The Rivers of War

The Rivers of War

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Baker & Taylor
In a tale of alternate history set on America's western frontier, the Cherokee are united against mutual enemies, forming an Indian Nation that will play an important role in such conflicts as the Battle of New Orleans.

Blackwell North Amer
In the War of 1812, U.S. troops are battling the British on the Canadian border, even as a fierce fight is being waged against the Creek followers of the Indian leader Tecumseh and his brother, known as The Prophet. In Europe, Napoleon Bonaparte's war has become a losing proposition, and the British are only months away from unleashing a frightening assault on Washington itself. Fateful choices are being made in the corridors of power and on the American frontier. As Andrew Jackson, backed by Cherokee warriors, leads a fierce attack on the Creek tribes, his young republic will soon need every citizen soldier it can find.
What if - at this critical moment - bonds were forged between men of different races and tribes? What if the Cherokee clans were able to muster an integrated front, and the U.S. government faced a united Indian nation bolstered by escaping slaves, freed men of color, and even influential white allies?
Through the remarkable adventures of men who were really there - men of mixed race, mixed emotions, and a singular purpose - The Rivers of War carries us in this new direction, transforming an extraordinary chapter of American history.
With a cast of unforgettable characters - from James Monroe and James Madison to Sam Houston, Francis Scott Key, and Cherokee chiefs John Ross and Major Ridge - The Rivers of War travels from the battle of Horseshoe Bend to the battle of New Orleans.

Baker
& Taylor

In a tale of alternate history set on America's western frontier, the Cherokee are united in the face of mutual enemies, finding allies among the politicians of the day and escaped slaves, forming an Indian Nation that will play an important role in such conflicts as the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the Battle of New Orleans. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345465672
0345465679
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy Fli
Characteristics: xv, 489 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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JackPurcell
Apr 29, 2015

For me it began to drag sooner than I'd have wished. I went back and read through trying to decide why and concluded it's just a product of having read too many other books by the author.

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pinky0203
May 09, 2014

Another great series in the Alternate History genre. Flint makes the characters come alive. I didn't know much American history but he does disclose in an afterword where his story diverged from the actual history.

"In this novel, Sam Houston receives only a minor flesh wound in the Battle of the Horseshoe. He becomes a protege of General Jackson and privy to his intentions. Reaching an understanding with Jackson, Sam discusses the situation with The Ridge, an influential Cherokee chief, and other Cherokees.......The intent of this series is to present a feasible alternative to the Trail of Tears. Although not resolved in this novel, Houston proposes the idea of a voluntary mass relocation of the Cherokees across the Mississippi, such as advocated and demonstrated by Chief Tahlonteskee. Jackson agrees to concentrate on removing the Spanish from Florida to allow sufficient time for Houston to develop support for this plan among the various clans. Monroe even promises some material and financial aid for the relocation."

I have to agree with the above review. I would also be interested in reading a review by a Native American and/or African/American regarding the differences this "history" would have made in the past as well as now.........

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