In Common

Published November 11, 2020 by A.J.B. Johnston

When I reached the end of the writing stage of Kings of Friday Night: The Lincolns I had the odd sensation of thinking of one of my earlier books, Endgame 1758: the Promise, the Glory and the Despair of Louisbourg’s Last Decade.

“That’s odd,” I said to myself.

It took me a while—maybe a year—but I just figured it out. Some inner, unconscious part of my brain recognized that both books are about decades, and both are continuous narratives that follow a central cast of characters throughout to see what happens to them across a ten-year time span.

The stories could hardly be more different—a 1960s rock ‘n’ roll band versus a massive imperial 18th-century conflict involving many thousands of combatants—but the common elements mentioned above are definitely there.

I like to think that those who enjoy the one book might like to check out the other. They are both compelling stories.

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