PHANTOM FORTRESS by Bruce Lancaster
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Lancaster is rounding out another phase of the American Revolution, this time with one of the most romantic figures as central character, Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, and the extraordinary partisan campaign waged against the Tories and British-led troops. A colorful phase of American history, of which Lancaster has taken full advantage, as he did with his Civil War stories (No Bugles Tonight and The Scarlet Patch) -- no adventure, no incident could be more exciting than history itself affords. Against this Robin Hood phase of the campaign in the Carolinas (where the British won all the battles and lost all the campaigns), is told the story of a young American officer, veteran of Long Island, of New Jersey, of Valley Forge, escaped from a Southern prison, and of his rather painful conversion to the utterly unorthodox methods by which the brilliantly gifted Marion achieved his goals. And a thread of romance is woven into the story by the introduction of a girl, part French, part Dutch, refugee from race riots in the island which was her home. Guarded- presumably- by the convoy in which young Ross is riding, she eventually becomes a part of the slunder chain by which Marion's messages are carried, a secret agent of the rebels right under the nose of her double dealing French uncle and guardian. Adventure-cum- love story, this makes extraordinarily good reading in a first rate, fast moving story, with no modern emotional complications- a clean yarn, with a good chance for a plus teen age sale.

Pub Date: March 2nd, 1950
Publisher: Little, Brown- A.M.P