Among Comanches: The First-Hand Account of a Frontier Backwoodsman-- Illustrated [NOOK Book]

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This is not a politically-correct account of the intercourse between Native Americans and the frontiersman who cohabited their territory. It is a no nonsense eyewitness account of a man who spent his life on the edge of civilization. A man who could admire the beauty and wilderness around him one minute and find himself in a life-or-death struggle with a Comanche warrior who stepped out of nowhere.

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Among Comanches: The First-Hand Account of a Frontier Backwoodsman-- Illustrated

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Overview

This is not a politically-correct account of the intercourse between Native Americans and the frontiersman who cohabited their territory. It is a no nonsense eyewitness account of a man who spent his life on the edge of civilization. A man who could admire the beauty and wilderness around him one minute and find himself in a life-or-death struggle with a Comanche warrior who stepped out of nowhere.

If you are interested in real history, then this e-book is your fare, even if it is from the point of view of a European invader on the land of Native Americans.

I found it fascinating and couldn't put it down until I read the gripping 566-page account. It also included more than 14 original illustrations that are priceless!

Chet Dembeck
Publisher of One
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013100350
  • Publisher: Publisher of One and Last Reporter Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 33,189
  • File size: 4 MB

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    If you are interested in the settlement of the West, an important book.

    What was most interesting about this book was that it was an accounting or (very detailed) memoir of an early settler and frontiersman, a white man who had moved to Texas while it was still part of Mexico, but still virtually unpopulated. The writer, who with a few men built a homestead fort from which they would make hunting and trapping forays, appeared neither to be a latent farmer or rancher, but just a man living a full life in a glorious country, and fully comfortable in nature, albeit a life which involved killing lots of animals. The Indians come and go; most, actually, all, as described, are nomadic, as the Plains Indians tended to be, and apparently, of these, most did not see the writer and his fellows as true threats - not that they were not attacked form time to time. E.g., the Comanches, who became known as the most warlike and brutal of the Plains Indians a few decades later, were not quite as threatening to the writer as some other tribes during the period of this book, which I take to be in the 1820s and 1830s.

    Much of the account are phenomenally detailed descriptions of flora and fauna, and the habits of the various animals then common in the southwest. I have read quite a bit, but was not aware that jaguars and ocelots were in rough abundance this far north. The reader feels right in the middle of the desert and mountains (as the writer leaves for journeys to the north), and accompanies the writer in his quests for adventure and skins, but its the day-to-day efforts at survival, maintaining constant vigil, and obtaining food and water that stays with one the longest. A true and impressive study of the resourcefulness of the human character.

    One thing I found puzzling was that the writer does not describe his own background. I do not know if the author's name is a pseudonym; I believe it is. From various, but sparse, statements made throughout the book, it is clear that he is from Europe, or, possibly, Great Britain, but I would guess the continent more likely. Even the internet searches did not help with that.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Recommend

    I enjoyed this book very much. If you like adventure & history you will enjoy reading this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Very well done. The great detail puts you right in the midst of the story. For those who enjoy the adventure of the US 19th century-this is a must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Excellent reading

    Well writen and informative. Enjoyed it very much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

    I'm still reading it and am about halfway through.  I am enjoyin

    I'm still reading it and am about halfway through.  I am enjoying it as frontier life, wild animals  and Native American culture is where my interest lie.  
    In reading other reviews, I take it that this took place somewhere from 1820 to 1850.  One of the reviewers claimed it was fiction, and I would like to know what that proclamation is based on as I honestly don't know. I
    At any rate, I rank this up there with the Lewis and Clark journals.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Good example of the rape of the American West.

    Good example of the rape of the American West.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Good read

    Ylou can almost live the adventure

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2014

    I never finished this book. I found the author to be a butcher,

    I never finished this book. I found the author to be a butcher,shooting anything in sight including mothers with cubs. He shot game just for a few pieces of meat or hide and left the rest to rot. What a fine English sportsman. I understand that at the time as now people hunted to eat, but I expected more from a so called gentleman. P7648

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Recommended, but only if you realize this is fiction, not history.

    Quite a yarn...but by an Englishman who did not visit the east coast of the U. S., let alone live much of his adult life in the West. Alligators in the rivers of the West indeed; rivers in the wrong place; Comanches pleading for his friendship (yea, right); tigers known only to Asia or Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Booooring!

    This should be listed as pure fiction. It is historically inacurate and full of errors and downright lies. He can't even get the names of the indian tribes of the area correct. Boring blowhard braggert bs'er!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    The story never did hold my interest

    The story never did hold my interest

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

    A really three-demensional look at life on the Plains in the mid

    A really three-demensional look at life on the Plains in the mid 1850’s.  For me, this reading really put in
    touch with what the pioneers went thru for everyday living.  This author has written several other 
    length, in-depths look at frontier life.  Yet doing a Google search, I could find NO information about
    this rather unique author. NOTHING.  Did he even extist. NO biography on his whatsoever... mmmmm
    Anyone know anything about the man???  Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    OK but repetitive

    read the first half you've read it all

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