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The Scouts of the Valley
By Joseph A. Altsheler
Historical fiction
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July 2010
By Ann Chiappetta

This is the first book I’ve read by this author. Needless to say, I was so intrigued with it, that I read it twice. The story opens with a chapter in which the protagonist, Henry Ware finds himself being pursued by the English, Canadian loyalists and at least six tribes belonging to the Iroquois Nation.

The author grabs onto the reader from the first paragraph and doesn’t let go until the last page. Loosely based on the French and Indian war, the young Ware and his four Kentucky woodsman companions face blood thirsty enemies and cruel elements with courage and bravery, protecting the settlers and families being attacked and pushed from the Ohio River Valley.

The historic realism is expertly woven into every aspect of the narrative, from the firearms to the horrifying description of Queen Hester wielding her bloody tomahawk.

If you like historic fiction about the American Frontier, this book is for you.

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