La Louisiane, 1793...a land of riches beyond imagining. Whoever controls the vast domain along the Mississippi River will decide the fate of North America. When young French diplomat Citizen Genet arrives on Jefferson's doorstep from the blood-soaked streets of revolutionary Paris, he s determined to wrest Louisiana away from Spain and win it back for France even if it means global war.
But Genet doesn t count on General Mad Anthony Wayne, whose true-life band of heroes and lunatics are fortifying the raw edges of the American frontier. As Mad Anthony hunts for a traitor in his ranks, washed-up hero George Rogers Clark prepares to take command of Genet s renegade forces in seething, secessionist Kentucky.
It's winner take all...and the losers might include Clark's beautiful sister Fanny, who gambles her own sanity to save her brother s soul, and two reckless young soldiers named Lewis and Clark whose dreams of adventure in the West will end in death or glory.
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Frances Hunter is the writing team of sisters Mary Clare and Liz Clare, who reside in Austin, Texas. Their debut historical novel, To the Ends of the Earth: The Last Journey of Lewis & Clark (Blind Rabbit Press, 2006) scored a highly recommended rating from Library Journal, won the Writers League of Texas Violet Crown Award and the Independent Publisher IPPY Book Award silver medal, and was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year.
For their second novel, The Fairest Portion of the Globe, the authors traveled extensively and conducted in-depth historical research to piece together the complex intrigues of the early American frontier. Weaving this compelling history together with the friendship of young Lewis and Clark was the novelists real passion. Anyone can look at a map and follow the westward trail blazed by Lewis and Clark, they note. But these men would freeze for each other, go hungry for each other, die for each other. How do you get to that depth of honor, courage, and loyalty? That s another kind of trail they left for us to follow.
The Fairest Portion of the Globe abounds with great set pieces, fascinating period details, and a compelling backstage look at history in the making, but none of those things will absorb you the way Hunter s sheer bravura writing ability will. The characters here leap off the page, vibrantly living their lives, reading their books, worrying their worries and the end result is nothing less than wonderful. Urgently, wholeheartedly recommended. --Historical Novels Review Online
--Historical Novels Review Online
Its action scenes brim with energy, and rather than present us with staid portraits, Hunter brings to life a scrappy young nation populated by full-blooded individuals chomping at the bit to explore, settle, defend, and expand the borders of their homeland. ... The action speeds along at a good pace, and the authors don t shy away from exclamation points when needed. This is a plus, not a criticism! Though it sounds paradoxical to say so, the slangy modern dialogue contributes to its authenticity. If you're curious what it s like to be around men wearing powdered wigs (hint: they smell like potato starch), catch toads while wading through a slimy cold swamp, scrub out a cookpot with sand, or traverse the untamed wilderness on foot, this is the novel for you. The descriptions are that realistic, and the natural beauty of the early American landscape shines through. Don't worry if you re not familiar with the politics, as everything is laid out clearly, and there's even a handy map. If you believe that U.S. history lacks drama or fascinating characters, this invigorating novel should do much to convince you otherwise. --Reading the Past
The Fairest Portion of the Globe transforms legends and heroes of American history into real men with failings and foibles, gout and gastritis, doubts, desires, and unmistakable destinies...Frances Hunter s newest novel describes the rise and fall of a famous conspiracy, but readers will recognize that at its heart it s really about the making of a famous friendship between two men whose names will be forever linked in the building of our country. --Dianne K. Salerni, author of We Hear the Dead
A fascinating speculation, woven out of the lives of colorful personalities and barely recalled events from history textbooks, when the infant United States seemed to be at the mercy of three European powers. --Celia Hayes, author of The Adelsverein Trilogy
An engrossing tale of intrigue and betrayal. --Mary L. Simonsen, author of Searching for Pemberley --From the back cover
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Descrizione libro Blind Rabbit Press, 2010. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0977763609
Descrizione libro Blind Rabbit Press. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0977763609 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0662244
Descrizione libro Blind Rabbit Press, 2010. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110977763609