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  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432736833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432736835
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,673,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rescue at Pine Ridge, written by Erich Martin Hicks

I would like to tell you how I discovered one of the best books I have ever read. A friend of mine on Facebook was speaking about a book he had just read… And since I spent summers visiting my grandparents in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, I was intrigued and ordered it immediately!

I then proceeded to look at the author's page on Facebook. He intrigued me as well… ​He is actually a fascinating man from California. We exchanged a few brief messages back-and-forth and ​told him​ I had ordered his book. ​ ​
I have always ​been interested in​ stories of the heroic Buffalo soldiers and here was a book that combined childhood summers and history!

This author not only ​brings history to life within the pages of his book, but, he makes you an active participant​...​ seeing, smelling, feeling, all the sites and sounds of the battles in the ​Wes​​t​ ​(​post-Civil War​) by heroes not often brought to life in history books​.​​

As you turn the final pages​...​ you wish that you were​ again ​​at the beginning of the book… ​To have lived through ​Erich Martin Hicks' (author)​ words, ​the ​characters have ​become real, become your relatives​, friends, heroes....​ and you don't want to say goodbye ​to them ​after you turn​ the final pages.​

I look forward to any books this young author has in store for us... his writing is exceptional and brings history to LIFE!​
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Rescue at Pine Ridge
By Erich Martin Hicks
Outskirts Press, Denver Colorado, Copyright © 2009
Review by Mark H. Schwartz. May 17, 2014

In a memorable scene found early in the narrative of Rescue at Pine Ridge, by Erich Martin Hicks, we see the Indian Scout, John Glass of the 9th Cavalry, coming in riding hard to the position of the Buffalo Soldiers of K Troop waiting to ford a stream. As the brave men look up, they hear him exclaiming, “Wagon in river, wagon stuck in river!” The language is coarse, grammatically suspect and utterly authentic. The year is 1880 – just a scant 16 years after the Civil War had ended in 1864. The famed Buffalo Soldiers are like no other force in the US Army, for they are, except for their commissioned officers, they are an all-Colored regiment, as African Americans were called in polite company in those days. The soldiers, some of the most courageous and skilled in the entire United States Cavalry, are also among the most poorly-treated and maligned of troops. That is because this is the United States of 1880, a post-war cauldron, punctuated by greed, prejudice and outright hate of all who are different.

The soldiers have been called to action and hasten to meet the challenge. It is the way of the frontier and it is the job of the Buffalo Soldier. The troop leader is a non-commissioned officer, named Sergeant George Jordan. Sergeant Jordan is highly rated not only by all his troopers, but also by the white officers who command the 9th Cavalry. However, we know that he will never rise above the rank of Sergeant, because no colored troop could ever hope to be awarded a commission. We learn that very early in the story, when a bumbling and inept trooper named Howard J.
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The author has brilliantly captured a focal point of history that many would never have known. Through his eyes and research, the reader is able to experience the tenets of hatred and humiliation, joy and pride of the 9th Calvary of Buffalo Soldiers. Although it takes a minute to adjust to the author's writing style, once engaged, the story is a page-mover, from beginning to end. I especially appreciate the artifacts included in the bibliography at the end of the book. Historically--a powerful story that needs to be told over and over again. Grammatically--a proofreader with a fresh eye is needed to overcome some of the errors--though not glaring, give the reader pause to determine what is meant. From what I understand from those who read, Fifty Shades of Gray, grammatical accuracy plays no part in telling a good story. It is the passion that engages and holds the reader's attention.

Keep writing and sharing the history through your special lens so we can see what you see!
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Although this is a novel,it is based on the truth as the title says.If you want to learn the real truth,then read this novel and learn more about the Buffalo soldiers and their role in keeping the peace in the west.The Buffalo Soldiers are a forgotten part of of our American history and should be given the credit they deserve.The author,Erich Hicks has done an excellent job in writing this.I found it quite riveting.
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This book was a good read and an entertaining and informative one. The author manages to transport the reader [in time and place] from the comfort of his or her easy chair to America's "Wild, Wild West," during the violent period of armed conflict with Native Americans from 1866 to 1891. This is a critically important account of the bravery and heroism of the "Buffalo Soldiers" of the Ninth Cavalry Regiment, the all-black enlisted men, along with their white officers. We get to listen in to the dreams and aspirations of those black "horse soldiers," which, in actuality, would be no different from their white counterparts, i.e., to serve their country honorably, to live and survive to fight another day, to win the respect of their fellow soldiers and a nation that de-valued and marginalized them, and finally to manage to make it to retirement and a decent and rewarding life afterwards. The empathy of the men of the Ninth Cavalry toward their Native American foes, with whom they engage in running and deadly violent battles on horseback, is told with great compassion and feeling for the inevitable plight of the Native Americans who are destined for a loss of their way of life. We hear and feel the stings of the antipathy of whites toward the men of the Ninth Cavalry. The blatant racism and disrespect exhibited by both white civilians as well as military are quite instructive regarding the resistance to full equality and fair treatment of African-Americans, even those who risk their lives for a country that does not fully value them.Read more ›
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