In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree (Release Date: January 2017)
Henry was born into slavery; his young life spent working in tobacco drying sheds on Missouri plantations. Freed at the onset of the Civil War, he’s alone, starving, and on the run from Confederate militiamen.
Five years later, Clara Hanfield, the daughter of a powerful New York shipping magnate, escapes her tyrannical father and travels west in pursuit of John Elliot, the man she loves. John, a U.S. Army lieutenant, was sent to the Dakota Territory where he discovers a government conspiracy to incite an all-out war with the Indians; a war meant to finally eliminate them as an obstacle to the westward expansion.
Henry finds himself caught in the middle.
Aided by Clara, John, and his native ally, Standing Elk, Henry must battle hatred, greed, and the ghosts of his past during this turbulent and troubling time in American history.
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Not a pretty tale, but it is fascinating and very evocative. In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree takes us back to a dark and tumultuous time in American History. We follow Henry, a “freed” slave through numerous encounters with different characters at various points during his troubled life.
Through Henry, the author takes us on a grim journey that is both exciting, and heartbreaking. The story is written so well that despite its dark subject matter, you can’t help but get deeply involved in both the story and the characters.
It’s one of those books that’s so good but because of the very nature of the story, you hesitate to say you “enjoyed” it. But, since there isn’t a better word to use in its place, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and was completely enthralled. It has adventure, corruption, murder and injustice, but it also has love. Love between partners, and between friends.
If you enjoy historical fiction, particularly American history, you should really check out this book.
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About the Author
Michael’s love of books began with Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle when he was seven-years-old. Later influenced by the works of John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Stephen King, and Cormac McCarthy, Michael developed his style of storytelling. A self-proclaimed blue-collar writer, he draws on his experiences and observations to bring relevant and compelling topics to life.
Michael lives in Northern California, and when he’s not writing, he can usually be found wandering around the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.
Publisher: Sweet Candy Press http://www.sweetcandypress.com