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Native Lands (Florida Fiction Series): Historical Native American Fiction by [Zick, P.C.]
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Native Lands is a wonderful novel and a gripping thriller at the same time. Handling several plotlines and many characters with ease, P.C. Zick has created a story rich in plot and full of fabulous characters.

One narrative focuses on members of a native tribe in Florida from 1760 onwards. The instantly likable characters strive to preserve their heritage against the forces of the English and Spanish intruders. The peaceful and nature-loving characters form a wonderful thread through the rest of the book that deals with more contemporary issues.

Journalists, politicians, and business men crowd the stage in a cleverly plotted and excellently told thriller. Exploitation of nature, affairs, family secrets, and murder are just some of the many spicy ingredients that make this novel so entertaining. I was warned that there would be many characters in this book, and that is true, but the different narratives focus thoroughly on each party in turn and are easily discerned. The characters were drawn memorable enough to make it very easy to keep track of them.

There are some surprising connections and twists within the political plot, which focuses on a controversial housing project and the outrageous plan that lies behind it, involving poachers, environmentalists, and an election. As people are being bumped off, the plot thickens and keeps the pace fast and captivating.

I loved the way in which the past and present story lines turn out to be connected, and I loved the well-planted parallels between the two narratives and the warm feel of the book. This is an excellent and uplifting moral tale that did not lecture or patronize, a gripping and entertaining thriller with depth and wonderful characters.

Native Lands is a gripping and entertaining thriller with depth, wonderful characters, and well-planted parallels between the two engaging narratives. There is a beautiful and warm feel of Native Lands. A truly great read.  ~Christoph Fishcher, Bestselling author of historical fiction

From the Author

Interview with P.C. Zick on Native Lands
Native Lands takes place in both 1760 and the present day Florida. How did you decide to write both historical and contemporary fiction in the same novel? 
In the beginning, that wasn't the plan. I only mentioned briefly the Native American tribe, the Timucuans of north Florida as a reference point. But then as I did more research I realized I needed to tell the story of this tribe, estimated to have a population of 200,000 when the Spanish landed in St. Augustine to extinction by 1763, and I needed to tell it in more detail. This concept that a whole group of people living in a large portion of north Florida and south Georgia could simply disappear from the face of the earth fascinated and puzzled me.
Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) said she never chose a subject because as a writer, the subject chose her. Did this happen to you while writing Native Lands?
Absolutely. No question that the characters of Locka and Mali came to me unbidden when I had the novel almost completed. I was visiting the spot where the last of these people lived in the St. Augustine area. I was staying with my daughter, and I would wake up in the middle of the night and write their story on scraps of paper and then I'd file them in my journal. At first, I thought I might write a chapter or two about them, but them it turned into their whole story and their thread became a parallel story within the context of the overall theme about balance and preservation of the natural world.
The book is set in Florida, both in St. Augustine and the Everglades. Does it play an essential role in the plot?
Yes. I believe setting is its own character in almost everything I write. Certainly the landscape of Florida inspires me. I lived there for thirty years and saw firsthand the destruction of natural resources all in the name of progress and tourism. When I worked as a reporter, covering local politics, I became appalled at all the machinations that take place behind the scenes. For little of it has to do with human and natural resources. And of course, the environment in Florida, from the beaches to the marshes to the springs to the climate, is integral to living there. They all make great plot devices as well.
What would you say is the overriding message you tried to convey in Native Lands?
The story came to me as I covered different stories around the state. I wrote about the destruction of mangrove forests and the near-extinction of the Florida panther. Then I went to the Everglades to do research and went on a private airboat tour of the rivers there. The driver told me about a crab that had been found off one of the islands with a tag that said, "St. Augustine." It made it around the peninsula in a year. It made me think about the connection we all have with one another and how nature depends on one species for the rest to survive. That's the message I hope I conveyed. When we destroy one thing, we diminish us all.

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  • File Size: 1211 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 29, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N30MYWG
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The story, set in Florida, alternates between the lives of Locka and Mali in the distant past, and Emily Booth, Rob Zodiac, and Barbara Evans in the present.

In the mid-eighteenth century, Locka feels pain. His wife and son disappeared five years ago in a Spanish raid. He notices Mali. The beautiful woman is the only one who doesn't flirt with Locka.

Emily is a business owner, wife, and mother of a challenging teen. Her husband Daniel demonstrates his skill in Machiavellian techniques when he sets the foundation for his run for public office before he tells her.

Barbara is a former reporter, working now as a columnist. She's making her mark writing about environmental issues.

A real estate developer believes economic powers rule the world. He is determined create urban living zones in Florida. How far will he and his associates go to make his dreams a reality?

P. C. Zick presents readers with an excellent book. She captures the sights, sounds, and smells of tribal living in the 1760s. At the same time, she demonstrates political savvy with her insight into Florida politics. Ms. Zick also deftly and sensitively addresses social issues, including the environment and homelessness, without ever hopping up on a soapbox and preaching at the readers.
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“Native Lands” by P.C. Zick is a great read about the battle of money power and nature. Zick is a journalist who writes about nature and her love for nature. This book is one of the books you would like to read if you like nature and historical fictions. The story is based in Florida, and is jumping in time (I truly love these kind of books..), Present and the late 18th Century, the Spanish invasion, British too, which took a toll of native people lives and nature. Zick captures the momentum and makes you feel like you are actually touring the places, meeting the fascinating people of the past, and also the presents. What is happening in the Glades, Past and present? The tension is there in every step: Love, life, murder and, compassion verses personal needs and selfishness. Everything that has to do with nature and human nature you will find in the touching story. I highly recommend!
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4.5 Stars
***I received this book as part of a Blog Tour for the Release Tour***

This is a book that is both a great Suspense story and a trip into the history of the Native tribes of The Everglades, I really enjoyed this book.

“Native Lands” by P.C. Zick is a story with a descriptive background and interesting characters, both in the past and the present. This isn't a book you skim though, you will be engrossed as you follow both the Native Timucuans on their journey to find a place where they can survive the onslaught of the Spanish and English Colonization.

The other Storyline is set in present day which follows the lives of the a Journalist, Local fishermen, descendents of the Timucuans and Environmental Supporters and the residents of 2 areas in Florida, The plot is very clever in giving you 2 separate towns where Environmental issues are occurring and the corrupt towns officials and shady developers are doing their best to keep the Media and Environmentalists in the dark

There are secrets, plot twists, murder and more entwined in a gripping tale of Global Corporate Greed and the small town hero's who are trying to uncover what the heck is happening in the 'Glades'.

The way the Author has melded the Past and the Present in this book has been done so that the reader can read and learn without getting lost, the book certainly gives the reader pause for thought as we madly rush into the future, plowing into Nature with a disregard of what the destruction will hold for the future, without being preachy.

If you want a story that you will not want to put down, and when you have finished, you want to know more - then get this book.
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An environmental conspiracy thriller of exceptional quality that hooked you into the story and wouldn't let you go until its gripping conclusion has released you. Money vs nature. Money buys power and most people have a price which can be seen from the extent of those involved in the conspiracy. Nature is not something that can be used for personal benefit. It must be respected.

The two camps are both at polar opposites of the spectrum. The developers wanting their own personal nature reserve at a cost for everyone else. They will stop at nothing and will resort to illegal methods to achieve their goals. The environmentalists wanting nature to be as nature should. Some of those on the side of nature believe that their opinion is the right opinion and the only opinion that should be held and will walk all over those who don't agree.

The past plays an important part in this story and through the inserts from the past we get see to the struggles for survival and the importance of the region. The past has an important impact on those involved in the present struggles.

For the most part I felt that this was a beautifully written story. The passion of the author came through in protecting the environment from those seeking to harness for money purposes. The belief the characters shared in wanting to stop this came across strongly. However, I did feel that when it came to the elements of romance, it did feel a little disjointed. This part is a small section of the story that it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the story. The climax was exciting and had me on the edge of my seat. I would definitely read more by P.C. Zick in the future.
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