Publisher's Note:  
Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it . . .

When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.

First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he learns that his father’s death was no accident. Jasper is at the center of a war that has been going on for centuries, in which the descendants of the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution still duel to the death for the sake of their honor.

His only hope to escape his dangerous fate on his eighteenth birthday? Take up the research his father was pursuing at the time of his death, to clear Arnold’s name.

Whisked off to a boarding school populated by other descendants of notorious American traitors, it’s a race to discover the truth. But if Jasper doesn’t find a way to uncover the evidence his father was hunting for, he may end up paying for the sins of his forefathers with his own life.

Like a mash-up of National Treasure and Hamilton, Matthew Landis’s debut spins the what-ifs of American history into a heart-pounding thriller steeped in conspiracy, clue hunting, and danger.


This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sky Pony Press

League of American Traitors

by Matthew Landis

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William Shakespeare said, "The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children."  In Matthew Landis' book, League of American Traitors, the future generations, living in the here and now, are presented with challenges that they did not create and most do no want to deal with.  Relationships will be built and destroyed, sometimes becoming generational, giving life to Shakespeare's words. 

The author has done a brilliant job of presenting his audience with well-developed characters that might make the reader laugh out loud or even wipe a tear away now and then.  Seventeen-year-old Jasper narrates the story of his development as he deals with heart break, anger, and a desire to live.  His real predicament is whether he will stand up and fight or run.  As Jasper navigates secret societies, ancient conspiracies, and constant threats, he discovers he's tougher than he imagined.  Surrounded by friends and mentors, there is much to be learned.  

Matthew Landis did a superb job writing to a wide audience.  For those who love history, the depth of intrigue and suspense will definitely draw them in.  For those who don't love history so much, the author has written in a way that the history is slipped in here and there comfortably in small bites.  My favorite line: "Find a thesaurus and read it."  There is quite a bit of violence so this isn't written for the young and tender reader, nevertheless, the author has done a good job of not adding a lot of descriptive blood or gore.  Suspenseful and full of action, this high stakes game of cat and mouse would be a good read for both male and female audiences who enjoy a fast-paced thriller.  This is like a Murdoch Mysteries in print for the young adult.  Being his first book, Matthew Landis has a bright future and hopefully many more books to come. 

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Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 6 mild obscenities; 5 derogatory names; 11 scatological words; 1 anatomical term; 6 F-words. 

Violence/Gore:  Mom killed previously in a car accident, minor details; dad murdered, funeral & burial; vehicle accident, brakes mysteriously malfunction, ends up under-water, teen almost gives up and dies; character uses defibrillator on teen boy while he's still alive in order to torture information from him; woman tries to strangle teen boy; men save teen boy with guns drawn; teen boy poisoned; teen boy in clinic, some details, IV, some blood, catheter; attempted murderer commits suicide; teen girl threw a book at an adult and tried to punch him; man face plants teen girl on a desk; teen boy and girl have a physical altercation; man dies in 1700s of a disease outbreak; 2 teens practice dueling using paint guns, girl faints, paint looks like blood; attempted murder by a teen girl, gun fired; teen girl punches another teen girl in face multiple times, injuries, blood; multiple mentions of previous duels with guns & people killed; man fires machine gun at vehicle; gun fight, multiple people shot, blood, some gore; mention of Trail of Tears & thousands of American Indians dying; teen boy thinking of his friend dueling and standing next to his casket afterward; teen boy points gun at friend, threatening to kill; teen boy shot and killed by teen boy in self-defense; gun fight, blood, injuries; woman tied to a chair and beaten for information, brief details, some blood. 

Sex/Nudity:  Teen boy & girl cuddle on couch; teen boy contemplates kissing teen girl; teen boy & girl make out, very brief details; teen boy brags that me made out with a girl.

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Death of a parent, murder of a parent, alcoholic father, deadbeat dad, funerals, torture, foster home, homelessness, guns, poison, suicide, historical wars, traitors, espionage, deception, Trail of Tears, death of thousands of American Indians.

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Drugs given to teen boy for interrogation purposes; alcoholic father.

Reviewed By Beth
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