Guns of the Lion is the second book in the Faith and Freedom Trilogy written by Douglas Bond.
And this is also my favorite of the three books.
Here is a synopsis(I did not write this one).
As the second installment of Douglas Bond's Faith and Freedom Trilogy, Guns of the Lion begins shortly after the story in Guns of Thunder
ends. Ian M'Kethe and the trusted Indian Watakoog are canoeing down the
Connecticut River on their way to the new College of New Jersey, where
Ian plans to enroll. Along the way, Ian reads a manuscript written by
his cousin, Gavin Crookshank, about the many trials he endured during
the recent Second Jacobite Rebellion of 1745–46.
The young Scottish shepherd Gavin is taken from his familiar moor by
British troops and impressed into duty aboard the admiralty man-of-war
HMS Lion. It is learned that Bonnie Prince Charlie and a small
army of supporters have sailed from France aboard two ships in an
attempt to reach Scotland, organize a rebellion, and take back the
throne of England for the House of Stuart. The Lion sails into
French waters to prevent the two French ships from carrying out their
mission. In a pivotal sea battle, Gavin serves with distinction as a
sharpshooter, but Charles escapes and lands safely on Scotland's shore.
Gavin's unique position as a Gaelic-speaking Scot who faithfully
served King George II is noticed by the admiralty. He is sent back to
Scotland as a spy with orders to infiltrate Charles's army of Scottish
Highlanders. Gavin wrestles with his national and familial loyalties to
his homeland and to Charles, who is often more rogue than sovereign, and
his sworn allegiance to King George II of England. How can he reconcile
the command of Scripture to honor his earthly king and obediently serve
the King of heaven and earth? Gavin resolves to go as ordered and to do
all he can to save lives and prevent senseless bloodshed. Will he
The historical setting of Guns of the Lion is accurately
presented. The reader will learn much about this period of Scottish
history. Bond's storytelling is compelling—you will not want to insert
your bookmark and turn out the light—and is suitable for ages teen
through adult. The plot flows naturally from the character Gavin
Crookshank, who is engaging and likeable, one with daily struggles,
tests of faith, and foibles we all can relate to. He weighs opposite and
seemingly legitimate courses of action as he meditates upon the words
of Scripture—an example all would do well to heed. On the first page of
his manuscript, Gavin tells his readers in America, "I hope in God." In
spite of the many hardships, challenges to both his person and his faith
akin to the Pauline perils of 2 Corinthians 11:26, Gavin's hope is
confirmed and he remains steadfast to the end.
I hope you enjoy.