Historical Mystery Thriller
In the bloodiest conflict of a forgotten war, a man branded a coward seeks redemption by uncovering the truth about his best friend's death. His mission unmasks a conspiracy of betrayal and corruption that will cost the lives of thousands and shake America to the core.
About The Book
From an author with impeccable credentials as a writer with an authoritative background Hemp is a mystery thriller set in a unique time and place. It is 1901, America has become a superpower and is embroiled in its first southeast Asian conflict.
An Irish-American Infantry Major, Jack Barratt, a veteran of Cuba, the Philippine-American War and the Boxer Revolt, carries a burden of shame for an apparent act of cowardice in China. When his best friend, Rolly Leversham, is killed in a battle in the town of Matigan on the war-torn island of Samar, he is blackmailed by Leversham's powerful mother to investigate. She has information that will remove the stain from Barratt's reputation - if he can find the truth about her son's death.
Barratt recruits an odd team to help him in his mission: Genady Prickel, a Pinkerton's detective who wants to make a name for himself, London-born Corporal Ernie McInrey, a drayman escaping the union-busting activities of brewery owners in San Francisco, and George Brown, an Afro-American author of successful penny-dreadfuls written behind a 'white' psuedonym.
In Samar, a British trader, Jerome Hoggitt, holds the key that Barratt needs. Believed to be in league with the Filipino independence forces on the island, he has the secret of a towering conspiracy, one that is worth killing for, and may be worth dying for to conceal. His antagonist is Captain Glendoort, a Military Information Department officer who will stop at nothing, even torture, to get what he wants and to hide evidence of the conspiracy.
As the truth unfolds amid the bloody conflict on Samar both Barratt and Hoggitt find their lives in the hands of Patria Duran, a Samarena who has already killed two American soldiers, and the formidable and committed General Vicente Lukban who is continuing the fight for independence against all odds.
At stake in this close-played game are the lived of thousands of islanders...
And the Presidency of the United States.
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"Private George Voigt of Company E, 9th United States Infantry had been on Samar for just two weeks so he was only scared at 3am on the morning of August 23, 1901. Another few weeks and he'd know well enough to be very scared "
A Price For Redemption
"As the buggy raced from the valley of the chapel through the tangle of woodland, Barratt felt no need to question Prickel about his client. A man who pays a thousand dollars has a right to lead the recipient a merry dance and Barratt felt no qualms at all about dancing for that kind of money if that's what Judge Leversham wanted."
The man with the large red hole between his eyes and the better part of his brain painting the rich, varnished and ornately carved molave panels of Jerome Hoggitt's bedroom was not a local man. He was no longer in a condition to explain either his origins or his presence in the British trader's house. With irritating punctilio, Doctor Felipe Ordoņez put a hand to the man's neck, felt his jugular, then tested for a non-existent pulse. Finally, just to make sure, he struck a match and held it close to the man's open, dead, surprised eyes, stood up and pronounced:
"He is dead."
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