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The Wind: West-Florida

(Tales from a Revolution)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The American Revolution Reaches the Gulf Coast

Gabriel is a simple sailor, doing the bidding of his Captain and King, when he is swept up in a storm that changes his life in ways that he could never have anticipated.

Carlotta yearns for her lost home, and is searching for her lost husband, but both remain elusive in a world that has been turned upside-down by forces far ou
Paperback, 220 pages
Published December 19th 2015 by Brief Candle Press
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Elena Alvarez Dosil
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Part of the War of Independence and the role of the Spanish in it, this episode in American History is often a forgotten one, and Hedbor had the ability to transmit and bring it to life, to make it known to our and future generations. The main characters in this story are Gabriel and Carlotta, with a romantic subplot that made the story more approachable.

I enjoyed reading about a part of History I was not familiar with. I maybe missed some more character development, but I understand that charac
Desiree reilly
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First i received the audio of the book and it about 5 hr long it was great listen to book the author told you the story of the revolution and then it tell you how it started and why.The war was rough on a lot of people some of them left the land and found a area were there no running water and they are on the island to survive they were promised a lot and got nothing but hurt and death.

The war started and then the Pioneer on the island are making it by the skin of there teeth through sickness an
Courtney Odor
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

The history of this era comes alive in this poignant and evocative story about colonists in West-Florida and Spanish involvement in the war. To be sure, Hedbor sheds light on events in Florida that have been overlooked in other fiction about this era. Like the other novels in this series, Hedb
Michelle Isenhoff
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve become a dedicated Lars Hedbor fan. In his Tales of a Revolution series, he takes little-known stories of the Revolutionary War and brings them to life with flair and beauty. Each one has deeply satisfied the history buff within me. And The Wind, in my opinion, is his most dramatic novel yet. The military action is not as intense, but the sea add an unpredictable element of danger. And I found the human story in this one to be the most compelling. But my favorite part of a Hedbor novel is a ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The American Revolution being part of a larger world war is an idea that many people don’t touch upon, or disagree as to the accuracy of such an association. However, it remains true that many British saw our rebellion as part of French technique to run them down, and Spanish losses during the Seven Years’ War influenced their involvement against the British when the thirteen colonies declared their independence. Surely not forgetting the seizure of Havana, the Spaniards set themselves up to avo ...more
Note: Even though this is part of a series, it works just fine as a stand alone novel.
I do love storms and shipwrecks and this story has both! A hurricane has shipwrecked many people and destroyed small towns as well. There are plenty of injured and dead. Gabriel is my favorite character and perhaps that is because he’s the first one we meet in the story, and he’s in dire straights. Carlotta found him and basically rescued him from the wreckage of the storm. She’s searching for her husband but h
Brian's Book Blog
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Historical Fiction Done Right

While not typically in genres that I read – The Wind was an awesome tale of Revolutionary War-time West-Florida and is really a story about people.

In the introductory chapters, we learn that there is a storm and that Gabriel lands on a beach in an attempt to shelter from the storm. In the morning a woman finds and greets him while looking for her lost husband. She heals Gabriel out with the help of her father. Once we get into the story we find out that there is much
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Again, we see the events of this time through the eyes of a few people. They are not integral to the decisions made at this time. They are average people trying to deal with their position in life during this tumultuous time.
Gabriel gets washed up on shore when the ship he was on (that was headed up river to attack Baton Rouge) gets wrecked in a storm. He is found by Carlotta while she’s out looking for her husband who was lost in the storm. The locals (who were relocated by Govenor Galvez) tak
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is a historical fiction story set during the Revolutionary War. Here, the story takes place in the South [Florida, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico]. Gabriel is a sailor but has been washed ashore after a storm. He is found by Carlotta, who is searching for her hisband after the storm. She nurses him back to health. Spain has entered the Revolutionary War and Gabriel is recruited
Paula Dyches
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've listened to two of his other books and this one was just as much fun. This author really does a great job bringing history to life. I found this particular story more engaging and entertaining because it was a story I was not familiar with. We hear a lot about Boston, New York and other well known cities and battles during the Revolution, but he likes to take the lesser-known areas and battles and display them in his stories. The narrator did a fantastic job with the character voices and th ...more
Did you know that the city of Galveston is named for an important Spanish leader of the Battle of Mobile in 1780? Do you have the imagination to envision life aboard a merchant vessel that year during several hurricanes? Read about all of it from the perspective of one Spanish seaman who goes from the river trade to a war involving the British, Spain, and the treacherous weather of the North side of the Gulf of Mexico. The book is excellent for too many reasons to list, and the narration by Sham ...more
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the rest, There was a large part of the story dedicated to the community that rescued him after his first shipwreck, (which I enjoyed the most), then at the end they're together again, but all the time in between, as he was on the different voyages and campaigns was hard to follow. So many different characters and locations, I just couldn't keep them straight. Then it was like the ending rushed by and I had missed his reunion.
The narration was great, and I'm
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
History I never knew told in a fascinating way.I loved it! I will have to look for more from this author.Shamaan Casey has a wonderful voice and talent for narrating this book.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.
Nov 09, 2020 marked it as interviews-and-guest-posts
Want to know more about the Tales from a Revolution series? Check out this series interview with Lars D.H. Hedbor: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... ...more
Jeffrey Miller
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When one thinks of America's Revolutionary War, some of the things that might come to mind would be Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, and Crossing the Delaware. These and other events, as well as personalities such as George Washington, Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, are what most people know about the war.

However, in Lars Hedbor's sweeping fictionalization of the war, he reminds readers that there was much more to the war than the basic historical accounts
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Enjoyable historical fiction with boatloads (pun intended) of trivial little-known facts and the monumental impact our friends from other countries contributed to our Independence.

A bit heavy with the romance in the first third created a hindrance with my ability to complete this in a more timely manner.

I loved this narrator! I’d never listened to him before but would definitely listen to more in the series he produces.

"I was given this free review copy audiob
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