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Top Customer Reviews
“Tis often that a persons mouth broke his nose”
Aiden (Irish) is a man in his early twenties but his experiences paint him as a much older soul. I loved his respect for those with different cultures. I realize that a good portion of his interest was due to survival but I also felt Aiden took on a little piece of those identities. The friendships he makes and the love that he has for Neveah aren’t based on survival. His evolution and wisdom is part of what makes this story so compelling. He saw each person as a person and did all he could to do right by them. Aiden is a grade A guy and is now one of my favorite characters.
The banter between him and Neveah is another one of my favorite parts of this book. Their relationship is beautiful. Their friends and lovers. They are what I think of when I imagine true love. Aiden was so considerate of her feelings throughout this entire book she is the center of everything that means anything to him. Aiden loves hard and his empathy is just another part of him that brings the reader deeper into the story.
Pappas writing is passionate and it’s clear that each of his characters are deeply loved by him. I imagine him sitting at his computer with glistening tears when Neveah is captured and all that follows. I had to wipe away my fair share of tears and I felt so close to her after that. She’s still a bit mysterious but that event brings Neveah closer to the reader.
Pappas did amazing research for this book and it’s clear he wove history and fiction as close to as real as he could get. When I read novels like this, it’s important to me that the author stays close to what that time period was really like. I want to time travel to that time with your words. I want the people to look and act like they really would have. Pappas did an outstanding job. I came away feeling like I learned a lot and that’s exactly what I wanted.
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His meticulous research turns back the hands of time, giving us a glimpse of the 1800 conditions of the Northwest’s native peoples, the landscape, the now tamed Columbia River and interlaced with one of our nation’s famous founding families as they live again in a way known only to us from a few pictures and letters. “When Wolf Comes” tells the “Shogun” like tale of a New Englander’s, Aidan Martin’s, survival in a foreign land and a foreign culture. “Lives of the Spirits” tells a nail biting Lewis and Clark or “Last of the Mohicans” like adventure of love, cunning, revenge, retribution, heroism and ultimately survival in a time not that long ago.
Learn about our country’s early Northwest history through a mesmerizing story of a proud, resourceful and fearless native peoples, obscured by time, simply living their everyday way of life on the Pacific Ocean and along the Columbia River in the early 1800’s. This is historical fiction at its finest, but it is also an historical adventure.
I think his latest works would translate well to the big screen and I would love to see them made into a motion picture series. Well Done John‼!
It was interesting to me how the captives and captors interacted and that positive relationships often occurred. That they learned from one another and gained one anothers trust over time is the positive of a bad situation - slavery.
The adventure itself moved along at a good clip and my smug assumptions of what would come next most often didn't. That made it a great read and is a tribute to the author.
I hope there is again a sequel. Aidan and Neveah's story is not yet over. I hope to be able to continue their journey with them.
Great book! Why isn't this series being at least considered for film?
Thank You Mr. Pappas!