Rape, murder, disguise, deception — the opening pages of Robert Morgan's new novel, Brave Enemies, have all the elements of a modern-day thriller. But this gripping story actually takes place during the American Revolution, an era when neighbor suspected neighbor and the "wrong" sympathies, whether actual or perceived, could deliver your neck to a noose in short order.
Running for her life from dire circumstances at home, 16-year-old Josie Summers cuts her hair, dresses in men's clothing and leaves behind the small world of her family farm in the Carolinas. Rushing headlong into a wider world with grave dangers, Josie eventually finds herself in the midst of the crucial Battle of Cowpens.
"I first heard about the Battle of Cowpens from my father," Morgan says, explaining how the initial seed for the novel was planted years before it grew to fruition. "He was a great storyteller, and I was, of course, intensely interested in the Revolutionary battles fought in the South, being a North Carolina native. And this battle, one in which a smaller, less equipped force defeats a larger one, was fascinating in technical terms."
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