Author – Andrew Joyce
Genre – Historical Fiction, Western
498 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 1/14/17
My impressions: naive settlers, scumbag white officials, noble Indians, murder, torture, genocide.
The story begins in 1850 with a wagon train of settlers leaving Westport, Missouri on the Oregon Trail. The settlers are from various locations east of Missouri. The main focus is on the Ariesen family, particularly twenty year old, blond haired Jacob. The early portion of the story was the only part I took issue with. Eight families traveled in one of four columns. The background of each of those eight families was told in more detail than I felt was necessary given the fates that awaited them. You be the judge.
The primary plot begins when Jacob comes down with cholera and against all odds survives. Due to circumstances I'll forestall,l he is alone on the prairie. From there the story of Yellow Hair evolves.
In Jacob's weakened and delirious condition he is found by a party of Dakota Indians. A female warrior named Fighting Woman assumes responsibility for him and takes Jacob to her tribe. He recovers and is accepted and adopts the ways of the Mdewakanton band of the Santee Sioux of the Dakota nation. When danger befalls the tribe he becomes a fierce warrior.
Over the next forty years Yellow Hair and the Indian nations reel under the lies and mistreatment of the Federal Government and its agents. Promises are broken and details of treaties are changed after agreements are made and signed by both sides. As settlers pour into the North Central area of the United States, land given to the Indian tribes by treaty agreements is stolen by the government, and the Indians are confined to smaller and smaller areas. Finally, the Natives rebel and attack the hated Army Blue Coats. Many of the settlers and Indians are friends until battles break out and atrocities occur on both sides.
If you have any knowledge of the Indian Wars between 1850 and 1890 you can guess the final outcome.
The plot appears to be based on actual history and I highly recommend it.
The editing and sentence structure are good.
The plot, character development, details and research are excellent.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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