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1. Long Knife
2. Follow the River
3. Warrior Woman: The Exceptional
4. From Sea to Shining Sea
5. The Red Heart
6. Panther in the Sky
7. Saint Patrick's Battalion
8. An Expedition of Discovery into
9. Sign-Talker: The Adventure of
10. An exposition of the causes and
11. Scourby KJV Audio Bible: King
12. Staying Out of Hell
13. The Children of First Man
14. The Holy Bible, King James Version
15. Precious and the Puggies: Precious
16. Thoughts On Family Worship
17. Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The
18. The Art and Craft of Writing Historical
19. The One That Got Away
20. James Patterson's The Murder of

1. Long Knife
Mass Market Paperback: 512 Pages (1994-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Two centuries ago, with the support of the young Revolutionary government, George Robers Clark led a small but fierce army west from Virigina to conquer all the territory between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Here is the adventure, the romance, the struggle, and the betrayal of his life. Rich in the heroic characters, meticulously researched detail and grand scale that have become James Alexander Thom's trademarks, LONG KNIFE, his first historical epic, is simply unforgettable.
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5-0 out of 5 stars James Alexander Thom Books
The books arrived in good condition.Packing was excellent.These books are well written and hard to put down once you start reading them.Fact and fiction and history blended in a believable and entertaining way.This writer does his research and writes from the heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars Move over Daniel Boone
An excellent historical novel on George Rogers Clark whom I had not heard of before. One of the real frontiersmen and a man in every sense of the word. An excellent read.

5-0 out of 5 stars His best work
I have read most of Thom's work and this is his best! Nobody places you better than Thom, he has the ability to describe a scene so vividly that you can close your eyes and transport yourself. This is a great story of a man that is worthy of the title hero and Thom makes you feel like you know him. If you don't just want to read history but live it this is a book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Illuminating Storytelling

Many reviews will tell you of the content of the book but the writing is simply superb.All of Thom's works have a transportive quality.Perhaps its his study of Amerian history or maybe his lectures of the smae or maybe there's just something about living in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana that simply inflame the senses of those willing to learn the tale of those that trecked there. Bottom Line: Thom has an incredible gift for telling the tale of the American Frontier.

George Rogers Clark becomes the timeless hero, willing to work and sacrifice all he has in order to save the aspiring freedom of a young America.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Enlightening
I loved it!We never learned about George Rogers Clark in history class, unfortunately.What an inspiring hero from our American past!Colonel Clark was a great leader and in fact a true study in leadership.When I finished the book I found myself wanting to learn everything about his whole life.In the end his life proved rather tragic, but still inspiring.Also, I liked Thom's writing style and his ability to "draw a picture" of his characters.Some of them you can almost smell.The book is full of characters that come to life.Colonel Clark was not only a great leader but he led men who were giants themselves.The conquest of the Northwest Territory, during The American Revolution was a huge strategic benefit to the armies fighting in the east and the initial conquest was accomplished without shedding any blood!Colonel Clark and his army's march across 240 miles of flooded and near-freezing terrain to recapture Vincennes is just amazing!Talk about strong and determined men of great character!This is part of our American History that everyone should know about.I highly recommend "Long Knife" and will be reading much more of Thom's work.
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2. Follow the River
Mass Market Paperback: 416 Pages (1986-11-12)
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Asin: 0345338545
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Mary Ingles was twenty-three, married, and pregnant, when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement, killed the men and women, then took her captive. For months, she lived with them, unbroken, until she escaped, and followed a thousand mile trail to freedom--an extraordinary story of a pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her people.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Loved this Book
I couldn't put this book down until I had read it from cover to cover.After that, my husband, who normally falls asleep after reading 2 pages, read the entire book in about 4 days.

Looking forward to reading more books written by this author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Follow the River
This book arrived quickly and in great condition.
The book is amazing; I couldn't put it down.

5-0 out of 5 stars A ten star if I could
Every time I think that I can't find any good reading material, along comes a reader review on Amazon that turns me onto something truly special.Such is the case with "Follow the River".What an incredible story of survival and historic testament to the power of the human spirit.

Mary Draper Ingles lived with her husband and 2 small boys in Drapers Meadow in what is now Radford, Virginia in 1755.She and her family were pioneers who helped to settle this part of the country. Mary and her 2 small sons were abducted from their home in the Drapers Meadow settlement one day and this book recounts both factually and fictionally her abduction.

This story recounts Mary's abduction based on the author's research of the historical records of the time. Mary escapes her captors and returns from the Ohio and Indiana border back down into the Radford, Virginia area.This is such a remarkable story since Mary was the first white woman to have ventured that far west and then she returned back to Virginia on her own.

I am not sure how I did not hear about her growing up since I grew up in West Virginia and Mary Ingles returned back down through present day Charleston, West Virginia and the Kanawha River Valley where I grew up.She also came through the New River area which even today is remarkably beautiful but rugged and inhospitable area.She did it when it was truly not settled and she had no maps and very little on which to survive.

I am so glad to have read this book. Mary's descendants were still living on the land that Mary and her husband settled in 1755 when the author wrote this book in the 1980's.The author was able to read some of the accounts of Mary's abduction and survival from family documents.

For those who enjoy historical fiction based on fact and who love to read about the indomitable human spirit, this book should be high on your reading list.A definite ten stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars true pioneer woman in hostile land
I first read this book in the mid 90's and was blown away!!then when I went on Vacation to the Blue Ridge this summer, This woman's spirit renewed a desire in me to FIND this book again!and boy, was it worth the search, as good the second time as the first.Timeless.Scot-Irish ethic group will apprecate your ancestors and what they went thru to settle this county prior to the Revolution.Based on a true story, better than Daniel Boone

5-0 out of 5 stars Follow the River
We ordered this for a friend as it is one of the best books we have ever read.It gives you the history in a story form and that keeps your interest ... Read more

3. Warrior Woman: The Exceptional Life Story of Nonhelema, Shawnee Indian Woman Chief
by JAMES ALEXANDER Thom, Dark Rain Thom
Mass Market Paperback: 512 Pages (2004-11-23)
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A bestselling master of historical fiction, James Alexander Thom has brought unforgettable Native American figures to life for millions of readers, powerfully dramatizing their fortitude, fearsomeness, and profound fates. Now he and his wife, Dark Rain, have created a magnificent portrait of an astonishing woman–one who led her people in war when she could not persuade them to make peace.

Her name was Nonhelema. Literate, lovely, imposing at over six feet tall, she was the Women’s Peace Chief of the Shawnee Nation–and already a legend when the most decisive decade of her life began in 1774. That fall, with more than three thousand Virginians poised to march into the Shawnees’ home, Nonhelema’s plea for peace was denied. So she loyally became a fighter, riding into battle covered in war paint. When the Indians ran low on ammunition, Nonhelema’s role changed back to peacemaker, this time tragically.

Negotiating an armistice with military leaders of the American Revolution like Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark, she found herself estranged from her own people–and betrayed by her white adversaries, who would murder her loved ones and eventually maim Nonhelema herself.

Throughout her inspiring life, she had many deep and complex relationships, including with her daughter, Fani, who was an adopted white captive . . . a pious and judgmental missionary, Zeisberger . . . a series of passionate lovers . . . and, in a stunning creation of the Thoms, Justin Case–a cowardly soldier transformed by the courage he saw in the female Indian leader.

Filled with the uncanny period detail and richly rendered drama that are Thom trademarks, Warrior Woman is a memorable novel of a remarkable person–one willing to fight to avoid war, by turns tough and tender, whose heart was too big for the world she wished to tame.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Warrior Woman
I thought I left a review :-(.I am an American Indian and enjoy reading these kinda of books (fictional & non-fictional).

2-0 out of 5 stars Not up the high standards that have been set by other books by James Alexander Thom (a history teacher's review)
To start, let me establish my bonafides as a fan of Mr. Thom's work. Five of his novels proudly sit on my bookshelf . I have the featured review of his novel The Red Heart. One of his books is on my Favorite Books List on my profile page. When I teach world history I have my kids read a piece of historical fiction as part of a semester project. I have proudly placed copies of Follow the River and Panther in the Sky as examples of historical fiction at its finest. I met Thom at a conference this past spring and told him that his books were the reason I created this type of project. When at his best, Thom's books make you feel as though you have stepped into that world of the past.

"Warrior Woman", while accurate is just not entertaining reading. The plot meanders around and never seems to pick up steam. We never really understand Nonhelema's motives in the book - why is she so desperate to negotiate a peace when it is so obvious that those treaties will be broken? Perhaps if her early life had been explored in more detail. The reader is offered snippits of earlier times - past battles, a trip to New Orleans some twenty years earlier but we don't know how these things formed her Revolutionary War-era self.

"Warrior Woman" seems to be the capstone on the series he has written about the Ohio River Valley. He mentions the legendary "Welsh Indians" he writes about in The Children of First Man. George Rogers Clark, the star of Long Knife appears several times, as does Tecumseh. William Clark, who is featured in his book about the Lewis and Clark expedition makes a cameo appearance. Kidnapped whites raised by Indians are featured prominintly in "The Red Heart" and "Follow the River." They are important in this book as well since Nonhelema's daughter is one of those kidnapped children who chooses to stay with the Shawnee. Even a young George Drouillard is mentioned twice in passing. He is featured in yet another book entitled. Sign-Talker: The Adventure of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. To me, it seemed that Thom was closing the circle on his interpretation of this period of history.

Before you read this book, read any of the other ones I mentioned above.

5-0 out of 5 stars Warrior Woman
Warrior Woman: The Exceptional Life Story of Nonhelema, Shawnee Indian Woman Chief

Informative, entertaining, educational - as are all of James Alexander Thom's historical novels about the midwest and the "Ohio Country" frontier in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Adding Mrs. Thom as the primary author of this book adds another viewpoint that's refreshing, but it's obvious that James had a big hand in the creation of this book. So if you enjoyed his other novels, you'll like this one too.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment
I was very disappointed by Warrior Woman.I had read Thom's Panther in the Sky, and it is one of my favorite books.This one didn't even come close.It was boring and soooo frustrating to note Warrior Woman constantly waiting for the white man to keep his promises.

5-0 out of 5 stars Herstory-Warrior, Peacemaker?
My heart was filled with sorrow and pain at the many difficulties
Nonhelema faced as she struggled to fight for peace between the Long Knives and her people.It is excellently written, butI wonder at the title.There was only one scene in which she was a warrior.In truth her main efforts were devoted to peace.Somehow, I feel the title, Warrior Woman, misguides the reader who is picking the book.Time and time again, even when she has to go against her people, Nonhelema choses to speak to white people, asking for peace. Even when she sees family members killed, she clings to a belief in Christian beliefs of peace.It is only at the very end, when she is near death, does she come to realizations that were part of her life long before missionnaries came to these shores...James Alexander Thom and Dark Rain Thom have taken historical information and written a novel of rare understanding and beauty. ... Read more

4. From Sea to Shining Sea
Mass Market Paperback: 896 Pages (1986-11-12)
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Asin: 0345334515
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"Splendid...Thom tells the story with humor and eloquence, and a thumping good tale it is, too."
In one generation, the Clark family of Virginia fought for our nation's independence, and explored, conquered, and settled the continent from sea to shining sea. This powerfully written book recreates the warm life of the family, the dangers of the battlefield, the grueling journeys across an untamed wilderness, and the soul-stirring Lewis and Clark Expedition. This mighty epic is a fitting tribute to the wisdom and courage of Ann Rogers Clark, her husband John, and the ten sons and daughters they nurtured and inspired.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
What an incredible book.It's long, but it covers so much and is worth the time and effort.Before you start, though, make sure to have a quality map of the USA.As I read, I kept a US atlas with me, referencing it often to better understand where "we" were.It helped put the pieces together and gave the details scale and meaning.This should be required reading for every junior high school student in the United States.

5-0 out of 5 stars From Sea to Shining Sea
Book arrived quickly and in shape described.I am very satisfied with the seller.Thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Lewis and Clark Expedition
From Sea To Shining Sea is an excellent account of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific NorthwestIt also describes most interestingly the participants and how they related to each other.

5-0 out of 5 stars A National Treasure
This is truly a treasure. Even if you don't like history, you will find yourself wanting to know more after reading this book. It would be a great read, side by side, in an American history class. Students reading about the lives of people and how they were affected by each of those early events in our history would surely enjoy the class a lot more.

I wish it was printed in hardcover or large print.

5-0 out of 5 stars From Sea to Shining Sea
This is an remarkable view of the early history of the forming and then growing United States through the experiences of several generations of the extraordinary Clark family. The story weaves together the real life experiences of this family showing the trials, challenges and rugged life in our western frontier as it moved from western Virginia into the the Ohio river valley and on to the vast region west of the Mississippi river that culminates in the Rogers & Clark expedition. If one enjoys early american history or an intense novel packed with drama, this is a book that will hold your attention. ... Read more

5. The Red Heart
Mass Market Paperback: 544 Pages (1998-09-28)
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Asin: 0345364716
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Slocum family of Northeastern Pennsylvania are the best of the white settlers, peace-loving Quakers who believe that the Indians hold the Light of God inside. It is from this good-hearted family that Frances is abducted during the Revolutionary war.

As the child's terror subsides, she is slowly drawn into the sacred work and beliefs of her adoptive mother and of all the women of these Eastern tribes. Frances becomes Maconakwa, the Little Bear Woman of the Miami Indians. Then, long after the Indians are beaten and their last hope, Tecumseh, is killed, the Slocums hear word of their long-lost daughter and head out to Indiana to meet their beloved Frances. But for Maconakwa, it is a moment of truth, the test of whether her heart is truly a red one. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite James Thom book so far
What a story!! And it's true!

This is serious historical fiction. Long and descriptive and SO worth the effort to read. I am in awe of James Alexander Thom's dedication to authenticity and his exquisitely detailed storytelling. When I read Panther in the Sky, I figured none of his other books could be as good. I was wrong, lucky me.

The Red Heart details the life of Frances Slocum from age five until her death at age 74 in 1847. Frances was a Quaker girl in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania. She was stolen by Delaware (Lenapeh) Indians when she was five years old. To us it sounds barbaric, but many Indians felt justified in taking white children as replacements for their own children who were killed by white soldiers.

Frances quickly adapted and was assimilated into the Lenapeh life, and later, through marriage, the Miamis. She had numerous opportunities to come forth and be taken back among the white people. Instead, she carefully covered her bright red hair and avoided contact with those who might suspect who she was. Her skin was white but her heart was red, and she chose to stay with her adopted people.

The Slocums, her birth family, never stopped looking for her no matter how many years went by. Their efforts are an amazing part of the story as well. Her brothers went on numerous lengthy treks searching for her, and followed up every lead and rumor. It took real courage to travel unarmed among hostile Indians, as dictated by their Quaker beliefs. It's easy to get caught up in Frances' new life among the Indians, but the author always takes you back and reminds you that she had a wonderful family who loved her and suffered from their loss.

I just can't say enough good things about Thom and the way he brings these stories to life while remaining true to historical records. He provides detailed Author's Notes at the end of his books, where he gives his sources and clearly explains how much is fact and how much he had to fill in with his own store of knowledge and imagination.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Written
Once again, James Alexander Thom has written a wonderful story blended with our nation's history.It is hard to put this book down.I highly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent work
I could not put this book down once I started reading.
I am a big fan of James Alexander Thom, I have read several of his books and have more to read.
The story of the Red Heart is captivating.From the time of the kidnapping of little Frances Slocum to her transition into
Mackinakwa "little bear women" she goes from completely terrified to loving her Indian people to the end.
Very interesting book.
The only thing I have to say of this author is that he is very explicit in his writings.
I caution you, may not be suitable for the young folk.I believe that he goes into way to much detail on very personal matters.
I know in this book that Frances goes from girl to women, but we all know what happens......I don't think we need to hear it in such
GRAPHIC details.For me, that was the only draw back, I just had to skip over some parts.
James Thom is such a wonderful author, his books can stand on their own without all the sexual explicitness.If I wanted to read a book like that I would pick up a harlequin novel.
Outside that, in my eyes, this book would have been the perfect early american history novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Tear Jerker
This is the second book I've read by Thom and I found it very enjoyable, despite the saddening subject throughout the entire book. The time and place comes to life and the characters are vivid. You really feel heart wrenched as you read this book, first for the Slocums and their lost relative, then for the natives who adopted Frances and made there her own. Reading any novel that discusses Native Americans causes me great sadness, since the stories of their lives after European invasion is nothing but murder, rape, thievery and displacement. In all honesty, the natives should have killed us all off in the mid 1600's when they had the chance. The Natives are good people, as the natives in the story are, and they deserved the peace and land that were rightfully theirs. This is a good book, but keep some tissues nearby.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating taste of historical novel
The Red Heart has introduced me to many Indian tribes and their customs.The ceremony for the good crops is lovely, strong and similar to Christian prayers for the bounty of the land.The heroine, a 6 year-old girl abducted by the raiding Indians is well received and loved in her new home.She is trying to remember her old life in a loving Quaker family and her English vocabulary, but she adapts well to the Leneh people and their language.Have not completed the book yet and I am interested to see if she remains with her Indian captors or escapes to go "home".This is an interesting story for teens andadults. ... Read more

6. Panther in the Sky
Mass Market Paperback: 704 Pages (1990-02-13)
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"Thom shows how, in honest, capable hands, fictionalized biography can add verisimilitude to the life and times of this extraordinary America....The dialogue has the ring of reality about it....Thom is able to get into the thoughts and emotions of his characters...."
Rich, colorful and bursting with excitment, this remarkable story turns James Alexander Thom's power and passion for American history to the epic story of Tecumseh's life and give us a heart-thumping novel of one man's magnificent destiny--to unite his people in the struggle to save their land and their way of life from the relentless press of the white settlers.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond five stars
This is simply the best piece of historical fiction I have ever read.
Sean O'Reilly, Editor-at-Large, Travelers Tales. No one has captured the soul and character of the American Indian like Thom

5-0 out of 5 stars It is like you are there living in an indian village
I have read this book three times and I love the way the story is told.It feels as if you are in the story.Sometimes, even though you know it is not true, you begin to believe they will win.

5-0 out of 5 stars Panthe In The Sky
I love this book.It is masterfully written. I have given it as gifts,

5-0 out of 5 stars dee's review
It was very well written, very informative, sad, but true..a very good book i would read it again.

4-0 out of 5 stars An amazing look at a forgotten piece of history
I was one of those unfortunate people who came to American history late -- a childhood of having it pounded into my head by teachers who had little passion for the subject must have been the cause, I think. So over the last few years, I've been slowly dipping my toes into the sometimes murky waters of American history. And finding myself more intrigued as I go.

One of the examples has been the top-notch PBS television series, The American Experience, which has been one of the best example of what television can be -- and usually isn't. A recent production has been We Shall Remain, a remarkable look at history from the Native American experience. One of the episodes was about Tecumseh, a chief of the Shawnee, who was resolved to not just hold off the invasion of his homeland by the whites but keep them out for good.

Which led me to this novel by James Alexander Thom. Panther of the Sky, which looks at Tecumseh's story from the time of his birth until his death, and his family and tribe. Born on a night of omens -- a shooting star that blazes green in the night sky -- Tecumseh knows that he is destined for great things.

His siblings are no less intriguing -- an older brother is a well-respected warrior, his sister, Sky Watcher, is wise in traditional knowledge and in helping others. But his younger brother, Loud Noise, the youngest in a miraculous set of triplets, seems to have as many bad traits as Tecumseh has good. He lies, he tricks, he becomes a slave to alcohol, and seems intent on doing nothing with his life.

Throughout the story, there is the ever present menace of the Long Knives, the white settlers from a newly created United States, intent on crossing the Appalachian mountains and taking the fertile valleys and forests of the eastern Mississippi for themselves. Tecumseh's people, the Shawnee, are just as determined to keep them out, and Tecumseh is one of the more vocal -- and able -- opponents. But again and again, we see white generals and troops breaking treaties, the British either supplying not enough aid, or simply turning their backs, and more bitterness growing on both sides.

Throughout it all, Tecumseh simply will not give up. He has a great dream in mind, one where all Indians will have a permanent homeland, and to live without white inclusions and broken treaties. And in one amazing turnaround, Loud Noise has a life-changing experience that seems to bring to life all of the prophecies and creates a wave of renewed spirit...

While I knew from the start of this book what the eventual outcome was going to be, I was still interested enough to keep reading and wanting to know more. Thom creates a world that most of us can hardly imagine -- and one that Hollywood tends to get wrong -- and does it with plenty of zeal and passion. I found all of the characters interesting, even the detestable Loud Noise, and the little details of Shawnee life and customs giving a welcome break from the battle sequences.On a personal level, it was also interesting in that many of my maternal ancestors were part of that push into the Ohio valley during the turn of the nineteenth century, and it helped to see the view from the other side of the river as it were.

And now for the downside of this book. It's _long,_ coming in at over seven hundred pages, and at times, it simply drags. While I can appreciate Thom's attempt to recreate the Shawnee's life and way of looking at the universe, there are times when the narrative just drags on. While the battle sequences and occasional scenes of daily life and good times, the story takes on a heavy ponderous tone at times, especially when the scourge of the Long Knives is mentioned. Too, the storytelling at times slides into the over-romantic, with names given with the syllables hyphenated, even O-hi-o, which is one glaring example. The Native Americans speak in heroic statements, and nearly all of the whites are nasty, dirty, and duplicitous. By halfway through the book, I was starting to get irritated and wondering if Thom was being paid by the word.

Still -- despite the flaws, this is still a good read. I found the story of Tecumseh and his people to be a fascinating one, and while Thom's writing tends to fall into the overblown at times, it's still a good read. Even with the problems, I would still give it a four star rating.

Recommended. ... Read more

7. Saint Patrick's Battalion
by James Alexander Thom
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-11)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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They were proud and doomed, Irish rogue cannoneers under a green silk banner, fighting against their former comrades-in-arms to defend Catholic Mexico against the invading U.S. Army.

Their choices were to win, die in battle, or hang as deserters. To the Mexicans they were heroic saviors, but they were seen as despicable traitors by the West Point officers who faced their grapeshot and cannonballs on every major battlefield Matamoros to Mexico City.

Survivors of the Irish battalion's deadly gunnery would later lead armies against each other in Civil War, many of them - Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Braxton Bragg - ironically deemed the same sort of traitors. This astonishing true tale from an almost forgotten war is told through the eyes of two boys who know and admire the idealistic Irish leader John Riley: an Army camp errand boy who keeps a diary, and a Mexican military school cadet whose widowed mother becomes the Irishman's tragic lover. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Saint Patricks Battalion
Number 1 the book is great, The author writes wonderful books, and this was no exception. Hope he can keep them coming.

I am so happy with you all for taking back the hard cover, and returning my money for that and sending the soft cover.

4-0 out of 5 stars St. Patrick's Battalion in the Mexican-American War
Quite simply, this is a wonderful and fascinating book.Like One Man's Hero, it provides background to enable an understanding of why Irish immigrants in the American army would have switched sides to defend Mexico.

1-0 out of 5 stars America is bad!Bad, Bad, Bad!!!
Having read all of Thom's novels I am increasingly disappointed at his slide into sterotypical, revisionist story telling.Reading Mr Thom's novels starting with From Sea to Shining Sea, where Americans are brave, noble frontier folk you can follow the descent of the pioneers to brutish, amoral thugs interested only in killing as many indians as possible while stealing their land.Native Americans however become ever more noble and without blemish as persecution by the evil whites increases.
Even taking into account the realities of frontier history, such simplistic stereotyping (Indian=good, Whiteman=bad) ruins what were once enjoyable novels of America's early years transforming them into just more "Evil American" trash.
This is the last time Thom suckers me out of the price of a book.

2-0 out of 5 stars A disappointment (a history teacher's review)
To start, let me establish my bonafides as a fan of Mr. Thom's work. Three of his novels sit on a shelf less than two feet from this computer. I have the featured review on one of his novels ("The Red Heart"). One of his books is on my Favorite Books List on my profile page.

So, I approached this book with much hope. Instead of his usual quality, I found this book to be simplistic, with less detail and bent on beating two points home time after time: the Irish were treated brutally and shamefully by the U.S. army during the Mexican War and the Mexican War was an unjust war.

Thom makes it clear in the opening dedication and acknowledgments that he is against the Iraq War and quite clearly he is drawing analogies between the two. However, Thom never really gets off of his twin focuses on the unjust war and the unjust treatment of the Irish. He never gets to his real strengths in his other books - bringing the reader into another world and teaching us about larger movements in history, but also about the day-to-day lives and goings on of our ancestors. Thom rarely gets beyond the superficial and that is a shame - and a loss to Thom's loyal readers because when his books are good they are fantastic.

Thom's format is the main cause of the failure of this book to be as excellent as his others. His chosen format is a diary of a 10-12 year old Irish-American boy (Quinn) with the U.S. Army and the remembrances of a Mexican man (Juvero)about his experiences during the war as a young boy 16 years later. The diary entries are the better of the two, but are often sketchy. The remembrances are very repetitive and full of Spanish phrases that must be annoying to readers who don't know any Spanish. He often comments about Manifest Destiny, the Irish and America's arrogance. It gets old - not that he wasn't right, but he made his point early and often - it's time to move on. I must admit that I started skimming his sections. I think that Juvero says it best on page 256: "Que Rollo! My preachings are a bore!"

So, to sum up: not his best work. I recommend you read any other Thom book before this one. My grade: D+.

5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing New Look Into The Mexican/American War
Mr. Thom's novel, Saint Patrick's Battalion, ia a refreshing new look into the U.S. invasion of Mexico in 1846.Through Mr. Thom's description of the men (mostly Irish Catholics) who comprised the St. Patrick's Battalion, we are provided with a realistic account of the invasion itself and of the noble reasons that scores of Irish-born U.S. Soldiers switched sides and joined the Mexican Army to defend a weaker, Catholic nation. And they did it willingly and with the knowledge that they would face the gallows if American forces should defeat the Mexican Army, which of course they did.I recommend this book to anyone who has ever questioned the "manifest destiny" philosohpy that was used to justify the war against Mexico.

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8. An Expedition of Discovery into the Interior of Africa, through the Hitherto Undescribed Countries of the Great Namaquas, Boschmans, and Hill Damaras: Volume 2
by James Edward Alexander
Paperback: 326 Pages (2001-10-05)
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9. Sign-Talker: The Adventure of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
by James Alexander Thom
Kindle Edition: 512 Pages (2010-08-06)
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In his extraordinary body of work, James Alexander Thom does more than bring the past to life; he makes us experience history as if we were witnessing it for the first time. Thom's new novel is an enthralling adventure with fascinating real-life characters--and a heart-grabbing narrative that casts a vivid light on a momentous chapter in American history.

Sign-Talker begins just after the Louisiana Purchase. Thomas Jefferson has sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to penetrate the newly acquired territory, journey up the Missouri River, cross the Rocky Mountains, and reach the glimmering sea in the far West. To survive, the two captains need an extraordinary hunter who will be able to provide the expedition with fresh game, and a sign-talker to communicate with the native tribes. They choose George Drouillard. It is Drouillard, an actual historical figure, who becomes our eyes and ears on this unforgettable odyssey.

Drouillard, a metis raised among the Shawnee, cannot fathom what drives the two men. Nor can he help but admire their ingenuity and courage as they tackle the journey into the unknown. Along the way, he watches as they shrewdly shape and discipline their force, adding French-Canadian rivermen--to guide the expedition up the Missouri--and an Indian woman, Sacagawea, who will play a crucial role in negotiations with the Western tribes.

After plunging into an unforgiving land and near madness, the two captains celebrate a triumphant achievement. But the glory will soon be eclipsed by an overwhelming tragedy that will touch not only Meriwether Lewis and the frontier tribes but George Drouillard himself. A magnificent tale told with intelligence and insight, Sign-Talker is full of song and suffering, humor and pathos. James Alexander Thom has created the rarest reading experience: one that entertains us even as it shows us a new vision of our nation, our past, and ourselves.

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4-0 out of 5 stars George Drouillard, A Forgotten Hero
George Drouillard - A forgotten hero - Outside of the captains of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, he was the most valuable member.Half Shawnee / Half French, he had the language, and hand sign language skills to communicate with the Indian tribes they met. This book gives the story from a half breed Indian from his eyes.Slightly different from the view from the white American side.He was one of the first of the mountain men.Died too early.

3-0 out of 5 stars sign talker
I received the book quickly. The book was in the condition as described by the site. I received it and the pages were readable, but there were some water stains, and the book was old. It made for an interesting read from a different character's perspective. The book was a good price, which mattered a lot to me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but could do without the PC
I had just finished this book last week. To some of the critics, we must remember that this book was written as a novel, meaning the author took great liberty with history. Still I thought is was a bit more accurate on the man, who was simply known as the other Indian of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. I do agree with the author that Lewis and Clark were both white supremacists and Lewis was highly unstable. Still they deserve some recognition for what they accomplished, however noone should forget that they didn't do it by themselves. The Corps of Discovery would've failed if it wasn't for Sacajawea and George Drouillard. Not too mention it should be noted that along with York being the first black man too ever vote, Drouillard and Sacajawea were the first American Indians to ever vote. I think this book would make a great epic film. Eddie Spears(from Black Cloud) would definitely stand out in playing George Drouillard.

1-0 out of 5 stars intrusive author
Georges Drouillard has long been one of my heros. The real George Drouillard, who lived 200 years ago, was a real life hero who was absolutely key to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition. His great skill as scout and hunter repeatedly saved the crew from going hungry. This book however is not about that Georges Drouillard. It's about some modern American 'sensitive' male with all the usual politically correct viewpoints about how evil and nasty white Americans are. In addition to the unremitting harping about the stupid 'whitemen', thebook constantly hints that Drouillard was victimized as a youth by homosexual Catholic 'black robes'. The author has plugged this imaginary ideal flower boy into the character of Drouillard. Very unfair to the real Georges Drouillard, the real man and hero, who died some years after the expedition in an amazing but ultimately unsuccessful single-handed self-defensive battle against a band of Blackfeet. In my opinion, the author, Thom, has shamefully raped the image of a fine man in order to indulge in his own agenda. Any readers out there looking for this kind of stuff, go ahead and read the book. Otherwise, forget it...

3-0 out of 5 stars Good detail, but too "politically correct"
The strength of this book lies in the masterful detail. James Alexander Thom invokes the sights, sounds, and (sometimes unpleasant) smells of the Lewis & Clark expedition with unfailing attention to detail. His knowledge of the expedition and early-American life is impressive. Unfortunately, other aspects of the book don't live up to the same level of quality. Thom strikes the same note over and over - the whites are clueless destroyers, the Indians are mystic children of nature, and the overall tone of the Lewis & Clark Expedition was cynicism and greed. About halfway through, when I realized the book had no other insights to offer, I grew weary of the righteousness of the main character George Droulliard and was ready to skip to the end. Thom's portrait of Lewis as a raving, incompetent jerk seems like a literary device thrown in to create more conflict, instead of really trying to analyze the man's character. Similarly, Thom paints Droulliard as a near saint, ignoring the fact that he owned at least one slave. I enjoyed this book for the interesting detail, but I could've done without all the "political correctness." ... Read more

10. An exposition of the causes and character of the late war between the United States and Great-Britain
by Alexander James Dallas
Paperback: 74 Pages (2010-05-13)
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more

11. Scourby KJV Audio Bible: King James Version, Dramatized
Audio CD: Pages (2002-05-30)
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The world's best-loved translation of the Bible is brought to life in this powerful, word-for-word narration by renowned dramatist Alexander Scourby. The regular edition features voice only, while the ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a wonderful way to spend a little time everyday with the Bible while doing other things.Alexander Sourby's voice is the "gold Standard", and the dramatization brings it to life. ... Read more

12. Staying Out of Hell
Mass Market Paperback: Pages (1985-06-12)
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James Alexander Thom, bestselling author of two magnificent historical novels, says about his modern novel, Staying Out of Hell:

"Like my character, Scotty Montgomery, I grew up in the idyllic prewar Midwest, was a Marine, and later a journalist appalled by the apparent cheapness of life and the world's casual disregard for human suffering. Like my protagonist, I am unable to reconcile my country's two roles: the citadel of humane idealism, and the leading world merchant of death-dealing weapons.I hope by this novel to awaken our benumbed souls to the awful absurdities with which we live." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Riveting and hard to put down
It has been some time since I read this book, but I remember it well, simply because it kept me spellbound.The story is very good, the writing even better.Thom is a superb writer, nuanced and polishedwhich makesreading this book a real pleasure. ... Read more

13. The Children of First Man
by James Alexander Thom
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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific pre-history of America
There are so many tantalizing hints that the Celts and other northern adventurers explored America long before Columbus. This book wonderfully explores this notion with a fictional pre-history that may not be very far from the truth at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book EVER!
My dad suggested this book to me right before I went to Europe for two weeks, and I was skeptical, but I started reading anyway. Well, I became so engrossed in the book that I just had to take it with me. I couldn't put it down! I ended up spending a significant amount of my vacation reading this book. Thom is an amazing storyteller, and his research is impeccable. His characters are diverse and fleshed-out, and it moves and evolves very organically. Though he goes into extreme detail sometimes, it definitely brings you closer to the character. You feel like you're in their skin. The Children of First Man has become the book by which I judge all others. Nothing else quite measures up. I think it's safe to say that this is my favorite book of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars historical fiction
This is a indepth and well written book for those who love historical fiction. Thom takes youthere and back, in the legend of the lost welsh men in America.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Shall Forever Remember My Time With Thom's Book
I read this book several years ago when it first came out in paperback.I was perhaps twentyat the time and had not picked up a novel since high school.How lucky I was that it was "The Children of First Man", for it was so engrossing it spawned a love affair with literature that has lasted, particularly the epic.This would be a great first book for one who would like to try an epic, as the plot moves quick, action intense, and since the charectors change from generation to generation the plot isn't too complex as to be difficult to follow.

To this day this is my favorite novel.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nothing special.
This is the only Thom book I've read, so I can't say if his others are better.

The characters were never filled out, just killed off occasionally to move the story forward in time. In addition, the author tells the same story that we've seen and read a thousand times before: white people horrible, Native Americans all beautiful, decent, and spiritual. That narrative is crowded with much better stories than this novel. Try Dances with Wolves or Little Big Man, instead.

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14. The Holy Bible, King James Version
Audio CD: 62 Pages (2004-12)
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Holy Bible narrated by Alexander Scourby on 60 CDs plus 2 dramatized CDs featuring reading of the New Testament also narrated by Alexander Scourby. The complete Bible on 60 CDs is packaged in a black vinyl zippered case. The bonus CDs take you on a journey through the Life of Christ. Experience the Life, the Passion and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in this drama filled two CD audio book.Attractively packaged in a contemporary full color tin with carrying strap. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Bible CD Set King James Version
Well satisfied with The Holy Bible CD Set.Very fast delivery time.Thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Holy Bible - Kings James Verson
I purchased these CDs for my mother-in-law who is unable to see very well and has trouble getting to church like she use to.She is 87 and loves the Lord. She listens to these CDs everyday and sometimes all day. We live in different states so I haven't hear them personally. I am just glad that she is able to hear Gods word now that she can't read the word.

5-0 out of 5 stars Faith comes by hearing . . .
Alexander Scourby puts just the right amount of emphasis for drama and life into his narration to make the bible picturesque in your mind. It's wonderful to follow along in your bible while the CDs play and you hear the word of God. Reading silently along while listening is a somewhat slower way to read the bible, but it's more effective and interesting.

All the CDs that I've listened to (have listened to some repeatedly, others not yet), play well. Several CDs have their internal labels messed up though. The CD that contains the book of Ezra, for example, is labeled correctly on he outside of the CD, but may have the chapters for the book of Matthew listed when you put it in your CD player. Alexander Scourby still reads Ezra, but when you resume your reading, it's difficult to know where to start the CD again. Seems to me there must be poor quality control when making this CD Bible. Yet I wouldn't sell, trade, or loan my copy out to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production, Poor Copies
I am enthralled with Alexander Scourby's reading of the King James Version of the Bible.While listening to him read, I have heard things that I missed while reading for myself.This set of CDs is a valuable tool for the believer who wants to "hide" the Word in the heart.The only problem I have with this product is that of the quality of the CDs themselves.I had to return the first set because it contained 3 bad CDs.My replacement has 5 bad CDs.Because I value the product, I decided to keep this set on the premise that the third set might be just as bad or worse.Even one bad CD is unfortunate.Five is extremely disappointing. But the Word is good nonetheless.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent product
This is all that my family and I had hoped it to be.
excellent cd's and an unexpected nice leather case to keep them in.
Thank You for such a great product at such a LOW price!!!! ... Read more

15. Precious and the Puggies: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case (Scots Edition)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Hardcover: 96 Pages (2010-03-31)
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This is a brand new, previously unpublished story from Alexander McCall Smith. A world first from Itchy Coo, this is a brand new book for younger readers, telling the story of the girlhood adventures of Precious Ramotswe, founder of the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Written by one of the world's favourite authors, Alexander McCall Smith, and translated into Scots by award winning author, James Robertson, this story will not be available in any other language until 2011. The Scots is simple and accessible, and a glossary will be provided for those not familiar with Scots words. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars D'Ye Ken Yon Precious?
I eagerly await the arrival of each story concerning Mma Ramotswe, not only for an engaging plot, but for the flavor of the language, which to me is part of my picture of Botswana.

I can appreciate that, as a Scot, Mr McCall Smith is extremely pleased to have his work translated into Scots. However, for me, the flavor of Botswana is completely missing.

I will never lend this book to anyone, nor retain it in my permanent library, should it ever be available on e-reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
This wonderful book features Precious Ramotswe (The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency)as a girl solving her first case.The book is translated into Scots which makes it extreemly entertaining and fun to read.Most words are very easy to pick up and there is a glossary in the back for words that aren't obvious.You learn as you go along.I found this book to be totally delightful.I love reading it out loud.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, it is in Scots, as advertised, and it's wonderful!
I am totally charmed by this book, even after a fairly long wait! Yes, it is in "Scots," and if you'll just persist by reading out loud, and consulting the glossary, you'll have it wired soon. So past the issue of the language, the story is lovely and completely accessible to a person whose (only) language is English. But then I'm a Precious Ramotswe fan, since the beginning and after all 11 other books. So fun to have a grade-school story of Precious. A prequel, if you will. I loved it, and if you work for it a bit so will you!

1-0 out of 5 stars Wrong language
This book is ONLY available in Scots.You can find that out in the ad, but it is not readily apparent.Such a limitation should be in BOLD CAPITAL letters.
I couldn't read it, so I returned it.There was no problem in returning it. ... Read more

16. Thoughts On Family Worship
by James W. Alexander, Daniel M. Romer
Paperback: 184 Pages (2010-09-28)
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5-0 out of 5 stars literally life transforming
This book has changed thousands of lives, mine included.If you are curious about the nature or value of family devotional time in the Christian home, you will find this book to be a godsend.

Alexander'streatment of the many benefits of family worship inspired us to make aregular habit of household devotions.It has truly been a blessing. ... Read more

17. Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Life, Times and Legend of James Dean
by Paul Alexander
Paperback: 336 Pages (1997-05-01)
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Explores the personal struggles of the powerful actor and explains how Dean's sexual ambivalence and hidden homosexuality affected his life and made him such a believable on-film rebel. Reprint." ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Clunky, Juvenile, Trashy, Tabloidish, Terrible
Alexander attempts to pass speculation off as fact, assumption off as research, and pages of garbage off as a book.The sole focal points of this wretched attempt at biography are to "out" Dean as gay, deify his mother, vilify his father, and that's pretty much it.Subtitling it, "The Life, Times and Legend of James Dean" is a joke, since I learned more about Alexander than the movie icon.It's one thing to be interested in the sexuality of others, and another to desperately twist and grasp at whatever is available to prove an unprovable point.Alexander is obsessed in a childish, amateur way.

Where were Penguin and its editors in the process of bringing this book to market?Alexander's writing style is torturous.Unsubstantiated stories are disguised as fact without any backup whatsoever.The word "seems" appears too many times to count.Comma abuse abounds, as do poor grammar and sentence structure.It is an excruciating, arduous read.

So sit down, grab a nice cup of coffee and a good book, and use this one as kindling.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
This is the first book I've read about James Dean.It is very interesting and sometimes disturbingly erotic.If all accounts are accurate, then he led a whirlwind, albeit short, life.I would suggest it for anyone even mildly interested in this legendary actor.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't read
This is a horrible biography of James Dean. I didn't feel like I could believe half of the stuff that was written. I would not recommend that anyone read this. Especially if you are new to James Dean..do not start with this!!

2-0 out of 5 stars More of the usual subjective perception and creative projection
Jimmy biographies often say as much about the writer as they do about their subject.Books by women with whom he had affairs often suggest he was primarily straight; books by gay men often suggest he was essentially gay.The fact of the matter is, he had an equal number of sexual relationships with men and women so if we're to be intellectually honest, we have to say he was bisexual.Anything beyond that is personal projection and that type of projection is in evidence a lot in this book.Unless you've read a LOT of biographies (as I have over thirty-five years of Dean fandom), it would be hard to know where Jimmy leaves off and the author's sexual fantasies begin. But it's not nearly as badly written as some other similar biographies are.

1-0 out of 5 stars Paul Alexander Needs To Be Shot
It is incredibly dissappointing to always find this book in the biography section in any bookstore or library. I definately agree with everything the first 3 reviewers have said and i'm not going to say it all again but I would like to warn any Dean fan or interested reader to stear clear of this and ANY book written by John Gilmore (who the author claims he interviewed for hours in researching this book). Gilmore claims to have been the close confidant and sometimes bed partner of James Dean and just about every pop icon of the 60's. It is clear that Mr. Alexander had one objective and that was to instill in everyone's mind that this cultural icon was a homosexual. I couldn't care less what James Deans' sexual orientation was. Myself, I think Dean was bi-sexual. After reading many books and articles and seeing documentaries on JD, I think it is undeniable that he had an affair with at least Rogers Brackett (who helped him with his career) but one only has to hear Julie Harris speak of seeing James Dean and Pier Angeli together to realize that he indeed loved her. One should keep in mind that James Dean was not a porn star so his sexuality isn't important. The man starred in only 3 films yet has a profound effect on people born decades after his life. How did that happen? I doubt who the man slept with has anything to do with it. I'll give you a few titles of some good books on Dean that I have read. "Surviving James Dean" -written by Bill Bast, Dean's close friend and often roommate who could have invented stories and embellished others but instead wrote an honest and heartbreaking story. "Little Boy Lost" by Joe Hyaams -very informative and seemingly well researched. "Dizzy & Jimmy" by Elizabeth (Dizzy) Sheridan -very romantic and also heartbreaking. "James Dean" -written by George Perry but featuring never before seen photos from the family's private collection. "James Dean, American Icon" by David Dalton - the pictures make this a good coffee table book. "Live Fast, Die Young; The Wild Ride Of Making "Rebel Without A Cause" -Excellent, well researched and very informative. ... Read more

18. The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction
by James Alexander Thom
Paperback: 256 Pages (2010-02-24)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not much about writing
While this book is interesting, and the author is certainly good at his job, very little of the book is actually about writing (or preparing to write). There are many discussions of being faithful to history, truth vs fiction, and the book is filled with examples of how good the author is at resolving such issue. But only a few chapters deal with the actual questions of writing, research, and the mechanics of dealing with the past. While this is an interesting book for those interested in historical fiction, it's not very useful for anyone hoping to write such fiction.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction
James A. Thom is one of my favorite authors of historical fiction so I was delighted to see he has recently published this 'how-to' book on the writing of historical fiction.I've read a few other books on writing historical fiction, all of which failed to inspire me, were dull reading, and in one case even undermined my confidence to attempt to tackle such writing.

Thom's new book, THE ART AND CRAFT OF WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION is not only informative and interesting, but humorous as well. Reading Thom's book is like being coached by your favorite teacher.Finally! I found an instruction book that is motivational and has provided me with the confidence to complete a story I've been researching for the past several years.

One of the very best examples of historical fiction writing is Thom's book FOLLOW THE RIVER.James A. Thom is not only a great story teller who is true to history, but also an excellent writing coach.I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in writing historical fiction.

Jean M.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and entertaining
Perfect for anyone wanting to write period fiction. If you want your historical novel to seem authentic and smack of truth, this book is offering you the keys.James Thom has an incredibly engaging voice-sort of like sitting down to listen to your grandfather tell a story. This book does more than just instruct; it's humorous, insightful and entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Coaching through the pages...
As a thirty plus year writer and much of it in the history and culture of Hawai'i, this book was like having Mr. Thom sitting in front of me as a writing coach! It's written with a great dose of humor, reading lists of other books, and lots of great tips on wending your way through history to find the magic of story...making the 'then' seem like 'now'!!! If you're writing historical fiction or even want to 'see' the magic of how it's done, read this book!

The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction
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19. The One That Got Away
by Victoria Alexander, Eloisa James, Cathy Maxwell, Liz Carlyle
Mass Market Paperback: 384 Pages (2004-11-01)
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In passionate love stories from four of romance's most prominent authors, meet women who've spent years thinking they've missed their shot at Mr Right – only to discover that fate is handing them one more chance.to win back the love of the one who got away!

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1-0 out of 5 stars Yawn!A snoozer.
The Trouble With Charlotte by Victoria Alexander: 91 pages. Charlotte has been widowed for 7 years and is about to become engaged to a safe and steady man who is a sharp contrast to the rogue she impetuously married when she was only 18 years old. Imagine her surprise when Hugh returns! He wasn't dead, but merely suffering from amnesia caused by war injuries. He claims to have changed, and so has she. Can they recapture their love, or is it time for them to move on? This is a sweet story, but not very believeable or convincing. Charlotte's two widowed friends are introduced, and it would have been nice to learn what happens to them too.

Much Ado About Twelfth Night by Liz Carlyle: 92 pages. It took me so long to prod through this short story because I had trouble connecting with it and following along with the plot. Although I forced myself to finish it, I can't even summarize the story. It was that confusing and totally boring.

A Fool Again by Eloisa James: 87 pages. My favorite story in the book. At seventeen, Genevieve was on her way to Gretna Green to elope with the wild and passionate Tobias when her father caught up with them, dragged her back home and forced her to marry the much older Erasmus to save her reputation. When shrewd and ruthless Erasmus died seven years later, he stipulated in his will that Genevieve must marry one of his business partners after a two year mourning period in order to inherit his estate. Upon hearing that Genevieve was now a widow, Tobias returned from India, where he had retreated to soothe his wounds and make his fortune after being jilted. Genevieve had her sights set on marrying the snake-like Felton to fulfill her husband's will, however how could she resist the charm and passion of her first and only true lover?

Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell: 73 pages. A cute sexy story. Jemma had always lived her life to please her family, giving up her true love Dane to marry a titled man. Now she was widowed and destitue, and her family was once again dependent upon her to save them. In a drunken stupor, her brother Cris challenges Dane to a duel. After not seeing each other for many years, Jemma approaches Dane, asking him to call off the duel and spare her brother's life. He is agreeable, only if she submits to a night of passionate lovemaking with him. The two fall in love again, and Jemma is torn between following her heart or following the demands of her family obligations.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some good, some not so...
I read all 4 of these authors. James rarely fails; I generally like Carlyle, too. Alexander and Maxwell are a bit more hit or miss for me. These perceptions held true in this anthology.

Alexander's was my least favorite. I remember my gasp when Captain Robb showed up at the end of a previous book. Here's the story, and it's bland and disappointing. It was not helped by Marcus, Earl of Pennington telling the story. Him, I like, just not his telling the story. The device was simply awkward.

Maxwell's wasn't top notch either. It was a pretty ordinary humdrum plot with a less than likeable heroine and a hero who seemed easily duped. Both hers and Alexander's seemed rushed and almost trite. Carlyle's and James' were more complex.

It's hard to decide whether to give the "best liked" label to Carlyle or James, but I think it goes to Carlyle by a hair. Her characters were interesting (lead and secondary), and although the reader could easily figure out what was happening, Carlyle made it fun to watch the characters grasp it piece by piece. James had strong leads as well and included a few unique elements, like the fair and the nature of the other suitor. There was more humor in Carlyle's story, but both sizzled where appropriate.

4 stars for these two, less for Alexander & Maxwell, leading to 3 stars overall.

4-0 out of 5 stars Get your hands on it
It's always difficult to rate anthologies when you like some stories but not others. At least 2 of the stories are 4-star; the others are 3.
I bought this book because of Carlyle and James, two of my favourite authors. But it was Alexander's story I enjoyed most: she's funny and I look for that in my romance reading. I've read her before and don't recall it being very witty..perhaps it's time to check again.
Carlyle's story, which hinges on misunderstandings, also sparkled, and while James' story was pretty passionate I couldn't really sympathise with Genevieve's motives. I've mentioned elsewhere that Maxwell isn't a favourite author and I found her story to have an ordinary plot, with predictable progress. People looking for passion will find plenty of it in her story though.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm glad this one didn't get away!
What a charming collection of stories!I haven't read all of these authors before but I'm certainly going to be looking for their books in the future.My absolute favorite was the Eloisa James story "A Fool Again" which was so delightful and romantic that it reminded me of why we should all be "fools for love" at one time in our life.Or in this case, twice!These stories are like delicious appetizers and now I'm starving for a main course.I'm off to the bookstore to find Ms. James' latest and to check out some of the books from the other authors too.

5-0 out of 5 stars four delightful historical romances
"The Trouble with Charlotte" by Victoria Alexander.Widow Charlotte may have lost her husband at sea, but knows to remain safe she must remarry.However, as she decides who to wed, the reported death of her spouse proves exaggerated as Captain Hugh Robb comes home with a need to be with his wife.

"Much Ado about Twelfth Night" by Liz Carlyle.Just out of the military, Rythorpe is panicking because Grandmama expects him to wed Sophie shortly.He asks Oliver for help as he wants to enjoy some civilian time before marrying.In an ironic comedy of errors, Oliver understands until he meets Sophie and soon wants to be the groom to the woman he loves.

"A Fool Again" by Eloisa James.Widow Genevieve is unhappy because her late husband placed an undesired stipulation in his will.She must remarry in two years or lose everything.The weighty Tobias is beneath her station, but wants her, not her money, while Lord Felton is her equal but could use an influx of pounds.Which muckworm will she choose?

"Nightingale" by Cathy Maxwell.Cris has to be an idiot challenging Dane to a duel, as the latter is the best.Jemma knows she must plead for her brother's life, but she thinks Dane must hate her as she rejected his suit several years ago,

These four novellas are delightful historical romances starring likable protagonists who readers will enjoy as they ponder to be wed or not to be wed for love.

Harriet Klausner
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20. James Patterson's The Murder of King Tut
by James Patterson, Alexander Irvine, Christopher J. Mitten, Ron Randall, Darwyn Cooke
Hardcover: 132 Pages (2010-11-23)
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The Murder of King Tut adapts bestselling author James Patterson's New York Times bestselling novel. As we visit the Egyptian landscapes back in the time of the Boy King, we also follow the trials and tribulations of his discoverer, Howard Carter, as he searches tomb after tomb searching for what most other archeologists are certain doesn't exist - the Tomb of Tutankhamen and the clues to his controversial and mysterious death. ... Read more

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