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Eye of the Raven: A Mystery of Colonial America Hardcover – December 22, 2009
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Pattison has done an incredible job translating the culture of the Iroquis as it comes up against the pressures of Colonial expansion. In Eyes of the Raven, the elements of a murder mystery are combined with the detailed descriptions of historical fiction to truely transport the reader to a different time. As in Achebe's Things Fall Apart, the damage to native culture from contact with Western expansion is a key element in the Eyes of the Raven. However, Pattison has left the reader with the assurance that, for at least a short period, the native culture will win out.
This historical novel is about the lust for land of the colonies and the thinly disguised greed of those who would steal it, ultimately defrauding indigenous peoples, the true owners of this land as far back as history is known. Only a writer as facile as Pattison could orchestrate the large number of back stories and subplots generated by this effort. At heart, "Eye of the Raven" involves a huge land grab on the part of European settlers who want land owned by the six nations, the Susequehanne, Onandaga, Huron, Iroquois,etc. On the other side, we have secret meetings and bribes from prominent colonials who pay off some tribes and individuals to gain precedent in the land sales. "Eye of the Raven" begins with the plight of Duncan McCallum's wrongly assigned inedenture and the powerful sadist who looks forward to torturing him. At center is a "Warriors Path" a trail that roughly traces the perimeter of the vast tract of land to be sold. On the path certain sacred monuments, inscribed trees, become the altar upon which surveyors are discovered slain and tortured. In the process of discovering the murderers, falsifying land grants, freeing stolen slaves and convening a six nations council to make a treaty about the land, murder and kidnapping become almost expected in this nail biter of an epoch.Read more ›
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I do not recognize the American landscape or people Pattison depicts, and I know a lot about colonial history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MaineDruid
The Bone Rattler is an excellent trilogy and I recommend it to all. This is the second book and kept me fascinated all the way through it and couldn't wait to buy the final book.Published 18 months ago by Linda
This book deals with a period in America's history - the French & Indian Wars - that is often overshadowed by Revolutionary War. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Absolutely enjoyed the Eye of the Raven. Looking forward to reading Original Death which just arrived. Thanks Amazon and Thanks Eliot Pattison for writing it!Published on July 6, 2013 by marianne scarborough
Again have to compliment Eliot Pattison on such an excellent story. His books are hard to put down .once started.Published on April 5, 2013 by sebrez
It was good RT history of Penn./Va. in the last 1700's. Many characters made it sometime hard to keep in order. I would recommend it.Published on February 5, 2013 by Adriann J. Odil
I do not like the way facts are repeated. Okay they nailed him to the tree. Found no interest in Indian habits.Published on November 27, 2012 by Touraround
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this period of American history.The author has done his homework on the era. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by irish sadness