An American Tale of Freedom’s Promise by Patrick McFadden is a “historical fiction novel about the struggle for American Liberty from the British Empire, covering the early years of the Revolutionary War surrounding the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The early war provides background, yet the true conflict is between a diverse set of spies, all Americans, but whose loyalties are split between the British and American causes.

The cover of An American Tale of Freedom's Promise features a painting of a group of revolutionary war soldiers charging into battle.

What do you write?

My first book is a historical fiction covering the early years of the Revolutionary War, utilizing an interesting, and often true story, that will hopefully help young Americans learn and remember what actually took place between 1775 and 1778. This historical fiction story will likely be the first in an extended series. I am also working on outlines of other historical fiction stories, European and American. Historical fantasy and science fiction works are future possibilities as well, and I have started outlines in both genres.

Who do you write it for?

Again, I really hope to help educate teens and young adults about the rich history in our region, and the story is a solid chronological history of the early American Revolution that may be educational to the wider American reader.

Historical map of Fort Mercer from An American Tale of Freedom's Promise

Where are you located?

I am living in and writing from Bucks County, where much of the story is placed.

When did you start writing?

This is my first book, begun in Spring 2020.

What inspired you to write this?

One of the inspirations for the book are the journals of Captain Johann von Ewald, published in 1979, Yale University Press. Reading first person accounts provides a perspective unvarnished by the sentiments of modern scholars, authors and historians. As mentioned below, the contrast of the accounts by Captain Ewald and John Graves Simcoe, as well as their respective conduct during the war, is enlightening.

I hope my story helps students realize that neighbors opposed each other in many instances, but that this is a human story, and that there were displays of both civility and atrocity during the war by both sides.  Johann von Ewald and John Graves Simcoe are a contrast in this regard. Like the art works of William Ranney, I hope readers will get some sense of the common person’s life during the 18th century, and that there was something worth fighting for. Life expectancy was low, as 50% of children were not likely to survive or foster productive families, but those that did survive had a good chance of living a life that few common born people, worldwide, would enjoy.

And the characters in this story have lives that will go on. Hopefully, that means more books in this series, as they seek out a piece of the American dream.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

An additional point, I hope the book imparts the concept that the American Revolution, as exemplified by the 2nd Continental Congress, wasn’t just about successful middle aged white men. Much of the fighting was done by boys and men in their teens and twenties. The American population was very young, like many revolutionary movements in history.

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