Set in 1740, this new historical novel offers an absorbing look at pre-Revolutionary War Connecticut from the perspective of Scottish Covenanter immigrants. Seventy-three year-old Malcolm M'Kethe is the family patriarch, who, since the death of his son, has become a priceless spiritual leader to his daughter-in-law and her three children. Ian, the oldest son, is in his early teens and finds that stepping into man-size chores is not his only struggle. Due to political unrest between the Colonists and the French with their Indian allies, Ian is faced with two decisions. What is God's will in this conflict; does He condone killing in these circumstances? And can he can trust the friendship of the supposedly converted Christian Watookoog?
As is characteristic of other Douglas Bond books, Guns of Thunder weaves together fictional characters and historical figures. In this novel, readers are not only introduced to familiar military men, but also to such notable preachers as George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards. If you would like to expose your child to Biblically-sound historical fiction, Guns of Thunder is an excellent choice. Enthusiasts of Bond's previous series, Crown & Covenant, will be happy to discover that the godliness that characterized this family line has successfully been imparted from generation to generation and across the ocean.