"A stunning portrait of Revolutionary America..." - The Colonial Review
For fans of AMCs TURN, Jeff Shaara, or the Outlander series, this has it all. Spies. War. Political intrigue. Romance. It is 1776, Revolutionary War historical fiction at its finest.
A 2020 LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA LITERARY AWARD NOMINEE
NO. 12 OF THE TOP 100 INDIE BOOKS OF 2019
THE HERO... Nathaniel Marten, is a reluctant Patriot. Cries of Revolution have spread across the colonies to his home in Pennsylvania. He is son to a German gunsmith and an English mother. Friend to a soldier and the Shawnee. "Toward which of my friends and family would my rifle be pointing exactly?"
THE QUEST OF A LIFETIME... In a chance encounter with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Nathaniel instead takes on the task of carrying the sole copy of the Declaration of Independence to seven Congressmen whose signatures will truly unite the colonies.
THE RISKS... To ride. To sail. To survive. British generals and double-crossing spies are eager to capture both Nathaniel and the document so they can divide the thirteen colonies already weakened by war.
THE REALITIES... Through encounters with well-known original founding fathers and mothers, Nathaniel must learn that independence-for himself, for those he loves, and for the country-is not granted, it's chosen. By each and every one of us.
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"Vividly evokes what it was like to be in the trenches of the Revolutionary War in a way that few-if any-historians have done." - Marc Leepson, author of LAFAYETTE: IDEALIST GENERAL
"Allows us to temporarily live and breathe 1776 so deeply that we feel we have been the ones carrying independence for us all." - Kathleen Grissom, author of THE KITCHEN HOUSE
About the Author
Karen A. Chase is an award-winning author and photographer. Originally from Calgary, Canada, throughout her childhood Karen traveled through the United States in an R.V. with her family. Those journeys instilled a lifelong love of history, travel, and learning. She has lived in the United States since 1990 when she enrolled as a foreign-exchange student, studying advertising art in San Antonio, Texas. After more than ten years working for advertising agencies and design studios a professional graphic designer--a career that took her to Virginia--she launched her own branding and design studio, 224Design, in 2004. It continues today, with a focus on rebranding authors and companies. A long-standing member of James River Writers and the Virginia Historical Society, she is also a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Historical Novelist Society, the Women's Fiction Writers Association, and the American Revolutionary Round Table. She resides with her partner, Ted, in Richmond, Virginia.
"It is seldom we see women approaching fiction during a time period like the American Revolution, a time rife with bloody battles and political intrigue. Karen A. Chase has taken on the task with this first novel and handled it with the grace of an experienced storyteller and historian."
-- Beth Macy, New York Times Best selling author of Factory Man and Dopesick
"Believable characters, an engaging narrative, and a sense of historical reality... The best aspect for me, of course, is the presence of Shawnee people who are reasonable, thinking human beings."
-- Colin Calloway, National Book Award Finalist for The Indian World of George Washington, and Professor Native American Studies Dartmouth College
"Karen A. Chase's new novel tells the gripping story, based on historical fact, of the heroic efforts to keep the signed copy of the Declaration of Independence out of the hands of invading British forces. For anyone interested in the American Revolution and birth of our nation this is a compelling read."
-- James Horn, President & CO Jamestown Rediscovery Historic Jamestown and author of 1619
"Sometimes you can learn more about a war from a good novel than you can from a history book. That's what Karen A. Chase does in Carrying Independence. She vividly evokes what it was like to be in the trenches of the Revolutionary War in a way that few--if any--historians have done."
-- Marc Leepson, author of What So Proudly We Hailed, and Lafayette: The Idealist General