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Review of ‘Through the Narrows’

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British army lieutenant Hugh Pyke and Susquehannock warrior Wolf Tongue are brought together in another hazardous mission when they’re called upon to protect the settlement of Millers Town from Indian raiders. Upon arriving in Millers Town they discover that not only does it contain no militia, or even men with military experience, but that the town harbors secrets that endanger both men’s lives.

Pyke nonetheless sets about building some kind of defense with what the town has to offer, while at the same time having to watch his back against those in town who would gladly kill to protect their secrets. On the eve of the attack Wolf Tongue has to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the Indian chief leading the attackers.

Through the Narrows, book two in the Tomahawk and Saber series by Nathaniel Green and Evan Ronan is rich in historical details about pre-independence America and contains characters that are larger than life. For a peek at what life must have been like for our forefathers, this is historical fiction at its best.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. I give it five stars and look forward to more of the same in future stories.

Review of ‘Language of the Bear’

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Lieutenant Hugh Pyke is a British army officer, newly arrived in the Pennsylvania Colony, who finds himself attracted to his commanding officer’s daughter. Wolf Tongue is a brash young warrior of the Susquehanna tribe, once rulers over others, now on the verge of extinction. He seeks to earn honor so he can marry his chief’s daughter. The lives of these two men come together when Pyke’s commander sends him on a deadly mission with Wolf Tongue as his guide.

A rich historical novel full of action, suspense, betrayal, and love, Language of the Bear by Evan Ronan and Nathaniel Green brings alive a time in American history that has only been scantily documented and a people, the Susquehanna, now lost to history. The reader is made to see, hear, smell, and most importantly, feel, what the characters experience as the very proper young British officer is taught the meaning of honor by a man he first views as a savage. At the same time, Wolf Tongue, a half-breed son of an English settler, learns to have more respect for himself and his mixed heritage.

An extremely well done piece of historical fiction, only marred by a few typos that another round of proofreading would remedy. I use the term ‘marred’ lightly in this case, because I truly enjoyed reading this book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. I give it four stars.