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The Devil's Elbow [Kindle Edition]

Ed Londergan
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in colonial Massachusetts, The Devil’s Elbow follows Jack Parker from his orphan childhood days as an apprentice to a greedy and brutal Boston merchant to the isolated pioneer settlement of Brookfield, where he ends up in the fight of his life to protect the people and things he loves. The book is set against the background of King Philip’s War, the single greatest catastrophe to occur in seventeenth-century Puritan New England.

Jack uses the knowledge his father gave him - that the measure of a man is how he deals with the worst life can throw at him - along with the support of the powerful man who becomes his friend, and the deep, unshakeable love for his wife to fuel his determination to survive. He draws on all he has learned on his three-decade journey when he’s met with his greatest test as he and ninety-eight others are trapped in a four-room tavern for three hot, humid August days, fighting for survival against 400 once-friendly Indians who are determined to wipe them out and reclaim their land and way of life.


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  • File Size: 2107 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Indian Rock Publishing (January 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQEFLMU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life August 24, 2012
By GK
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Suspenseful, exciting, and interesting. We may think life is difficult now but imagine living with the constant life or death struggles of Colonial Massachusetts. I couldn't wait to find out how Jack and his family survived through each challenge.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is a gret story from the first to last page. The characters appear real and you will relate to their plight. If you like a story filled with adventure, romance and danger, this is for you.

Mr. Londergan really knows how to tell a story. I will definitely keep up with this author to see what else he has in store. A truly enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The Devil's Elbow moves along at a good pace; the characterizations are solid; the descriptions of colonial Massachusetts are accurate and most interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this coming-of-age historical account of settling Massachusetts in the second half of the 1600's. Since I live near some of the towns mentioned, the storyline is especially interesting to me.
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I enjoyed The Devil's Elbow as it detailed the life of the early settlers, their joys, their hardships, their fears, and their hopes. Several times I was familiar with the names of the indigenous tribes mentioned, a few times I enjoyed stopping to quickly research the location of an Nipmuck village.
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I am not sure I will ever drive through the towns and villages mentioned in this book again without vivid ideas of what life was like over 300 hundred years ago in these very same localities. As a former teacher, I should like to see this book used in Massachusetts schools to teach not only language arts but colonial New England history. This book is a winner.
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The vocabulary and phrasing in some parts of the book is out of time with the period and level of education of the characters, but I did not find that too distracting. I saw one mention to "canning" food. If I am not mistaken, canning was not invented until Napoleon's army needed a way to preserve food over 150 years after the period in The Devil's Elbow. All the other historical references, however, were right on target and brought the book to life for me. I recommend this book as light, enjoyable reading, especially for young adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book with lifelike characters. September 3, 2012
By Terence
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Exciting and excellent! Mr. Londergan really knows how to tell a story. Can't wait to see more from him! A highly recommended read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars don't bother June 25, 2013
By CP
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I came to this book by doing a search looking for historical fiction based on King Phillips War in colonial New England. While the story reaches it's climax during one of the native american raids of the war, the story is primarily about the many trials and tribulation of an orphaned farm boy ca 1685. The book is not particularly well researched or written. The dialog has a very contempoary feel to it and descriptions of the environs are somewhat sparse and limited in there scope and depth.
I summary the book's failings highlight the shortcomings of many novels self published on Kindle. Amazon would be well served by prominently intentifying self published works as such.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DETAILED STORY OF EARLY COLONISTS April 24, 2013
Format:Paperback
Jack Parker, orphaned at an early age, is brought up by family in colonial Massachusetts. After spending a difficult apprenticeship in Boston, he moves with his aunt and uncle to a pioneer outpost, where he befriends the local Indians. Everything changes when, on one terrible day, their Indian neighbors turn against the settlers.

In The Devil's Elbow, Mr. Londergan brings to life the early colonization of 17th century America. This is a very detailed story, with what I assume to be realistic experiences and dialogue for that time. While the story begins a bit slowly, the pace builds nicely to the climactic point of the book, which is the conflict between the settlers and the Native Americans.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Black Lion book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <[...]> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Elbow April 19, 2013
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This is definitely a novel with a large impact on the reader. Londergan takes a very touchy subject and turns it into a unique novel that leaves you reeling, thinking, and thanking your lucky stars for what we have today. He also brings to light the fact that war, in any form or at any point in history, affects each individual involved.

Londergan's writing is so seamless that you never have to take your mind off of the storyline to figure out what he's trying to say. All descriptions and narrative are worked right into the storyline to create an aura of reality and permanence in this work. It is also written completely in the first person, a technique that when mastered as well as Londergan has immerses the reader directly into the trials and joys facing the main character.

The characters in this novel are very interesting. They are well developed and allow you to join in their lives along with the community in which they live. You want to see them succeed and achieve their life goals, regardless of how far they are from what we would expect today. The supporting characters are also quite uniquely developed. Londergan provides them with all of the characteristics necessary to become real people and members of the community, along with additional things that make them who they are.

As a whole this was a very intriguing look at the time period and the western expansion in the continental United States. Everything was spot on and wrapped up in a very heart-warming, yet heart wrenching story of the lives of a young couple attempting to succeed in a very rough climate.

Please note that I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great telling of a little known but important historical event
Great story of a difficult time in our colonial history. The details of the actual historical incident are well preserved, with the story of Jack Parker artfully woven through.
Published 18 days ago by C. Bussey
3.0 out of 5 stars I am on the fence about this one.
I read this book with a very open mind. I saw some words spelled incorrectly, which is minor, but still I noticed. The way it was written was in a very simple way. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Tricia
4.0 out of 5 stars a good reminder of the life our American ancestress lived
A good read for a rainy weekend. The characters in the story were true to life in a time of the original settlers.
Published 3 months ago by Christmas Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Elbow
What a great book! I once read THE LEATHERSTOCKING SAGA, by James Fenimore Cooper. It held me from beginning to end - The Devil'S Elbow is the first book I've read since that has... Read more
Published 5 months ago by joj
4.0 out of 5 stars Tale of New England 1660s and 1670s
This yarn, written as the memoir of Jack Parker, resident of Ipswich, MA, describes life in the region at the time, skirting, albeit mentioning, the religious absolutism of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars good old fashioned western
I enjoyed reading "The Devil's Elbow". It had lots of interesting twists and turns. Didnt want it to end and hope he writes a sequel.Very entertaining reading.
Published 6 months ago by morninglory
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Elbow
This book opened my eyes about how life was lived in the Pioneer days of America. It makes you feel like you are really there. You share in their joys and also their problems. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Willie Fetchit
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit weak
I live in the area where this story takes place and my ancestors were killed during the Indian attacks during King Phillip's War. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mom to 2 boys
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I love this book. It's a great read, full of interesting history and great characters. I can't wait for his next book.
Published 12 months ago by Barry Ouellette
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Engaging
If you are from the New England area and have any interest in history, I think you would like this book. I read it straight through.
Published 15 months ago by Wendy
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More About the Author

Ed Londergan is an award winning author who enjoys sharing his work with everyone.
The Devil's Elbow is his first published novel and already reached #211 in free Kindle sales, and #47 in historical fiction.

He loves to write, is working on a sequel to The Devil's Elbow, is an avid reader and an amateur colonial historian. A graduate of Holy Cross, he lives in Central Massachusetts with his wife Barbara and cat Duncan.

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