Planters of the Crown is the first of two novels set in 16th Century Ireland. It is a tale of sacrifice, love and betrayal, which begins with a girl named Cora. In a life of desperation and abuse, Cora becomes obligated to Thomas Smyth of London. He is a powerful business man filled with greed and a desire to expand his influence. It is through Thomas and the Thomas Smyth Company that Cora finds herself bound to a plantation in Ireland. As political forces change the landscape for the Thomas Smyth Company, Cora becomes entangled in a web of intrigue, lust and rebellion.
The story is set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth in the year 1560. It is a period of reformation, immediately following the queen’s mandate to disavow the catholic faith.
Patrick Highers is a retired United States Marine, who currently works in public service. He has been the recipient of the Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award from the International Military Community Executive Association and has been cited for significant achievement in military contributions by the National Recreation and Parks Association. Patrick is an alumnus of American Military University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business. He enjoys family, history and meeting remarkable people in memorable places. His novels, Planters of the Crown and A Crown for Two Islands, span a period of Irish history from 1560 to 1564.