“All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.”
Samuel Adams – Patriot, Revolutionary, and Signer of the United States Declaration of Independence
You may as well go ahead, move to the edge of your seat, and just stay there until you finish the book. It’s that moving, and that gripping!
The good news is, it’s a short story, so you won’t have to sit that way for hours.
Daron D. Fraley has done it again, weaving together those fascinating fibres of fact, fiction, past, present, the what if?, and the supernatural, to bring about this fantastic story of a boy, forced to be a man, much too soon.
There are evil people in this world. There are cowards and bullies who prey on those weaker than they are, at any given opportunity, be it in a legal or illegal fashion. And then there are those who are driven by a higher calling, a higher purpose.
Most of us have heard of those sort of people. They were folks like Harriet Tubman, Marcel Marceau, the Rev. Corey ten Boom, Francita Alavez (the angel of Goliad), and the first responders at Ground Zero on 9/11.
The sort of people who step up, determined to help another, even at great personal cost.
In Son of Liberty Mr. Fraley gives us an unlikely hero, in age, stature, and background. But sometimes, when despair is as thick as the smoke from a burning city, and the only thing one has left is a prayer, erupting from a broken heart and whispered through cracked lips, now and then a hero emerges from the fire.
Meet Alexander Martinez …
He’s barely old enough to shave. He has little experience in weaponry and self-defense. He’s been shifted around most of his life, dragged from place to place, unloved, uncared for, and pretty much living hand to mouth. But for Alexander, there was a pot of gold in the eye of the storm.
He had just enough time to learn how to shoot a gun, catch a fish, read a map and build a fire. Just enough time to learn he’s very lovable, that it’s okay to love back, and to realize he was worth more than he could have ever imagined, all along. There was just enough time to become real friends with good people. People of good caliber, with a good purpose. People he could trust with his life, that could trust him with theirs.
Time and attention had never been wasted on Alexander. Alexander is one of those special folks who can maximize on little, turning it into much.
It was just enough to sustain him when the eye moved on, and the storm unleashed itself again on his life, and the lives of many others, with a whole new fury. An estimation of survival has gone from the consideration of decades and old age, to weeks and days, if not minutes and moments.
No one saw it coming … or did they?
“A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.”
Jesus Christ, quoted in Matthew 13:57 KJV (Cambridge Ed.)
People were warned, but didn’t want to listen. It was easier to ignore and pretend that what they didn’t see, and wouldn’t acknowledge, couldn’t hurt them. They chose to rewrite reality in a way that made it sound great and felt good to live with it.
In a perfect world it might have worked, but our world is far from perfect. It’s a world full of wolves and sheep, and all shepherds can’t be trusted to have a flock’s best interest in mind. The price for being a sheep can be steep. Being a sheep might cost you more than getting fleeced. It might cost being served up as a mutton roast, or lamb chops, when the trusted shepherd invites the wolves to dinner; when he suddenly takes off his shepherd’s costume revealing he’s been a wolf all along.
There was just enough time to teach Alexander to not be a sheep.
He’s a survivor and an optimist. When it breaks his heart to lift his chin and keep going, he does it anyway. And like those who found him as a diamond in the rough, caring for him in the eye of the storm, Alexander is about to find his own diamonds. The question is, how much love and blood will it take to pay the price, to render the same protection that was given to him?
Find out in Son of Liberty! It’s a small story containing an epic adventure, that you just can’t buy fast enough! It’s is sure to be a hit with readers from young adults to the old and wise.
More information on the book and where to purchase it, as well as the author, speculative fiction writer Daron D. Fraley, is available on the author’s website at http://www.daronfraley.com.
I love it when authors keep their work affordable. Mr. Fraley has done that, so you can at least feel like you’ve splurged! Plan on a great return on your investment because Mr. Fraley’s work will give you far more than you bargained for. His books also make excellent gifts for family and friends who love to read!