Welcome to the website of Becky Akers and her two novels of the American Revolution:

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Halestorm presents the true—well, mostly true; OK, partially true—story of Nathan Hale, the 21-year-old spy who hanged after regretting he had but one life to give for his country. Forced to choose between honor and love, Nathan’s decision determines not only his own fate but that of a new nation.


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Was he America’s most infamous traitor—or a glorious hero? When General Benedict Arnold flees to British lines after his attempted treason, Americans plot to kidnap him for trial and execution. They recruit Arnold’s relative, an enterprising lady and devout Patriot, to coordinate this daring scheme. But then she discovers an explosive secret binding her fate and that of the new country to his…

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    • Thanks for your interest in Abducting Arnold, Jay. Anyone who wants a copy of the novel in e-pub format should email me directly at libertatem[at]aol.com. Or you can post a comment here indicating you’d like a copy, which automatically generates an email to me.
      Thanks again!

  1. Ms. Akers: I recently finished reading Halestorm. Found it rather enjoyable. That is until I read the author’s note!

    I cannot stand idly by and allow you to characterise John Adams as a “pompous twit” without comment! First of all, you aren’t worthy of holding John Adams’ pantaloons, let alone passing judgement on him! For someone like you to judge John Adams is in fact a good definition of pomposity! As for “twit,” is that an academic term? Maybe that would be better applied to you as well!

    Without John Adams, there would have been no revolution! We PROBABLY wouldn’t still be under the rule of Great Briton, but it’s a possibility.

    You would seem to be one of those who believe that we should have stuck to the Articles of Confederation instead of adopting the Constitution. Had that happened, we might be part of greater Germany because a fractious group of nation States would NOT have been able to pull together to win WWII.

    Finally, the implication that a deacon, in those days, couldn’t have participated in a tryst fails to recognise human nature and puts WAY too much belief in the purity of past times.

    Wake up.

    • It’s quite all right that you disagree with me on John Adams: I certainly don’t demand total approval from readers. And I was gratified to hear that you enjoyed Halestorm nonetheless.

      Adams also appears several times in my second novel–the free preview on Amazon might even encompass the first of those mentions. I’d be curious to hear your opinion of his portrayal in Abducting Arnold.

      My “implication that a deacon, in those days, couldn’t have participated in a tryst” was actually my admission that I invented that scene to serve my plot. When I read historical novels, I’m always curious about what’s factual and what the author added; I try to clarify that in my own work for anyone like me who wonders. Then, too, I sullied Deacon Hale’s name and hoped to clear it. Whether or not you agree that “in America, it has been claimed that illegitimate births during colonial times were relatively rare,” as the Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society puts it, infidelity then was horribly shameful, and my attributing such wickedness to the Deacon would have grossly offended him. His personality, so far as we can know it after 250 years, also argues against his adultery. Just as none of us doubts that Bill Clinton cheats on his wife, so we also know men of principle who would never even contemplate doing so. The Deacon falls into that latter category.

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