The Rule of Ranging 1 by Mr. Timothy M. Kestrel
Eclipse of the Midnight Sun (Volume 1)

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Even those waging the fiercest battles just hew to hard fast rules that separate the soldier from the savage. And when a man’s home is destroyed beyond restoration, it’s up to him alone to forge a code and carve a new place to live in peace. The Rule of Ranging 1: Eclipse of the Midnight Sun is the epic action-adventure drama by Timothy M. Kestrel that follows the fearless Finn on a journey paved with bloodthirsty aggressors, mysterious women, and the rough terrain of a fledgling America. Both grave and uplifting, it’s an absorbing flight of fancy and derring-do. Set in the eighteen century, Kestrel’s story is a work of historic fiction that relives the most perilous days of the French & Indian War. The story begins in Finland, just as a young boy named Finn witnesses the complete annihilation of his home village, as well as the brutal killing of his family by marauding Russians. He barely manages to escape, chased by a merciless Hessian mercenary, Johan Kopf, nicknamed Totenkopf. Following his dying mother's wish to find a mysterious woman named Columbia, Finn's course takes him across the Atlantic. He befriends a slave, Gus, and buys his freedom. On their travels in this brave new world called America, the two make their way through the majestic Hudson Valley in New York, and soon encounter Marcus Fronto, a curious vagrant and philosophical mentor; Daniel Nimham, a fierce Wappinger chief and warrior; and beautiful Catherina Brett. They join forces with Robert Rogers Rangers, and fight against the French at Fort Edward, New York, during the Hudson River campaign in the 1750s. Action-packed and rigorously researched, the story offers a rare vantage of a crucial time in this country’s coming of age that is at once funny, heartbreaking, illuminating, and thrilling. Mining the depths of love, freedom, greed, and loyalty, it’s a page-turning, heart-pounding read that is at once scholarly and scintillating – steeped in history with a death-defying hero for the ages.

About Mr. Timothy M. Kestrel

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Timothy M. Kestrel is a Finnish American author, linguist, and translator whose literary work includes translations of the graphic novels Judge Dredd and The Dirty Pair. Previously, he had a twenty-year career in information technology and security services as a senior systems management consultant. In addition, he served with the US Army Rangers, and he is still active in the Ranger community. Patrick Joyce is Emeritus Professor of History, University of Manchester. He is a leading British social historian and has written and edited numerous books of social and political history, including Visions of the People (Cambridge University Press, 1991), The Oxford Reader on Class (1995), The Rule of Freedom (2003) and Material Powers (2010).
Published November 22, 2012 by Timothy Kestrel Arts & Media. 380 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Kestrel's debut historical novel follows young Finn from his Scandinavian homeland to the ranks of the Rangers in the new America.

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