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Conestoga Winter: A Story of Border Vengeance (Forbes Road) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 3, 2013
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About the Author
Robert Shade is a retired military officer. He lives with his family on a farm in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. He has previously authored non-fiction articles in military professional publications and the novel Forbes Road: Love, War, and Revenge on the Pennsylvania Frontier.
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Shade borrows heavily from actual events, such as the massacre of Conestoga Indians, and artfully modifies other episodes. Wend Eckert's stopping a wagon and pack convoy bearing trade goods destined for hostile tribes is very similar to the actions of "Black Boy Jimmy" Smith.
There are problems with the novel. Heterographs run amok. Bridal is used for bridle. A girl has a slim "waste." A man walks with a "gate." The descriptions of tavern life are anachronistic and much more akin to what the reader would see in a restaurant today than what they would encounter on the Pennsylvania frontier in the 18th century. There are too many extended descriptive conversations for my taste. The dialog can be clunky at time but it is improved over Forbes Road.
On the whole, the novel is well done and well worth the reading.
In many ways I feel that Conestoga Winter may be more interesting than Forbes Road, but I would definitely recommend reading both of them. A most exciting story and a magnificent book.
The character development was spread out which helped develop the imagination. The story line is believable throughout both books. Wend Eckert, the hero, does become bigger than life in some instances, however he's a young man with a big heart who appreciates the opportunities he's given. His vengeance is tempered by his will to help those he cares about.
The question is when will Robert Grenrow get his just dues?
Martin (An Appalachian Rover)
I did find the wedding night scene a bit over the top. The graphic details detracted from the core of the story. I recommend you read Forbes Road first to give you a complete picture of the events.
Fully developed characters, a thrilling story, mental/visuals that cry out for a Michael Mann
production & Direction.
But back to the book(s), excellent writing. Strong historically based and sustainable as a strong series.
Good on you Author Shade. A single word descriptor: Enjoyable
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