A story, not just of historic battles that inspire one’s nationalism, but one with human characters, “warts and all”, that he uses to portray the spirit of the times, down to its social moralities
STOCKHOLM, N.J. (PRWEB) October 24, 2014
The more things change – the more they stay the same. It has been 200 years since the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, but the spirit of what was done at that time lives on to the present. “Gave Proof through the Night” (published by Xlibris) is the third book in James A. Wynne’s series of historical fiction novels. In it, he weaves around the central theme of America’s reaffirmation to remain free from the ties of the former mother country, England.
In Baltimore, Md. during the final year of the War of 1812, Mary Pickersgill is commissioned by Major George Armistead to make a garrison flag over Fort McHenry that is “thirty feet by forty-two feet”, remembered in history as “The Star-Spangled Banner”. At the same time, in the small hamlet of Upper Marlboro, three friends set out on adventures of their own. Liam O’Connor, Nathaniel Atkinson, and Malcolm Dalrymple work to free their friend, the elderly Dr. William Beanes, who has been imprisoned by the British for espionage. This sets off a chain of events that ensnares them into the war. They will interact with some of the more colorful historic figures of the time, including the lawyer and amateur poet who penned the words that later became the national anthem — Francis Scott Key.
In writing his novel, Wynne would like to inspire in readers, “a greater appreciation for the struggles fought so many years ago.” He tells a story, not just of historic battles that inspire one’s nationalism, but one with human characters, “warts and all”, that he uses to portray the spirit of the times, down to its social moralities.
“Gave Proof through the Night”
By James A. Wynne
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 448 pages | ISBN 9781499052299
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 448 pages | ISBN 9781499052305
E-Book | 448 pages | ISBN 9781499052282
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
“Gave Proof through the Night” is the third historical fiction by author, James A. Wynne. The first installment in this series of novels, “The Benefactor,” was released in 2011. A second historical fiction — “Sunrise at Seminary Ridge” — which pits a young Amish farm boy against his family values while, at the same time, facing down both the Union and Confederate armies at the Battle of Gettysburg, was released this past Spring. Wynne has also collaborated with his son, Jason, a San Francisco 3D artist, to write a moralistic tale based upon his son’s collection of original portraits, called “Civilized Animals.” A vocal music teacher in the New Jersey Public Schools for 41 years, Wynne is also a church organist, choir director, arranger, composer and playwright.
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