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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146360114X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463601140
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,709,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

John Henry Harris is a dragoon in the United States Army of the West that invades northern Mexico in 1846. The young soldier is eager to wave the flag and fight for his country. But John Henry's world is soon turned upside down. In Santa Fé he meets Morita and falls in love. Finding no enemies in Santa Fé, John Henry questions whether he can support this war against a people who have committed no wrong against him or the United States. He is torn between conflicting passions of loyalty, justice, duty and love. The idyll ends when the army leaves Santa Fé to carry the conquest to California.

About the Author

Harlan Hague, Ph.D., is an historian of the American West. His specialties are exploration and trails, California's Mexican era, the environment and the positive role of Native Americans in westward expansion. He has published history, biography, fiction and travel. His co-authored biography of Thomas O. Larkin with David J. Langum won the Caroline Bancroft Prize. Presently he writes screenplays and novels.

More About the Author

Harlan Hague, Ph.D., a retired history professor, has published history, prize-winning biography, travel and fiction. He also writes screenplays. Travel and writing are complementary obsessions that are also most rewarding. For more on who he is and what he does, see his web site at http://harlanhague.us. He will respond to comments and questions. See his blog at http://harlanhague.wordpress.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Aubrey VINE VOICE on July 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dr. Hague has written a unique novel. It contains romance, adventure, human suffering set in the background of the broader conflict of the Mexican-American War. He follows the protagonist, John Henry, from blissful first love in Sante Fe, across the brutal terrain of the southwest deserts and mountain passes to the coastal plain of disputed California. The readers heart will ache with the young man's misery of body and soul. The action gradually picks up reaching a perfect crescendo at the end of the book. The writing is spotless and the dialogue crisp and believable. This is a book that is unlike most others, and hard to pin down to one genre, as it contains the best elements of several. I highly recommend this book and look forward to what this erudite author may have in store for us as screen plays.
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Anthony Bradford (“Brad”) and John Henry Harris were both Missourians who enlisted as members of The United States Army of the West group, posted at Fort Leavenworth. They were very different in personality but immediately became close friends.

Their group had intended to fight the Mexicans for the Santa Fe area but arrived to a peaceful, community under United States control.

While in Leavenworth, awaiting further assignments, the guys often visited the local cantinas. It was during on of these visits that Morita “caught John Henry’s eye”. From that point on, john Henry began to view his attitudes, thoughts, and goals differently.

The were sexual situations, although it contained no explicit scenes, that made it undesirable for YA reading. It would be disturbing for some adults as well.

The development of the characters were done well. One cold easily feel familiar with them. The scenic/background was described quite well. Te title is good but the book cover would have been a better selling point if some Calvary people or scene depiction had been included. As it stands, it is a passable cover.

This was an interesting tale and the “flow” of the story steadily moved along. It was well written, but the “journey” was too prolonged for me (as I am certain it was for the group, as well!)

Although written well, I had a hard time staying involved in the story and the ending was good but slightly vague, therefore, my review of this novel offers a Four Stars rating.

^This was generously sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which I have given.
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If you were, like I was, a lazy student of American history in high school, the entire 19th century probably reduces to one handy image. Cowboys, right?

Oh, so wrong.

And if you are, as I now am, much more intrigued by history and the hidden stories of how lives were lived by people caught up in the capitalized moments in history books, you find the 19th century irreducibly rich.

Harlan Hague's SANTA FE MI CASA brings to life a portion of American history I should have known more about (I live in the general vicinity of the story) but didn't. In a blend of foot-soldier tale and multicultural romance, he illustrates how brutal life was for those young men recruited in the 1840s to expand the nation into the Southwest and on to the Pacific. As so many soldiers throughout history have done, the protagonist questions the expansion and his role in it. In this, Hague gives a much more thorough and nuanced portrait than the lip service given to such second thoughts in traditional "westerns" (a term I hesitate to apply to this book, though it lands squarely in the right century for it to be labeled such).

Also like so many soldiers throughout history, the protagonist falls in love with a woman and a culture entirely unlike his own. Some of the book's most tender moments deal with language barriers between lovers determined to communicate.

The book's most striking images, however, don't involve the soldiers at all but, rather, their animals. By not omitting or glossing over their plight, Hague reminds us that for millennia, horses and mules and beasts of burden have been equal victims in man's quest to conquer.

It's historical portraits like SANTA FE MI CASA that make me the enthusiastic student of history that I now am. Don't give me a story about the people giving orders -- tell me about the lives at the other end of the command chain.
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Dr. Hague is an excellent writer and historian and he demonstrates that only too well in this story of an American soldier caught up in America's conquest of California. I see that this novel has been suggested as a Romance, and it is, but it is many more things than that. It could easily be counted among the categories of historical, western, action, adventure, and general fiction. The author weaves a story that is compelling and real. The characters are real to the reader, and timeless in the way they are presented. This is the sign of a good writer as well as the sign of a person who has studied his history, and Dr. Hague has spent a career studying history. Read this story and you will find that it stays with you long after you've put it down, and, as with all good historical fiction, you will be rewarded with a rich history lesson as well as an entertaining yarn. John Horst, Author The Mule Tamer Allingham
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