A Roving Commission
Through the Black Insurrection of Hayti
This is one of the most brilliant of Mr. Henty’s books. A story of the sea, with all its life and action, it is also full of thrilling adventures on land. So it holds the keenest interest until the end. The scene is a new one to Mr. Henty’ s readers, being laid at the time of the Great Revolt of the Blacks, by which Hayti became independent. Toussaint L’Overture appears, and an admirable picture is given of him and of his power.
About the Author
British writer George Alfred Henty, who came to be known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling with his own children. After the evening meal, it was his habit to spend an hour or more telling the children a story that he would resume the next day, and the next, until complete. Some of his stories took weeks to tell! A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of all the children present. He commended Mr. Henty that he had an exceptional gift, and suggested that he write down his stories for the enjoyment of others beyond his home. Henty took the counsel, began to write, and the result was over 144 books!
Besides these came shorter stories for numerous British magazines. He quickly became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study dictating stories at a pace that the secretary could barely keep up with writing.
Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes, pictured during fascinating periods of history, amid all the true events and personalities of the times. His heroes are smart, devoted to their country, and often find themselves in situations of great danger. They participate in the conflict of international wars, cross oceans, conquer tyranny and bring freedom to empires, a experience a wide range of other exciting adventures. In short, Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras meeting leaders of those times. Every reader of Henty books will come to a greater understanding of the cultures of many nations in eras across the centuries!