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Eclipse: A Novel of Lewis and Clark

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Lewis and Clark: forever paired for their epochal first crossing of the continent in 1804-1806, darlings of the young republic, and the pride of Thomas Jefferson because they made his dream of a nation between two oceans come true.

Lewis and Clark: two great but very different men.

Plain-spoken William Clark, enjoys the triumphs and acclaim of the expedition, marries his ch
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Forge Books (first published May 31st 2002)
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Fallibility. After reading from Richard Wheeler’s lengthy list of historical western novels, I’m thinking fallibility is a special interest of this award-winning author. And it’s a difficult subject in a field of fiction that traditionally wants to pay tribute to the men who opened the West. In this story of Lewis and Clark, however, we are given a portrayal of exceptional men, who are also only human.

Eclipse, published in 2002, tackles the story of the suicide of Meriwether Lewis, only a few sh
This is a novel about Lewis and Clark once they got back from their journey. This novel holds the theory that Lewis contacted syphillis from a Shoshone on the journey. This theory holds that he was in the third stage and shot himself on a trip to see President Madison to settle his financial affairs.
The story rings true about the way the government wasn't forthcoming in paying it's obligations to Lewis and Clark and their men.
Will Clark and Merriweather Lewis both were forever changed by their grand adventure and Lewis in particular paid a heavy price.
I hadn't known till this book that there was a "mystery" surrounding Lewis's death. A few portions dragged, but on the whole it kept my attention. Watching Lewis's deterioration was pretty heart-wrenching at times, especially when contrasted with Clark's happiness.
Not a light read. Full of SAT vocabulary words. Very good book. Mr. Wheeler puts you back in time and you see first hand the life in the times of the Louisiana Purchase.
Dale Hoffman
Typical Richard S. Wheeler book this explores the death of Meriweather Clark and what may have happened to him.
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