THE VOICE, THE REVOLUTION & THE KEY
(Book One of the five book Epic Revolutionary Saga)
One voice rallied a nation to Independence with
seven little words:
"Give me liberty, or give me death!"
The Order of the Seven must help birth one nation under God by entering the lives of a unique generation of children chosen to become the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Liz is given the assignment of helping Patrick Henry become the Voice of the Revolution, setting the entire war in motion. If Max can't protect George Washington in the French and Indian War, the patriots will lose the Sword of the Revolution to lead them. Nigel must ensure that Benjamin Franklin's kite-flying efforts succeed to turn the key to unlock American Independence, and Al must gather intelligence right under the nose of King George III. Victory will be impossible without powerful ally France joining the fight, led by its patriotic son, the Marquis de Lafayette. But will Kate be able to protect the young Marquis? The fight for liberty will be costly, with an Enemy determined to give the patriots the other outcome—death. (605 pages)
Before they were Founding Fathers, they were Founding Children.
The Epic Revolutionary Saga
Book one: The Voice, the Revolution, and the Key (2017) 1743-March 1775: covers events from the year 1743 up through the eve of the Revolution in March 1775.
Book two: The Declaration, the Sword, and the Spy (2020) March 1775-July 1776: covers events from Lexington and Concord through the Declaration of Independence.
Book three: The Marquis, the Escape, and the Forge (2021) August 1776-June 1778: covers events from the Battle of New York with the arrival of British forces through Valley Forge, including the Marquis de Lafayette's arrival from France.
Book four: The Blood, the Turn and the Prize (2023) June 1778-October 1781: covers the end of the northern campaign and the southern campaign through Victory at Yorktown.
Book five: The Rise, the Fall and the Jewel (2025) October 1781-1865): covers the rise of the United States of America and the formation of the government through the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Concludes the Revolutionary Saga into the nineteenth century with liberty and justice for all.
Jenny with Richard Schumann (Patrick Henry)
Jenny has been researching Patrick Henry, the Marquis de Lafayette, Banastre Tarleton, and the Revolutionary War since 2007! She is passionate about this crucial period of history, and about her favorite Founding Father, Patrick Henry. Her heart's desire is for children to know the REAL history of America, including God's hand of favor every step of the way. Jenny is deeply indebted to the excellent reenactors of Colonial Williamsburg: Richard Schumann as Patrick Henry and Mark Schneider as the Marquis de Lafayette (and Banastre Tarleton). They have tirelessly answered her questions and provided incredible research assistance. Jenny also is active with Patrick Henry's Red Hill (homesite where Patrick Henry is buried) and Historic Polegreen Church (where Patrick Henry attended church as a kid), participating in Living History Days. Her research has taken her to France where she met the 6th great grandson of the Marquis de Lafayette, Comte Lafayette. Jenny has attended multiple re-enactment events, including Patrick Henry's Liberty or Death speech at St. John's Church in Richmond, Patrick Henry's Parson Cause court case at Hanover Courhouse, the Battle of the Hook (Gloucester Point) and the Battle of Cowpens. She also was in Yorktown for the arrival of Lafayette's reconstructed ship from France, L'Hermione. Stay tuned for tons of behind the scenes research pics and videos for this exciting Revolutionary saga!
Jenny with Mark Schneider (Marquis de Lafayette and below, "Bloody" Banastre Tarleton)
"We have searched high and low for books that would really engage our avid little reader and take her more than 30 minutes to read, but that would also be worthwhile and contain a Biblical worldview. We got it all with your series. You saved the day when we discovered you at the Polegreen homeschool field trip!" -Julie
Jenny with Mark Schneider (Marquis de Lafayette) in Yorktown for the arrival of Lafayette's reconstructed ship from France, L'Hermione!
BEHIND THE SCENES: PATRICK HENRY
Author Jenny L. Cote interviews her main character for the Revolutionary trilogy: Patrick Henry. Through a series of chats, Jenny and Mr. Henry will give readers an exclusive behind the scenes look at Mr. Henry's life and vital contributions to American Independence.
JENNY AND PATRICK HENRY CHAT ABOUT JACK JOUETT
In this clip, Jenny and the Mr. Henry discuss Jack Jouett's ride and a funny anecdote of something that happened to Mr. Henry once he evaded the dreaded Tarleton. He also graciously gives an endorsement for Jenny's books. I just love him.
JENNY AND PATRICK HENRY CHAT ABOUT LIBERTAS
In this clip, Jenny and Mr. Henry discuss a little known speech that he made in 1783, yet one that possibly led to the most well known American treasure...at least it will in Jenny's book. :)
Why is Patrick Henry still a good role model for Kids Today?
Read Jenny's article on FOXNEWS.COM.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE
Author Jenny L. Cote interviews her supporting character for the Revolutionary trilogy: the Marquis de Lafayette. Through a series of chats, Jenny and the Marquis will give readers an exclusive behind the scenes look at The Marquis' life and vital contributions to American Independence.
Some of Jenny's research books for preparing to write about Patrick Henry, the Marquis, Tarleton, and the Revolution. 180 books and counting!
JENNY AND THE MARQUIS CHAT ABOUT JACK JOUETT AND THE CAT AND MOUSE CAMPAIGN
In this clip, Jenny and the Marquis discuss Jack Jouett's ride and the ensuing cat and mouse campaign with the dreaded Banastre Tarleton. (Lafayette is SO much more pleasant to interview than that Tarleton, I might add.)
Jenny had the joy of touring the birthplace and childhood home of the Marquis de Lafayette in the south of France: Chateau de Chavaniac.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
Author Jenny L. Cote interviews her antagonist for the Revolutionary trilogy: Banastre Tarleton. Through a series of chats, Jenny and Tarleton will give readers an exclusive behind the scenes look at the British side of the Revolutionary conflict....if she doesn't kill him off early in her novel.
JENNY AND TARLETON CHAT ABOUT COWPENS AND HIS "BLOODY" REPUTATION
In this clip, Jenny and Tarleton have a testy discussion about the Battle of Cowpens and whether or not he deserves the title given him, "Bloody Banastre Tarleton." See if you think his attitude will make Jenny's pen bleed red.
JENNY AND TARLETON CHAT ABOUT JACK JOUETT'S RIDE
In this clip, Jenny asks Tarleton for his testimonial about Jack Jouett's ride after having discussed the event with Patrick Henry and the Marquis de Lafayette. Once again, he gives Jenny some British lip. (Why can't he be more like the delightful Marquis?)
BEHIND THE SCENES:
JENNY L. COTE
Author Jenny L. Cote shares her behind the scenes research which shows the extent to which she'll go to get the story right!
JENNY REENACTS JACK JOUETT'S RIDE
A heart-pounding ride at night through the VA countryside! Well, sorta....Jenny rides Fallon the Wonder Horse at night to reenact Jack Jouett's midnight ride to warn the VA Assembly of Tarleton's approach. You've heard from Patrick Henry, the Marquis de Lafayette and Banastre Tarleton about Jack's ride. Now, see it unfold before your eyes in unparalleled glory! (ah-hem, well, sorta...)
"I wish I was articulate enough to convey how superbly crafted these chapters are. If good writing is meant to evoke thought and passion, then you've accomplished both. I cried a river of tears along with sweet Liz at (...deleted for spoiler alert.) But my crying at your work is nothing new. The real prize is stirring up a personal responsibility in the hearts of the next generation to be steadfast, to cherish liberty and do whatever is necessary to preserve it. Henry's eloquent words are as applicable today as they were when he spoke them, and under your deft handling are now resurrected to new life. Oh how I pray that Cato's words, Patrick Henry's words, your words will inspire young men and women to love God, live with integrity and fight for liberty." - Lisa Hockman, Atlanta
"I have loved all of Jenny L. Cote's books, but this is surely her masterpiece. The Voice, the Revolution, & the Key shows the American Revolution through the eyes of the Order of the Seven and Patrick Henry, a man that most people only know for seven courageous words, not for his amazing life or for his steadfast faith. Jenny L. Cote instills the ideal of liberty in her readers, making them feel as if they might one day be willing to say, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" This book is destined to live on as a classic American novel that embodies the true spirit of patriotism and the importance of the faith of our forefathers." - Katie Wyrick, 12, Homeschooled, Niota, TN
WRITING LIBERTY OR DEATH WHERE IT ALL HAPPENED: ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, RICHMOND, VA
I had the distinct and surreal experience of penning the Liberty or Death chapter while sitting in Patrick Henry’s seat in St. John’s Church in Richmond, VA on the 241st anniversary of the speech, March 23, 2016. But more divinely inspired things happened in the process. The fantasy side of this entire novel involves a bald eagle named Cato who serves to inspire Patrick’s LOD speech. I didn’t plan on this new character - he just showed up on my pages as I started writing the book. I quickly grew to love him. Well, when I got the “Carpe Diem” nudge from God to get to Richmond and write the week before, I suspected that in addition to the incredible honor of sitting sit there all day and writing, something magical would happen. It did. When I arrived in Va. the day before, a bald eagle circled over my car as I boarded the Surry ferry to cross the James River. That night, I dreamed a bald eagle built a nest over my doorway but I couldn’t place where it was (when I later got to the church, it was the doorway of St. John’s church that I had seen in my dream). As I got on the interstate to drive from Williamsburg to Richmond, a bald eagle circled over my car. As I walked around the front of the church I noticed an old, ornate chair carved with a bald eagle. They don’t know where it came from, but use it as Peyton Randolph’s chair in their reenactments. And finally, while I was sitting in Patrick Henry’s seat after writing the last words of the book, they told me a bald eagle had just that moment circled over the church—only seen twice in eight years. I’ve been researching Patrick Henry for eight years. For icing on the cake that day, I got to ring the bell of the church as they started the reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention. Guess how many times you are supposed to ring the bell? SEVEN.
I will be forever grateful to Sarah Whiting and St. John's Church for granting me this honor and to Ray Baird for making the day so magical! I encourage you to visit this amazing site and see for yourself where it all happened!
PATRICK HENRY'S CHAIR: AN EPIC GIFT FROM THE PATRICK HENRY BOYS & GIRLS HOMES
Jenny was given an incredible gift by James Kline and the gracious people at Patrick Henry Family Services, a ministry designed to minister to hurting children and their families through homes, camps, counseling and other resources. The Patrick Henry Boys & Girls Homes provide a loving, safe, Christ-centered environment for children that need refuge. Some of the boys who live at the home made a replica of Patrick Henry's famous chair for Jenny. Patrick Henry had this chair in his last homesite of Red Hill. After two weeks of suffering from a painful condition, he took his last breath and died in this chair. Patrick's death scene will be a powerful moment in The Sword, the Thunder, and the Jewel, and Jenny will write the scene in this chair! Jenny is so grateful for this special gift, made with the hands of boys who are being ministered to in the name of Patrick Henry. Learn more about this incredible ministry and how you can get involved.
EDITS made to VRK (third printing)
Jenny L. Cote is committed to excellence and historical accuracy. Sometimes facts or figures can be recorded in error either from research errors or yet undiscovered facts at the time of writing. Although rare, when errors are found after publication, Jenny is the first to want them corrected, and welcomes information on any errors found in her books by readers.
After publishing The Voice, the Revolution, and the Key (book one of the Revolutionary trilogy), Jenny discovered an incorrect date and name associated with Henry Knox’s early career. He joined the Train Artillery unit of Boston in 1768 (not 1766), and he was under the command of Lieutenant Adino Paddock (not the fictional commander, “Captain Jock Frost” (Clarie in disguise). She corrected these and a few minor errors about his presence at the Boston Massacre (Chapter 54: BLOODY BOSTON) in the third printing and therefore also had to change the reference to “Captain Jock Frost” to “Sergeant Jock Frost” for the following book, The Declaration, the Marquis, and the Spy.
Recommended by the pre-eminent Homeschool Magazine!
Our family has quickly become an enthusiastic fan of Jenny Cote’s series. As homeschoolers, we have been thrilled to use these historical fiction books side by side with our history studies...Because of the amount of time and research that goes into each of her books, as a homeschool mom, I feel quite comfortable in not only using these books as pleasure reading but also as a fun supplement to our homeschool day. I feel confident you will feel the same way as you allow the loveable characters of Max and Liz, along with their band of friends steal your heart, capture your imagination, and teach you about History. (Read the entire review here: Product Review by Michele Pleasants, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, July 2019)