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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: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,889,456 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.

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Dr. Hague makes Western history come alive in his novel.
Robert S. Morse
I highly recommend this book and look forward to what this erudite author may have in store for us as screen plays.
George Aubrey
The characters are real to the reader, and timeless in the way they are presented.
John C. Horst

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4 of 4 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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Santa Fe mi casa by Harlan Hague is historical fiction about the old west at its best with soldiers of the Army of the West blazing trails from the mountains of Santa Fe to the deserts and plains along the Rio Grande and Gila rivers towards California. It’s a story of winning the west wrapped around a story of love and longing for Morita, a beautiful senorita from Santa Fe. John Henry with Bradford, his buddy, is an Army trooper. They endure long days on the trail, make it through Mexican and Indian fighting meeting all of the challenges troop life. Characters like Kit Carson come alive. Indian customs revealed are fascinating. A must read on Amazon!
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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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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.