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Santa Fé mi casa Paperback – June 16, 2011

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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.

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: #11,710,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Dr. Hague makes Western history come alive in his novel. By mixing imaginary characters with actual historical figures like Kit Carson and General Kearny, the author shows what life was like during the Mexican-American War for ordinary American enlisted men who are sent from Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe and ultimately California to fight a reluctant enemy. The novel's main character, John Henry Harris, falls in love with a beautiful Mexican girl while participating in the occupation of Santa Fe and begins to have second thoughts about his country's involvement in a war that he begins to view as immoral. Ordered by General Kearny to march to California, our protagonist soon finds himself caught in a struggle on two levels. The first struggle involves John Henry's travels across a brutal, barren desert, inhospitable to both man and animals. The second struggle involves John Henry's questioning of his role in a war he now bitterly opposes. Dr. Hague does a wonderful job describing both the physical struggle of our protagonist and the emotional struggle of a young man trying to justify his continued involvement in a war he now knows is wrong. As a former high school teacher who used historical novels to help reluctant history student enjoy and understand history, I would certainly have used Santa Fe mi casa in the classroom had I read it earlier. It is a wonderful story that explains the Mexican-American War in terms that students would understand. It is history through the eyes of the common man.
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