Submarines, Secrets, and A Daring Rescue by Robert J Skead
A Revolutionary War action-thriller filled with spies and heroes, targeted to boys and girls 8-12.
In this second book in the American Revolutionary War Adventure series, twins Ambrose and John Clark find themselves volunteering for another mission to help the newly forming United States of America. Inspired by their success in delivering a secret message to General George Washington himself, the boys step up to help transport much-needed gunpowder to the patriots and end up in an even more dangerous situation, manning one of the first submarines and then, later, attempting a prison break to rescue their older brother, Berty.
Written by Robert Skead with the help of his father, the main character is based on their ancestor who fought in the American Revolution as part of the Connecticut militia. Though historical fiction, the events that occurred with George Washington in New Jersey regarding the war effort are true.
Robert J. Skead grew up in Wycoff, N.J. doing what most boys do, playing ball and watching TV. In school he excelled at Creative Writing. But his writing career didn't begin til later in life. He is excited that he and his dad wrote this book together, his father being his biggest fan. He also runs a basketball league for kids in his area and coaches his kids' sports teams.
I was blessed with this book through the booklook bloggers group in exchange for my honest review. My Thoughts: This is book about two brothers during the early years of our country's birth. It's number two in this series by Robert J. Skead, but can easily be read as a stand alone. In the first book, the boys are on a mission for their father to deliver a message to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. In this book, the story continues. My son (age 10) couldn't decide if he liked book one or book two better. He said book two was a little slower in getting to the actual mission but he enjoyed it none the less. The book is full of mystery and adventure. There were various parts of the story where he had to keep reading because the suspense was so great that he couldn't wait to see what would happen next. My son said: "If you are into explosions, this is the book for you." One interesting aspect of this book is that it is based on one of the author's ancestors, who fought in the actual war. The events are also true to history, although fictional characters are used.