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By Deseret Book Press Release

The Hand of Providence

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Continuing his popular fictional Revolutionary War series, Ron Carter reimagines the Battle of Saratoga in THE HAND OF PROVIDENCE (Bookcraft/October 2000/$22.95.) An event that historians believe changed the history of the world, the Batle of Saratoga is brought to vivid life by Carter's winning blend of deftly drawn characters, enthralling adventure, and riveting historical details.

THE HAND OF PROVIDENCE reflects the trials and triumphs of war through the eyes of two brave American heroes, Billy and Eli, who give conflict a human dimension. Here we see the brilliant strategies and cunning tricks of men in both armies -- from General Arthur St. Clair, to General Benedict Arnold, to British General John Burgoyne -- and we learn fascinating facts about the customs of the Iroquois tribes who fought in the Revolution. THE HAND OF PROVIDENCE further illuminates the action with background notes for every chapter, as well as maps and illustrations.

Following America's magnificent victories at Trenton and Princeton, King George III orders General Burgoyne and a large army to move south from Canada to take Fort Ticonderoga and isolate the New England states. In this and other battles throughout THE HAND OF PROVIDENCE, Ron Carter's meticulous research comes to life, as he takes us to the front lines, where we learn the strategies of war: "There are three ways to take a fort such as Ticonderoga," General Burgoyne says, "tunnel underneath and set mines, breach the walls with heavy artillery, or place it under siege."

One of Carter's most skillfully etched characters, British General John Burgoyne is an enigma: a playwright and ladies' man who is also coldly calculating. Opposing Burgoyne is American General Arthur St. Clair, a brilliant, unpredictable force. Burgoyne takes Fort Ticonderoga in a masterful mission, but he is unprepared for the American retaliation. Now the stage is set for the pivotal battle of Saratoga, where the American and British armies fight brutally, and the Americans -- with less than half the army of the British -- stun the world by defeating Burgoyne, crediting their victory to "the Hand of Providence."

Offering a warm contrast to war, THE HAND OF PROVIDENCE also follows the struggles of loved ones left behind: a beautiful widow searching for a new life with an old friend, devoted mothers praying for the return of their sons, a young American woman suffering over her love for a British captain. Here Carter weaves his narrative with high emotion, portraying the pain of separation that is inevitable in wartime.

This sweeping saga will stir the imagination and even touch the hearts of readers of all ages, offering colorful characters and breathtaking action at every turn. An extraordinary portrayal of one of the most influential events in American history, THE HAND OF PROVIDENCE is a tale that will be treasured for years to come.

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About the Author

Ron Carter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and attended law school at George Washington University and the University of Utah. He practiced law for 25 years concluding his legal career with seven years in research and writing for judges in the Los Angeles County court system. He also served one term as a State Senator in the Idaho legislature. He is the author of fourteen books, including "The Youngest Drover," a title that was placed on the ALA "Booklist," and authorized by the California State Department of Education for use in teaching high school history courses. His other works include mysteries and humor for children, young adults, and adults. He is married to LaRae Dunn Carter, and they have nine children and twenty-three grandchildren. Ron Carter lives in Park City, Utah.


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