The Kent Family Chronicles continue as Confederate Corporal Jeremiah Kent carries out his commander's dying request-while the Union Army ravages Georgia. Review. "A master of the ancient art of storytelling.". The best historical novelist of our time. (Patricia Cornwell) A master of the ancient art of storytelling. ("New York Times Book Review") About the Author. John Jakes is the bestselling author of Charleston, the Kent Family Chronicles, the North and South trilogy, On Secret Service, California Gold, Homeland, and American Dreams. Descended from a soldier of the Virginia Continental Line who fought in the American Revolution, Jakes is one of today's most distinguished authors of historical fiction.