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Blood of Belvidere: A Grenada Novel by [Campbell, Dunbar]
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Grenada is a marriage between stunning Caribbean beauty and historical conflict. Blood of Belvidere takes readers on an unforgettable journey deep into the tropical mystique that attracted international intrigue to her shores for hundreds of years.

As a young boy growing up in Grenada, Scott McDonald’s growing pain becomes intertwined with the legacy behind the strange disappearance of a slave-rebellion leader two-hundred years earlier. Secrets and treachery inflict havoc down eight generations of McDonalds, believed to be descendants of the rebel’s archenemy.

In Scott’s search for the truth, he is recruited into an antigovernment movement plotting to overthrow an iron-fisted dictator. When the dictator crushes the movement, Scott flees the island and leaves his entire world behind including the girl he loves, and who is now presumed killed by secret police.

He migrates to the United States and enlists in the U.S. Marines to forget his past. But fate intervenes. The U.S. invades the island to topple a brutal Marxist government and to rescue American students from the turmoil. Scott is among the invaders.

He seeks retribution for his grief, but echoes of his family past remind him of a more sacred mission. He must uncover why a mysterious event in the Belvidere Mountains two-hundred years ago could still fan the fires of dictatorship, revolution, and invasion.

But will he be prepared when he comes face-to-face with the truth?

Blood of Belvidere is a story about human struggle in the darkness of oppression, the bitter taste of betrayal, the sustenance of love, and the healing power of reconciliation.

This is a story of hope.

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  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced story, an excellent read. 3 January 2015
By Steve Conway - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the honor of serving with Dunbar Campbell. He was a fine Marine, and you couldn't find better human beings than him and his wife. We were stationed in Hawaii together at the time of the Grenada invasion. I knew some of his past growing up in Grenada, a little about his experiences in the revolution, but it didn't quite hit home until I read Blood of Belvidere.

Short version - I love this book. Read it.

Longer version - I love this book. DC writes what he knows, and it shows. His love for the island, and the people of his homeland, comes through on every page. His descriptions of the town and the beaches made me see them. The smells, the taste of the food, the emotions of his main characters, all as if I experienced them myself.

The history of Grenada is as tangled as the backstory in this historical novel. As another reviewer stated, I had no feel for Fedon other than as the leader of a failed slave rebellion against the British in the 18th century. I had zero understanding of how a people could support a Communist revolution, then a few years later welcome invading American troops as liberators. Mr. Campbell's book makes it understandable, even agreeable.

You don't need an interest in military history or politics to enjoy this book. It is a very human story, focused on the characters and their lives. There are no long narrative passages that bog you down, no pages long speeches. This book moves along at a good clip, never a chance to get bored.

Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fact and Fiction never had it so good!! 22 February 2015
By Collis A DeCoteau - Published on Amazon.com
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Fact - During the European struggles for possession of the prized Caribbean islands, there was a man in Grenada named Julien Fedon of French and African descent. To this day his legendary revolutionary spirit still continues to permeate Grenadian affairs.

Fact - There is a place called Gouyave on the island. It was Fedon's hometown from where he organized his resistance against the British.

Fact - Upon the overthrow of the then Premier, Eric Gairy, in the late 1970's, Grenada flirted with communism and Cuba. But after much in-fighting and ensuing turmoil among the leaders, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop was executed.

Fact - President Ronald Reagan pounced on the bewilderment that followed and invaded Grenada in the name of rescuing the many American students who were attending St. George's Medical University.

Dunbar Campbell's fertile imagination combined those four facts into a must read book called BLOOD OF BELVIDERE that tells the tale of the hero's struggle to get to the source of the generational in-feuding within his own family. Where fact ends and fiction begins is so brilliantly interwoven that even someone like me, who is familiar with the events mentioned, had a difficult time in separating the two.
Fascinating and exceedingly well done!!

By: Collis "Tony" DeCoteau, author of A PLACE CALLED GOUYAVE
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woven within these frameworks is a love story full of danger 3 March 2017
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The Blood of Belvidere: A Grenada Novel is an outstanding novel. It's a chronicled account of events in Grenada's history, as well as a fascinating study of a culture. Woven within these frameworks is a love story full of danger, passion and most of all, care. The characters are many and diverse. The portraits of the landscape are inviting, and are a sharp contrast to the violence within the country. Family secrets are revealed and bring outrage, and later a healing. The Blood of Belvidere is a worthwhile read for many reasons!

M. T. V. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel, hard to put down, set in the Grenada revolution. 23 August 2015
By Mr. C. Doyle - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw a review of this book linking it to the Grenada revolution (the recent one) and ordered a kindle edition. Good novels about a small island like Grenada are rare indeed, and I was surprised and delighted by this one. Dunbar Cambell has written a novel in which he has taken two real life Grenada revolutions, one long ago, on fairly recent, and inter weaved them into his plot. He has done this very skillfully and produced a well-written novel, with a lot of suspense that is hard to put down, and leaves you satisfied. This is a novel, not history book, but I was really impressed by the way the author took a few real events, changed things to make his plot work, and came up with a much simpler scenario that captures the emotional essence and truth of the revolution, from the corruption of the old regime, through hope, to a renewed corruption, that started right after the take-over. This novel gives a feel for the revo that history cannot. I hope Americans that feel ambivalent or horrified about the US intervention in Grenada, will read this both to understand the revolution more, and to come to realize that the American forces really were welcomed with open arms by most Grenadians.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel as though you have experienced these events firsthand! 13 February 2014
By beebur - Published on Amazon.com
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Read this book! You will journey on the most suspenseful, heartbreaking journey to Grenada (Gren-aid-ah), the island near northern South America (not Gren-ah-da in Spain). Mr. Campbell's metaphors are stinging and intoxicating like smooth rum in the tropics. No matter where you're from or your own life experiences, his characters will haunt your dreams and make you rethink every assumption you have made about humanity and the United States involvement in this conflict during the Reagan administration. I have learned so much and respect these conflicts even more than in my entire life. Thank you, always, for this tale and such memorable, genuine characters! I feel as though I'm sneaking a firsthand diary and not reading historical fiction.

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