A Life for Liberty

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The American Revolution’s most dashing hero was born 258 years ago today; ironically, he’s less known for his life than for his death at the age of 21. But Nathan Hale spit in Leviathan’s eye a couple of times before the most powerful empire of the day hanged him for espionage against it. Yep, then as now, politicians and bureaucrats expect to spy on taxpayers but wax murderous when we turn the tables.

My novel, Halestorm, describes Nathan’s thrilling adventures and the mission for which the State executed him. It also exonerates him by revealing that he never delivered the nationalistic line attributed to him: “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

I’m currently working on a sort of sequel to Halestorm – no mean feat since I had to kill off its main character in accordance with history! I hope to publish this second novel in the fall.

Raise a glass with me to Nathan’s memory this day and savor a life given for liberty in Halestorm.

9:58 am on June 6, 2013