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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595011020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595011025
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,896,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An illuminating book ... believably drawn and complex ... a book that everyone should read. -- The Shootist, January 2001

Smith creates a classic from the first chapter ... a magnificent novel that I predict will become a classic. -- Roundup Magazine, June 2001

About the Author

Troy Smith is a member of Western Writers of America. He has over fourty published magazine articles, short stories, and poems. His credits include Louis L'Amour Magazine, Wild West, Muzzleloader, Civil War Times Illustrated, and many others. Bound for the Promise-Land was a 2001 Spur Award winner and Medicine Pipe Award finalist. Smith was also a Spur finalist in 1998.

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This was a very interesting story.
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A very well written story, I enjoyed the way the author keeps your interest and keeps the characters real.
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One of the best books we have read in a long time... my husband and myself both .
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "pmaurer3" on January 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is well worth a readers time - it educates, informs and makes you think - leaving a lasting impact in your life. The central character (Alfred) illuminates what conditions must have been like as a slave, a civil war soldier, a free man, a buffalo soldier - all in a manner that is very believable. Well done! I look forward to reading more of this author in the future.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Don M. Jay on June 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a student of Black History of the Post Civil War West I can reccommend Mr. Smith's book highly. Although he has taken some liberties chronologically(which, in his forward, he apologized for) the events are correct.
Hopefully Mr. Smith's book will inspire other such studies and accounts of a long forgotten and neglected part of our history.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By lizboy on November 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
i highly enjoyed reading this book! the characters were well thought out and you felt as if you knew each one like a neighbor. the book takes a different approach to history. all of the events have actually happened, but alfred himself is a creation. you felt sad when he hurt and happy when he rejoiced. there were a couple of slow points in the book, but if you push past them, you will find the overall finish totally rewarding!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Pierson on July 24, 2011
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Dr. Troy Smith has penned a fantastic story around the historical events that shaped the protagonist's life. This story was a joy to read because of the realism, as well as the deep emotion Dr. Smith's writing evoked. His easy familiarity with the times, people, historical events and even the syntax in the dialogue made me feel, as I read this novel, as if I were actually there. The characters are many-faceted and multi-dimensional, so that the reader is able to share the triumphs as well as the tragedies that occur during the unfolding of the story. If you love history mingled unerringly with a realistic human story, this is a great book that is not only entertaining, but makes you think.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kae on December 20, 2012
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I purchased the electronic edition of Bound For the Promise-Land after seeing it mentioned several times in a Facebook Western Authors group. The positive comments there were not misplaced.

The story (cobbled from two different sources):

"Freedom is not a place you run to…Freedom is a place in your soul." These words sum up the life long quest of ex-slave Alfred Mann as he pursues the dream of equality in a world not of his making. From fugitive to Medal of Honor winner, Mann carries on to rise above the ignorance and intolerance of those who seek to bring him down; somehow gaining strength from the unimaginable losses he suffers and his own self doubt.
From the shackles of slavery to the smoky battlefields of the Civil War, from Reconstruction South to Northern race riots to fighting Indians on the Western Plains, Alfred proves to the world and to himself that he is a man.

The first-person protagonist of Alfred Mann came through with great believability, both his actions and his emotions; the many battle scenes were portrayed with gut wrenching intensity. They were very well written. This book is deserving of the 2001 SPUR Award it received [paperback edition], and I'm glad it is now available for e-books.

I haven't given this book five stars for personal reasons. Troy D. Smith is an American History scholar, and I consider myself that, too (although I don't have a .PhD). My knowledge of the events Smith wrote about is firmly in place, so I found myself flipping through some of the book thinking, 'Yep. I knew that.' The history was excellently portrayed, but, for me, I often felt I was getting too much history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RCS on July 27, 2011
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The historical background was great. The character development enjoyable. And, above all, the life long search for both a genuine definition and experience of freedom was deeply moving and enlightening. I really enjoyed the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dkconn on February 10, 2012
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A great story about a man who is struggling with his own soul as much as he is with the many antagonist that he confronts throughout his life. A history lesson for readers will span a time period from just prior to The Civil War and continue to the climatic charge up San Juan Hill. And the dialogue between characters just adds to this book finding a place in your personal library. This is a must read for those that enjoy a story that is so passionately written that the reader merely follows along through a kaleidoscope of emotions. It's that good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diversity on April 27, 2014
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The setting: Pre-Civil War Era.
The characters: The hero, Alfred Mann, was born into slavery and lived to be a free man and a Buffalo Soldier who fought in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish War, and lifelong internal wars. This is his story about his quest for freedom and peace, dignity and respect. It is his story about the viciousness of slavery, the pain of losing family and friends, and the struggle to survive as a slave in the South and a free man in the North. There are many memorable characters, too many to mention, but all are a part of Alfred’s life. Whether good or bad, they arouse strong feelings of sympathy, affection, disgust, admiration, hatred and even subtle humor.
The plot: The story is well developed, but it is uncomfortable to read. There is so much suffering and bloodshed. The author is adept at revealing the relationships among the characters and their particular viewpoints and beliefs. He is equally adept at describing every gory detail of all the killing scenes. Although the plot is disturbing, as all books about slavery are, it is also emotionally stirring and intellectually enlightening.
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Troy D. Smith was born in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee in 1968. He has waxed floors, moved furniture, been a lay preacher, and taught high school and college. He writes in a variety of genres, achieving his earliest successes with westerns -his first published short story appeared in 1995 in Louis L'Amour Western Magazine, and he won the Spur Award in 2001 for the novel Bound for the Promise-Land (being a finalist on two other occasions.) He is currently teaching American history at Tennessee Tech, and serving as president of Western Fictioneers -the first national writing organization devoted exclusively to fiction about the Old West.