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Kevin John Grote of La Plata, a former engineer at the naval base in Indian Head, has released his fourth historical novel, “1745”.
“1745,” the second in a planned series of four novels, The Jacobites, is set in the Western Isles of the Scottish Highlands during 1745 and 1746.
“1745” embodies a mix of deception, courage, betrayal and romanticism.
The fictional characters interact with authentic historical figures in actual events from the landscapes and battlefields of 18th-century Ireland, Scotland and England.
It follows Jamie Fawkes as he joins the cause of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who is making a desperate attempt to restore his family to the English crown.
The series spans from 1640 to 1758, from the English Civil War to the onset of the Jacobite Rebellion in the United Kingdom, then moves to North America for the French and Indian War.
Grote spent an inordinate amount of time on research, and the story line is compelling, according to a news release.
Grote’s writing style is authentic, humorous and, although sometimes abrupt, leaves the reader in suspense, the release stated.
Grote was born in 1951 in Latrobe, Pa.
His family moved to Southern Maryland in 1968.
He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 1973.
He served as an engineering officer in the Coast Guard on several cutters until 1980.
Following military service, he began work at the Naval Ordnance Station in Indian Head.
He was employed by the U.S. Navy until his retirement from federal service in 2007.
Grote holds a patent and has authored many technical papers on electronic design, software engineering and information systems.
Grote grew up in an area steeped in the French and Indian War. His series of novels is homage to that conflict and the struggles in the wilderness.
“Tyburn,” “Skye,” “Tally-Ho!” and “1745” are available on Amazon as eBooks for Kindle and Nook. Paperback versions of the novels are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.