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Rescue at Pine Ridge: Based on a True American Story Hardcover – November 14, 2008
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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 West (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!
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.Read more ›
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Great historical book. Hard to call it fiction even though it is. Each scene is right out of history and not stretch the image very thin. Read morePublished 16 months ago by doug
I had heard about Buffalo Soldiers but didn't really know much about them until I read "Rescue at Pine Ridge"
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Erich M. Hicks brings to life a poignant but forgotten chapter of American history! His style takes you into the day-to-day life of the time, while the character interaction... Read morePublished 18 months ago by susheelover
Pretty poor writing, sounded like a bad piece of propaganda.Published 20 months ago by Karen Bartlett
Five Stars for sure. A must read. Learn about history and hero's all at the same time.
Good work Erich Hicks. Keep writing. Faye Skeans
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