial Virginia in 1774, the story follows Robert Hammock, a man with a restless spirit and a desire for adventure. Robert and his wife Milly move their family to the wilds of Georgia and find that living on the frontier suits them quite well. That is, until the Revolutionary War invades their frontier and separates the family; Robert and his faithful slave Frank staying in Georgia to fight against the British and Milly and the children fleeing to the mountains of Tennessee. Will the family ever be reunited?You'll need to read this excellent book to find out!

I loved Partisans and Refugees: Patriots of the American Revolution Series, Volume 2. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's absolutely how I felt about this wonderful book by Geoff Baggett. The author has done an excellent job in creating characters that his reader will relate to, connect with and truly come to care about. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. His scene setting abilities are simply second to none; readers will feel as if they have simply slipped through the pages and into Revolutionary War era America. Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, or who is just looking for a great read of fiction in general should absolutely read this book. I am so pleased to be able to highly recommend Partisans and Refugees: Patriots of the American Revolution Series, Volume 2 and I look forward to reading more from the very talented author, Geoff Baggett, as soon as I possibly can!

Benjamin Ookami

Partisans and Refugees, the second book of Geoff Baggett's Patriots of the American Revolution Series, is set in the late 1700s. Before the birth of the United States of America and before one Robert Hammock and his family became part of a large number of partisans and refugees on their way to the safety of the Watauga Settlements, they had traveled with a wagon from Virginia to a new life on the Georgia frontier. In the coming years since Robert and his family left Virginia, the Declaration of Independence had been made, the British began coaxing Cherokees to join them in the coming war, and alarming news of raids had reached their ears. They cleverly fortified themselves in their new home, but will their efforts be enough to keep them alive?

I loved the military strategies and Geoff Baggett's many illustrations of true bravery. The central characters like Robert, his wife, and his three oldest sons were easy to connect with. One of Robert's oldest sons is actually an African slave named Frank. Frank's role in this novel is probably the most important since he is bound to display exceptional battle skills as a "gallant soldier" in the kismet war against King George's forces. Milly, Robert's wife, is ever the lovable and true-to-her-ways character. Don't you put your hands in her food without washing your hands first! In writing this story, the author succeeded in bringing patriots like Robert Hammock II (1737 - 1799) to life. It's an on-key novel about patriotism.

Joel R. Dennstedt

Having reviewed Geoff Baggett’s first novel in a series, Brothers and Warriors, I am well aware of this fine author’s major writing skills, storytelling mastery, and historical expertise. In his new book, Partisans and Refugees, he wastes not one second reaffirming each incredible credential, as one finds himself in pre-revolutionary America just before the war for independence, engaged with friends and neighbors of a different era, with a more genteel nature if you will, at least in courtesy and manners, though certainly no less spirited of mind or adventurous of act than Americans yet to come. For those inclined toward alternative historical perspectives, one must understand that Baggett’s novel is an unerringly and precisely accurate telling according to the colonial history of this land, with no apologies necessary for his choice. Baggett does not disparage a different perspective, but he is absolutely faithful to the facts of his.

And so Robert Hammock and family begin a long trek down the King’s Highway from Virginia into Georgia to claim some recently ceded Indian land. Largely due to his personal qualities of character, he is assigned some of the best land to be had: fertile, luxuriant, idyllic, and beautiful. With the hardworking ethics of their forebears, the Hammock family and friends create a most productive farmland and supportive homestead. But war soon comes upon them, initially with an uprising of local Indians prodded by British military forces into a deeply invasive and violent attack. The nature of the war in the deep South provides an unusual and fascinating plot line. Like inclement weather, the war sweeps the family up, then lets it be, then sweeps it up again, calling on every member and every colonial skill they possess to survive, if not always to prosper. A thrilling book in every detail.