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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Loyalties
  • Series Number:2
  • Pages:269
  • eBook ISBN:9781543967241

The Cautious Siege

A Novel of the American Revolution

by S. D. Banks

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In the tradition of the best historical fiction, The Cautious Siege takes readers on an adventure-filled journey that resounds with military achievement, conflict between revenge and justice, and the quest for love, belonging, and peace. It is the winter of 1775-76 and, returning from Transcendent Loyalties, Daniel Garrett, Anna Somerset, and Drummond Fisackerly are locked in the tension and wretchedness that are the Siege of Boston. Surrounded by General Washington's motley army, Boston suffers under the life-threatening grip of smallpox, dysentery, and privation. Across the Back Bay in Washington's camp, conditions are only nominally better. It is a complex, tinderbox situation, destined for violent explosion. The question is, who will control the manner of that explosion and how? Knowing that survival of America's tenuous bid for self-determination rests on this moment, General Washington boldly chooses to pursue a risky gambit for gaining the upper hand. For Daniel, Anna, and Drum, the endeavor will be fraught with danger and personal trials that will test their courage and commitment to the fullest. For them, it is not just the survival of the rebellion that is at stake—it is their very lives and futures.
Against the backdrop of the Siege of Boston, The Cautious Siege is a sweeping tale of adventure, triumph and tragedy, friendship and love. Returning from Transcendent Loyalties, Anna Somerset, Daniel Garrett, and Drummond Fisackerly continue to navigate through the turbulence of a rebellion that is fast becoming a revolution. It is late 1775, and newly appointed General George Washington is laying siege to Boston. In addition to the difficult task of keeping the British bottled up in the city—and, hopefully, driving them out of the colonies altogether—Washington must find a way to shape myriad and disparate militia units into a functioning Continental Army. To successfully tighten the noose on the British, Washington needs artillery. His only hope, a stockpile of artillery pieces at recently captured Fort Ticonderoga, is a slim hope; hundreds of miles of obstacles stand between the distant fort and the Continental Army at Boston. When a brilliant young bookseller named Henry Knox devises a scheme for retrieving the guns, Drum—with his phenomenal size and strength—is an obvious choice for Knox's team and, against Daniel's objections, becomes a willing part of the mission. Another of Washington's most valuable officers, Nathaniel Greene, has other plans for Daniel. Raiders masquerading as militiamen have been terrorizing local farms, and Washington wants it stopped. Greene sees in Daniel—whose somewhat nefarious reputation has followed him like a shadow into Washington's camp—as the perfect man for the job. Daniel's search takes a perilous turn, however, when a murder committed by one of the gang members has a young boy as its sole witness. Now Daniel must keep the boy safe and find the killer before he strikes again. Within besieged Boston, Anna is dealing with far more personal battles. Countless loyalists have sought out British protection inside the city, and Anna's uncle has opened his house to one such refugee family. In coping with the crowded living conditions and more mouths to feed, Anna must find a way through the severe food shortages that plague the city—along with a rampaging smallpox epidemic. From every side, Anna, Daniel, and Drum are as besieged as the town of Boston. To not only survive, but thrive, they will need the hope of love, the strength of friendship, and the courage to be found within each of their hearts.
About the author
S. D. Banks lives and works in Austin, TX. She may be contacted at: [email protected] Visit her website:

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