BEN BRYAN, MORGAN RIFLEMAN by John Brick
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Following the taut excitement of Yankees on the Run and Tomahawk Trail, this historical adventure proves again the author's success as a vivid interpreter of Revolutionary times and the nature of the men who fought. When Captain Daniel Morgan's brave band of riflemen fall in an attempt to capture the city of Quebec, they are imprisoned in a massive stone fortress where plans of escape are conceived and abandoned until a feasible one evolves. Young Ben Bryan, a strapping frontier boy of 17 and a devoted member of the corps is the central figure in a plot that is soon discovered by the British. Apathy follows the fiasco until Ben is asked to perform his renowned feats of marksmanship for his captors and their ladies. Seizing on the relaxed atmosphere of the occasion, Ben breaks away, mounts a fast horse and escapes into the Canadian woods. Until he is finally reunited with General Arnold's battalion, he is forced to dodge Indians, heal his own wounds, and face the formidable task of survival in treacherous country. Young readers of historical fiction will appreciate the terse simplicity of style and the authentic foundation of background material.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1962
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce