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The Smoke: New York

(Tales from a Revolution)

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As the quiet cycle of life in the forested realm of the Skarure is shattered by the outbreak of war between the British and Colonial forces, the old alliances of the Haudenosaunee Confederation are pulled in divergent directions, pitting brother against brother, even within the clans. Thrust into the middle of this maelstrom, young Joseph Killeen will rely upon the guidanc ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Brief Candle Press (first published December 28th 2013)
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Michelle Isenhoff
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lars Hedbor has proven himself a prolific indie author with the release of a third installment in his Tales of a Revolution series. The Smoke is a thought provoking look at the clash of cultures that took place during one of the most world-changing events in history—the Revolutionary War. In a microcosm of the broader conflict, Hedbor focuses on the challenges facing the Iroquois Confederacy (an alliance of five Indian nations), and more specifically, the Tuscarora tribe within the alliance. His ...more
Alex McGilvery
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Smoke is a book that achieves the almost impossible. It talks about the early interaction between the colonial settlers and the people of the Six Nations Confederacy without reverting to stereotypes. Both the aboriginal and the whites are portrayed as human. They have their strengths and their weaknesses, but they are not innately evil or good. I found this to be a very refreshing take on a time in history that was filled with a great deal of grief on all sides.

The book begins with a pair of
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Lisl
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the things I like best about Lars D.H. Hedbor’s novels is the rotating perspectives they take on: Revolutionary stories, which I have loved hearing since childhood from my father, told from points of view history generally skips over. In The Prize Caleb, a young boy growing up in Vermont, witnesses the birth of a new nation and he plays a significant role in the struggle his region encounters. Farther south in New Jersey, Quaker settlers in The Light have some hard choices to make as thei ...more
Amber Foxx
At first, I thought I was reading the parallel stories of two leaders in two different cultures during the American Revolution, Tanarou, a Tuscarora elder and Sgt. Howe of the Colonial New York militia, since the first two chapters open in these men’s points of view. The plot at first appeared to be about the progress of the war and the conflicts among the Iroquois confederacy, the Colonials, and the British. Then it became the stories of two younger warriors, Ginawo, a promising leader in his t ...more
Sara Gauldin
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was an informative and riveting look at the uneasy interactions between the American Colonials, The British Red Coats and the Iroquois and other tribes during the American Revolution. The story alternates from the vantage points. One perspective is of Iroquois warriors who are faced with the choices of choosing allegiances in a battle that will not consider their needs as fellow human beings. A secondary perspective allows for insight into the situation of a scout and foot soldier who ...more
Jeffrey Miller
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading Lars Hedbor's series of books about the Revolutionary War reminds me so much of one of my favorite American authors, James Fenimore Cooper. To be sure, Hedbor in his latest literary offering, The Smoke: Tales From a Revolution, not only takes us back in time to the Revolutionary War, but also brings the period to life with his keen eye for detail and his ability to capture the language (his background in linguistics and languages pays off dividends again) and culture of Native Americans. ...more
Jody Robinson
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Recommended to Jody by: Jan's Paperbacks
So far this is my favorite of Lars Hedbor's books. Though I was upset about 1 section (just an emotional response to part of the story line, I will not spoil the story).
I love that Lars takes ordinary people, tells their story about an extraordinary time and he does it well. It is so easy to place myself in these stories and wonder what I would have done under similar circumstances. Anyone interested in American history, and in particular the Revolution should read these books.
Kellie
3.5 A Revolution story told more from the Native American perspective. There were parts I wondered about as far as authenticity, but some of the author's notes addressed some of that. I did like that it told a story of sacrifice and community from the Indian perspective.
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This is a highly readable and fascinating account of the Indian tribes who were displaced and forced to align themselves with either the British or Colonial forces during the American Revolution. It presents the Native American perspective as well as that of an Indian captive, the latter through the character of Joseph Killeen. This duology marks it as an intelligent and poignant work of historical fiction. I definitely intend to read more of this series!
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What made the American Colonists turn their back on their King, and fight for independence? How were they different from us–and how were their hopes and fears familiar to our own hearts?

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