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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345380746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345380746
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two centuries ago, with the support of the young Revolutionary government, George Robers Clark led a small but fierce army west from Virigina to conquer all the territory between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Here is the adventure, the romance, the struggle, and the betrayal of his life. Rich in the heroic characters, meticulously researched detail and grand scale that have become James Alexander Thom's trademarks, LONG KNIFE, his first historical epic, is simply unforgettable.

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James Alexander Thom is the author of Follow the River, Long Knife, From Sea to Shining Sea, Panther in the Sky (for which he won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historical novel), Sign-Talker, The Children of First Man, and The Red Heart.

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This is an exciting book that I would highly recommend.
Matthew S. Schweitzer
Like the first book that I read, Follow The River, this book pulled me in and I couldn't wait to get back to reading it to see what happened next.
Melissa Faye Seibert
I appreciate the efforts of the author to maintain the historical accuracy of the characters and story.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Matthew S. Schweitzer on October 1, 2001
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Great historical novel revolving around Colonel George Rogers Clark and his famous expedition to take the Northwest Territory from the British during the Revoltuion. This book combines history and adventure with the result being a novel that blows away any dry history textbook like a frontier rifleman at a turkey shoot. Thom brings us back to a forgotten chapter of the American Revolution as a group of desperate Virginians and Kentuckians launch a daring attempt to end the bloody border raids by the Ohio Indians. Their ultimate goal is the capture of a number of British held forts throughout the Ohio Country thereby breaking British power and influence in their wartorn land forever. This is an exciting book that I would highly recommend.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trish (dzine@imt.net) on December 16, 1998
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This is one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. It's a poignant story about one of the greatest heros in American history. Tears came to my eyes many times as I read this book. It certainly reinforced my appreciation for those who have fought to preserve our freedom. Simply put, James Alexander Thom is one of the best novelists living today.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2001
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I believe this was Alexander Thom's first novel, and it certainly reads like a first time effort. It's not half as good as his later works like "Follow the River" or "The Red Heart." In "Long Knife" Thom recounts Patriot George Rogers Clarke's epic march during the Revolutionary War to destroy British power on the western frontier. Thom is only partly successful in relaying this powerful tale into a moving work of fiction. The weakest element is a cliched and poorly developed romantic subplot involving Clarke and a Spanish commandant's sister. Pretty amateurish stuff. However, the strength of the novel is, of course, Clarke's army's 240 mile epic winter march, including long stretches through icy waist-deep water, to attack the British fort at Vincennes. It's here where Thom really shines bringing immense detail to the agony and fatigue faced by those men. (It's actually very reminiscent of Kenneth Roberts' description in his terrific novel "Northwest Passage" of a similar march by the famed Robert Rogers and his Rangers during the French and Indian War.) Unfortunately, Clarke's march is just a small part of the book and, although it's historical fiction writing at its best, it does not completely atone for the weak parts of "Long Knife."
I would recommend this book to Revolutionary War buffs and Alexander Thom fans. However, if you're new to Alexander Thom then I would recommend you check out some of his later books before reading "Long Knife," his first attempt at a historical novel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2000
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This was a great story - especially since it is true. George Rogers Clark was an amazing man. After reading this book you too will have a great respect for him. Mr. Thom writes beautifully and keeps to the facts. I would like to see more books written about George Rogers Clark. Mr. Thom please give us more!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Caz on July 8, 2000
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I read this book years ago, but the story of George Rogers Clark has stayed with me. Thom is one of those rare authors that can paint pictures with his masterful weaving of words. A fictional presentation of a real-life hero, a man who accomplished amazing things and lived and outstanding life - and he is one that has long been overshadowed in the history books to a degree by his younger brother's feats (William Clark, famed adventurer of the Lewis & Clark team).
Thom has done a superb job of showcasing George Rogers Clark in this book. It's an outstanding read and could well set the reader on an adventure for more historical fiction from this fine author. Be sure to check out 'From Sea to Shining Sea' as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Head on November 19, 2004
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What an incredible tale! Most people focus on the campaigns east of the Appalachain Mountains when it comes to the Revoultionary War...but very few are aware of the details of the campaign by George Rogers Clark to take the Nowrthwest Territory west of the mountains.

And nobody tells such a tale better than Thom.

Despite recruiting a far smaller force than desired, George Rogers Clark set out to do the impossible, displace the French, to defeat far superior British forces, defeat or pacify far superior numbers of Indians, to control as big as the thirteen colonies...and to succeed with less than 200 men.

This is a story of the classic American spirit overcoming all odds to win for liberty. Sadly, it is also a tragic tale about how a true American hero was forgotten by the country that should have hailed him alongside Washington in so many ways.

If you are interested in American history, and want to read a finely researched piece of that history presented in as compelling a fashion...read Long Knife.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1999
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Now this is great historical fiction. After you finish racing through this book, it will stay in your mind forever. George Rogers Clark was a humane adventurer/soldier, one of young America's best in every way. In addition to painting him clearly, Mr. Thom succeeds in portraying the entire astounding accomplishment of Clark's forces in a way that will make your jaw drop. These people really did do these things! A great book.
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