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Clifford Neal is a writer with fifty-five plus years of experience. Most of it in the form of sermons, which he personally presented from the pulpits of churches he served as pastor and evangelist. He has invested thousands of hours in research, developing over 7,000 such works. He has authored booklets and instructional manuals for use in training Christian church members. Augmented by many years of writing for newspaper columns and radio broadcasts, his interests naturally expanded to full length book production. His most recent published book is a well received nonfiction account of the life of what may well be the most prolific, but heretofore unknown, bank robber, ever. Material for this story was garnered through a personal relationship developed with the man and personal documental research. The book, "Hounded", is currently available in bookstores and through many internet booksellers, including Amazon.com. Currently, he has completed his first work of historical fiction as the beginning of an eight generational series based upon the lives of his ancestors. Actual Irish immigrants, arriving on the American continent in the early 1700's, become the well from which he draws a thirst quenching flow. A gripping story of adventure, intrigue, romance, crime, loyalty and pain develops around the life of William Neal. Commissioned by his Governor, the frontiersman becomes instrumental in solving a crisis that develops between the Virginia Colony and the Indian tribes of the Ohio Valley. A farmer, he struggles with the moral issues of slavery when he becomes the unwilling owner of seven black Africans, and rising interracial prejudices, fueled by his entanglement in the life of a beautiful Indian maiden. The author presently is engaged in promotion of his work as a speaker, lecturer, columnist and guest personality for many organizations and media outlets. As a Free Lance writer, he has been published in many venues.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453822267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453822265
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,567,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Hilliard on May 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kindred Spirits is a wonderful book. It shows that whether people or black, white, red etc. the can be kindred spirits. They can get along and do the right thing. Of course in this wonderful story there is the people who want to start conflict between the red men and white men. Isn't that always the case, someone to start trouble.
Kindred Spririts is about friendship. William Neal has a friend who walks through fire for him. What a great thing if we all had a friend like that.
Then William falls in love with a beautiful, smart Indian woman. The love scene is tender and told with grace and honor. I was disappointed when it ended but the rest of the books story is written with the same talent. This beautiful lady makes a sacrifice for William Neal that would break any woman's heart but it shows how much she loves William.
The Indians and white men work together to take care of the corruption that is taking over their homeland.
And wonder of wonders, the black people are not slaves but free men and women. They pretend to be slaves to keep others out of their business.
Mr. Clifford Neal proves everyone can be a kindred spirit. He is much the same as his ancestor William Neal. I'm eagerly awaiting his next book to continue this story.
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Clifford Neal's Kindred Spirits will paint the landscape in 1748 Virginia with historical fiction along the Shenandoah Valley and the struggles of forming the American Continent. Lead character William Neal, an Irish immigrant and quite a gentlemen, will make efforts of diplomacy amidst hostility and distrust.
Discover the harsh journey the slaves were forced to make and the brutal treatment received in route to America. William Neal will gain their respect and seven slaves would reside on his farm as servants. Along this journey William, who lost his wife in childbirth, will discover love anew. The struggles to be understood and respected among cultures will intrigue the reader as will the courage to make peace despite serious threats.

The emotions and circumstances will keep you, page after page engaged and the plot will play out in high-interest dramatic fashion. A five star rating for a promising new author, I also recommend his other book Hounded based on a true story where a life of crime exchanges for a commitment to Christ.
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I love writing, reading, and researching American history and obviously the author, Clifford Neal does too.

This novel is historical fiction inspired by Clifford Neal's ancestral research.

I found the main characters to be well developed and fun to read about. The descriptions of place and time made me feel like I was there, experiencing the adventure with each character.

Rich with romance and intrigue, the author's vivid writing makes history come alive.

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With his feet on the American continent in Colonial Virginia during the early 1700's, William Neal, an Irish immigrant, struggles to establish himself in a society moving toward its destiny as a new nation. An aspiring farmer, settling in the Shenandoah Valley where neighbors are miles apart, William loses his wife in childbirth, and faces life alone. Exploring the wilderness around him, he becomes involved in fur trading with the Indian tribes across the mountains and along the Ohio River. Forming a partnership with a trading company based on the Potomac River, he develops a close relationship with a white family there. Among the Indians, Will is befriended by a chieftain of the Fox tribe and falls in love with a talented, intelligent and beautiful native woman. Unscrupulous and competing English traders create chaos, resulting in violence between the tribes of the Ohio Valley and the Virginians, which threatens open warfare. Virginia's governor calls upon the experience and proven talents of William and assigns him the task of convincing the tribal governments to send delegates to a peace conference in Williamsburg.
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As a big fan of history and researching ancestors, this book just reached out and grabbed me. The author, Clifford Neal, wrote this with great emotion and relayed life beginning in the 1700's very well. I loved his writing style. It was obvious that the author put great amount of research into the events that occurred in this book as well as his ancestors.

This book is the authors first work of historical fiction. It is the beginning of an eight generational series based upon the lives of his ancestors. Actual Irish immigrants, arriving on the American continent in the early 1700's, become the well from which he draws a thirst quenching flow. A gripping story of adventure, intrigue, romance, crime, loyalty and pain develops around the life of William Neal. Commissioned by his Governor, the frontiersman becomes instrumental in solving a crisis that develops between the Virginia Colony and the Indian tribes of the Ohio Valley. A farmer, he struggles with the moral issues of slavery when he becomes the unwilling owner of seven black Africans, and rising interracial prejudices, fueled by his entanglement in the life of a beautiful Indian maiden.

I felt that this would be a great series of stories. I am anxiously awaiting the second volume. Clifford seems to have a passion for researching the past and it show in this book.

I think this book would be a great first volume for future volumes in a series. I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction. The author wrote in such great detail that I could see the story unfolding in my mind as I was reading.

I think we will be seeing much more from this new author.
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