The War of 1812 a novel
by Dennis Byrne
Ensign Will Quinn's head ached with anger and guilt. He was being rescued---along with two women---by an Indian. Why wasn't he fighting and dying with his comrades on the beach? He would have turned back but for the strong arms of Black Partridge. 'Do not draw more attention,' the chief hissed. 'You endanger all our lives.'
It was the War of 1812, America's second war for independence. Will Quinn and his adopted country were literally fighting for their lives. The United States had foolishly declared war on Great Britain, the world's mightiest nation, and invaded its colony, Canada. And America was losing. Now the course of American history was in the hands of men like Quinn and the incompetent, cowardly, and hubristic U.S. civilian and senior Army command. Could the young republic---freedom's beacon for all the world---survive?
Young Sally Martin, whom Quinn has grown to love, keeps tabs on the war and Quinn while working as Dolley Madison's assistant at the White House. With her insider knowledge, Sally grows increasingly worried for Quinn's safety. Having been through her fair share of pain and loss---witnessing her family's brutal murder---Sally wonders if this relationship is worth another possible loss.
Can Quinn and Sally's relationship survive the Madness of the War of 1812?
'It is one thing to brush history's dust from the past but quite another to bring the past back in vibrant detail. Dennis Byrne has done that and more in Madness: The War of 1812, offering a compelling cast of characters in an action-packed tale. Grounded solidly in deep historical research and understanding, this is a remarkable accomplishment that makes terrific reading.'
---Rick Kogan, WGN Radio Talk Show Host and Chicago Tribune writer
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