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MacKinnon's Rangers, Book 1: Surrender | [Pamela Clare]

MacKinnon's Rangers, Book 1: Surrender

A hand-picked cadre of warriors, they had the fierce courage of their Scots forefathers, combined with the stealth and cunning of the Indians who lived beside them in the wilderness. Battling the French in a no-holds-barred combat, they forged a new brand of honor, became a new breed of men - MacKinnon's Rangers. Iain MacKinnon had been forced to serve the British crown, but compassion urged him to save the lovely lass facing certain death at the hands of the Abenaki. He'd defied his orders, endangered his brothers, his men and his mission, all for a woman. But when he held Annie's sweet body in his arms, he could feel no regret.
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A hand-picked cadre of warriors, they had the fierce courage of their Scots forefathers, combined with the stealth and cunning of the Indians who lived beside them in the wilderness. Battling the French in a no-holds-barred combat, they forged a new brand of honor, became a new breed of men - MacKinnon's Rangers.

Iain MacKinnon had been forced to serve the British crown, but compassion urged him to save the lovely lass facing certain death at the hands of the Abenaki. He'd defied his orders, endangered his brothers, his men and his mission, all for a woman. But when he held Annie's sweet body in his arms, he could feel no regret. Though he sensed she was hiding something from him, it was too late to hold back his heart.

In love and war, there are times when the only course of action is...surrender.

©2011 Pamela Clare (P)2013 Tantor

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    Stacie Providence, UT, United States 10-03-13
    Stacie Providence, UT, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "delicious"

    It has been a while since I have enjoyed a book so much! The narrator, with his many accents amazed me. His delicious highlanders accent made me swoon over and over! The characters had chemistry, the story was captivating and the narrator was the icing on the cake! love love loved it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Gulfport, MS 08-28-13
    Dianne Gulfport, MS 08-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Dianne

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    "Heartwarming! Exciting! Intriguing!"

    Pamela Clare may be my new favorite author! And Kaleo Griffith is beyond good! This book keeps the listener engaged at all times. There's never a dull moment! I caught myself anticipating what was to happen next. If there's a negative thing to be said about Kaleo Griffith, it would be that he didn't read FAST ENOUGH! LOL!!! This book has certainly pulled me into the entire series! Worth the credit? ABSOLUTELY!

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    Taniea United States 07-24-13
    Taniea United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2010

    Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...

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    "A Short Romantic Walk in Colonial History"

    As a lover of the romance genre coupled with being a history buff, I found Clare's rendition of the time period incredibly well-done. What drew me to "Surrender" was a generated recommendation due to my previous positive reviews on highland romances written by Paula Quinn & Karen Marie Moning. Having now read it, I'm not sure why the system thought to make these comparable. The writing and story lines are nothing alike. Yet, I'm thankful for it regardless. What a well written story.

    Rather than bore reviewers with my summary of what has been written on at nauseam, let me instead offer reviewers some context. In "Surrender", Clare infuses real historical accounts of pre-Revolutionary conditions in the American colonies in which the English & French were fighting for control of the territory. Clare's Ranger series seems to center around what is known as the French & Indian War. Varying Indian tribes, long inhabited the continent prior to European domination, ally with one European against the other. Clare brings a personality to the chaotic and dark time with her fictional characters not to mention love. Hence... a historical romance.

    Of the many narrators I've listened to, Kaleo Griffith does an exceptionally wonderful job of narrating the male characters, especially Ian, and still manage the femininity of Lady Ann's voice. Each of the main character's plight, insecurities, and personality crafted by Clare were conveyed brilliantly by Griffith. Well done all around! Now I'm looking forward to the rest of the series... next one is out in a several weeks.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 02-07-14
    MickeyMarie 02-07-14 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "Where to begin"

    There are a number of things that contribute to how well a book can be rated. Performance always contributes so beginning there, I'll say the Mr. Griffith does an outstanding job with realistic accents and emphasis making his reading truly a performance not just a reading.
    Now to judge the story there are a number of things I look for. Obviously in a historical novel, the story must be true to the history. This book meets that measure admirably. Having read a number of fiction and non fiction works about this period, I am familiar enough with it to see that Ms Clare has done her homework and brought the truth of the time to the fiction of her story. While McKinnon's rangers are a fictional group, they are accurately patterned after ranger groups that were active on the American frontier during the 17th & 18th century.
    So, with that sound base, Ms Clare has written a thrilling story built around a love story that is realistic and exciting.
    With this combination of performance and story, this first book in the series can only be rated as high as possible, and invites the listener to order the next one before the first is finished so there is no time spent waiting to continue the adventure.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    julie mobile, AL, United States 10-13-13
    julie mobile, AL, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2012

    Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

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    "Nay! Dinna bother with this one!"
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    Mousy and weak heroine meets overly sexed scot! Narrator did ok with character voices, except heroine's - which he made sound like a meek and always abiding female YUK- I got past that but couldn't get past his normal reading of text and sentences that you thought ended. Another word was added as if he had turned the page and realized the sentence wasn't over! Pauses and inflections of emotion were confusing. Two stars was pushing it but I have heard worse.

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    J Riverton, WV, United States 10-09-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    I have listened to a lot of these kinds of stories and most can hold my interest. However this one did not. The narrator was good but the story line was so predictable that I could not even finish the book. I got board. The sex in the book was also to graphic for me and I think it was a failed attempt to make the story more interesting. For me it ruined what little the story had. Even though I did not finish the book I have no doubt about the ending. My main thought about the book was as I stated before PREDICTABLE.

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-07-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Great start to the series! :D"

    5 stars

    Wow! This was a great story. I've been wanting to read this trilogy for a while and now I'm sorry I waited so long. I really liked both Annie and Iain and their story sucked me in right away and kept me reading until it was done. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will be reading more of her work (I've already bought books 2 & 3).

    Annie is the daughter of a Scottish lord (I think he might have been an Earl...) but he and her brothers were killed in a Scottish revolution attempt (her family were loyalists siding with the British rulers). Annie and her mother were forced to take shelter with her Uncle and he acted nice but secretly had perversions that made being in his home dangerous. When he killed her mother, Annie tried to run away but her Uncle caught her.

    Iain was a child when his family took part in the Scottish revolution but he still was branded a traitor and ended up in the colonies (America while still under British rule). He and his brothers (Morgan and Connor) grew up close to one of the local Indian tribes (which they were adopted in to) and became very good at the warrior skills. The brothers wanted to be farmers though and were working on getting their farm up and running when they came to the attention of a British officer (Lord William, who is the grandson of the King) who decides to frame Iain for murder to force him in to his service.

    Lord William ends up getting all 3 brothers because Morgan and Connor aren't about to leave Iain to die in the war of the British against the French. The brothers head up a squad of Rangers that they recruited and trained and are much better fighters than the regular British soldiers. Annie ends up in the colonies at the hands of her Uncle. When she tried to escape and he caught her, he was upset about her trying to escape him. He can't have her telling stories about him so he takes her to a sheriff, telling him that she's a thief. Annie is held in jail for a while until her Uncle comes to visit and offers to let her come home if she stays quiet. Annie is tempted but knows if she goes with him she's dead. She's branded (in a very private place) as a thief and sent to the colonies where she's sold in to slavery. She's suffering under very unkind owners when some Abenaki Indian (who are allied with the French) attack the house she lives in. The people that own her are killed and Annie runs trying to survive. She is chased by the Indians and unknowingly runs close to where Iain and his brothers are hidden. Annie fights for her life and Iain knows he can't let her die even though it goes against his orders and will likely mess up their mission and possibly cause some of his men to get killed. Regardless, Iain can't let Annie die and he sends his brothers to lead the Rangers and he saves Annie, taking her with him in to the forest to escape. Annie is hit on the head and out of it at first but soon realizes that she's been saved and is relieved but still worried about what will happen to her. She's scared to let anyone see her brand or to tell them her correct last name for fear she'd be resold in to slavery again. Iain and Annie have an attraction from the start but not much happens on the physical side (for now) outside of a stolen kiss or 2. Iain sees that Annie is a strong, kind and courageous woman and wants her for his own but doesn't think he can have her because he's trapped in to service to Lord William until the war is over.

    As they travel together for days, Iain and Annie have to depend on each other to survive (although it is mostly Iain doing the saving but still). Being so close and going through the difficulties they have to together enables them to truly see each other. Annie thought Iain was rather brutish at first but as they spent more time together she sees how he's rather caring and protective of her. The more time she spends with him, the more she sees Iain as a very honorable, kind and strong man. She would love to get closer to him but fears telling him who she is, not only because of her being accused of thievery and then sold in to slavery but because her family were loyalists and his were branded traitors so they hate each other. Annie fears that if she tells him the truth of who she if he'd hate her because of her family ties. They get back to the fort and Iain has to face the punishment for disobeying orders and Lord William meets Annie (and takes an interest in her). Unfortunately, this causes issues for Iain and Annie because he likes trying to stir trouble and see what comes about. He also ends up deciding he wants Annie and makes plans for trouble that he believes will drive her in to his arms. Iain fights with himself at first about what he has to offer Annie and all but eventually that doesn't matter to him and he decides she's going to be his. Annie's secret doesn't help things but she does tell him the truth and he accepts it (after a bit of stewing). Once they're together and working towards staying that way things start going better for them. There are still multiple obstacles they have to deal with but they manage to get past them. The story has a great ending as Iain and Annie start their HEA.

    I enjoyed this story so much! I loved Annie and Iain. They both were likable characters that you just had to root for and had to cringe for when they faced bad things. The story was interesting, engaging and seemed believable. I don't know enough about history during this timeframe to allow me to say if it's historically accurate or not but to me (as a layman on the subject) it seemed accurate. I'm moving on to book #2 in the series immediately. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up. :D

    * note - I thought the narrator did a great job and the accents were very well done.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 10-08-13
    Meghan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Narrator to Avoid"
    Would you try another book from Pamela Clare and/or Kaleo Griffith?

    I don't think I'd buy another audiobook narrated by Kaleo Griffith. The contemporary Amercian acccent delivered in what was more often than not a flat tone greatly distracted from the story itself. When he did do an accent it was less than perfect. Although I will say that his female character voices were better than expected. Male narrators don't always do the best female voices but Griffith managed to do a pretty good job. Too bad the rest of his narration was lacking.

    Although the narration made the story at times difficult to listen to, I did enjoy the story although I'd buy them on Kindle instead unless the narrator is different.


    If you’ve listened to books by Pamela Clare before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first Pamela Clare book. I'll have to see how they are in writing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Flat affect and inappropriate accent made the narration difficult to listen to. I think if they had picked a female narrator or an English or Scottish male narrator it would have made the book better to listen to.


    Was MacKinnon's Rangers, Book 1 worth the listening time?

    It kept me entertained on the metro. That's about it.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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