Brave Enemies by Robert Morgan
A Novel of the American Revolution (Shannon Ravenel Books)

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As the War for Independence wore on into the 1780s, unrest ruled the Carolinas. Settlers who had cleared the land after the Cherokees withdrew were being mustered for battle as British forces pillaged their hard-won farms. Robert Morgan's stunning novel tells a story of two people caught in the chaos raging in the wilderness.

After sixteen-year-old Josie Summers murders her abusive stepfather, she runs away from home disguised as a boy. Lost in the woods, she accepts a young preacher's invitation to assist in his itinerant ministry. Eventually her identity is revealed and affection grows between the two. But when the preacher is kidnapped by British soldiers, Josie disguises herself once again and joins the militia in a desperate attempt to find him.

Brave Enemies is a page-turning story of people brought together by chance and torn apart by war—a story of enduring love and of the struggle to build a homeland.

About Robert Morgan

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ROBERT MORGAN is the author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, most notably his novel "Gap Creek" and his biography of Daniel Boone, both of which were national bestsellers. A professor at Cornell University since 1971 and visiting writer-in-residence at half a dozen universities, his awards include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010. Find him online at
Published October 16, 2007 by A Shannon Ravenel Book. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fooled by the disguise, Trethman is happy to have such a bright lad to assist in the services, but their travel from church to church has led the King’s forces to suspect the minister of espionage, and the couple begin to receive warnings from the edgy settlers.

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Morgan's portrayal of the savagery of the Southern war is graphic and shocking, making the love between Josie and John all the more tender and passionate.

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With a plot that tears through the Carolina underbrush like a spooked rabbit, Morgan's novel of the American Revolution traces the gender-switching drama of Josie Summers, a pioneer girl reared in the same hardscrabble landscape of his 1999 best-seller, ''Gap Creek.'' At 16, Josie flees unspe...

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