The Rivers of War

The Rivers of War

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Eric Flint's acclaimed 1634: The Galileo Affair was a national bestseller from one of the most talked-about voices in his field. Now, in this extraordinary new alternate history, Flint begins a dramatic saga of the North American continent at a dire turning point, forging its identity and its future in the face of revolt from within, and attack from without. 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, brilliantly 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, and brings every explosive moment to life. With exquisite attention to detail, an extraordinary grasp of history, and a storyteller's gift for the dramatic, Flint delivers a bold, thought-provoking epic of enemies and allies, traitors and revolutionaries, and illuminates who we are as a nation, how we got here, and how history itself is made--and remade.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, [2005]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780345465672
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: xv, 489 pages : maps ; 25 cm


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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.

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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