Give Your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men

Give Your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men

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by Win Blevins, Winfred Blevins
     
 

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Stunningly portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Golden Globe Award-winning and twelve-time Academy Award nominated film The Revenant, mountain man Hugh Glass’s harrowing journey 300 miles to civilization after being mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead is just one of the incredible adventures Spur Award Winning author Win Blevins explores in

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Stunningly portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Golden Globe Award-winning and twelve-time Academy Award nominated film The Revenant, mountain man Hugh Glass’s harrowing journey 300 miles to civilization after being mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead is just one of the incredible adventures Spur Award Winning author Win Blevins explores in Give Your Heart to the Hawks.
In addition to the captivating story of Hugh Glass, Win Blevins presents a poetic tribute to these dauntless "first Westerners" who explored the Great American West from the time of Lewis and Clark into the 1840s. As trappers in a hostile, trackless land, their exploits opened the gates of the mountains for the wagon trains of pioneers who followed them. Here, among many, are the enthralling stories of:

* John Colter, who, in 1808, naked and without weapons or food, escaped captivity by the Blackfeet and ran and walked 250 miles to Fort Lisa at the mouth of the Yellowstone River;

• Kit Carson, who ran away from home at age 17, became a legendary mountain man in his 20s and served as scout and guide for John C. Fremont's westward explorations of the 1840s;

• Jedediah Smith, a tall, gaunt, Bible-reading New Yorker whose trapping expeditions ranged from the Rockies to California and who was killed by Comanches on the Cimarron in 1831.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“It was an epic time, which lasted hardly more than a third of a century before civilization swarmed west on trails the mountain men had blazed. Now Blevins sees they are paid the awed honor that is due them, in a book which has the drama and suspense of a novel.” —Los Angeles Times

“No one since the great A. B. Guthrie, Jr., has a better feel for the world of the mountain man.” —Don Coldsmith

“For the lover of the early West, it is good entertainment... with lots of color, suspense and excitement.” —The Denver Post

Kirkus Reviews
Western novelist Blevins (Ravenshadow, 1999, etc.) spins robust, theatrical and mostly true tales of early-19th-century American mountain men. He comes at the stories with gusto, dramatizing to a certain extent these frontiersmen's fantastic experiences, from the exploits of John Colter in 1808 to Kit Carson's legendary work as John C. Fremont's scout during the 1840s. Along the upper Missouri River, Colter ran afoul of some Blackfeet Indians, who stripped him of his clothes and told him to run. Stark naked, with nothing but his hands to gather food, he managed to make his way hundreds of miles to Fort Lisa on the Yellowstone. Blevins follows up that opening chapter with the equally mind-boggling saga of Hugh Glass, torn to shreds by a grizzly bear and left in the hands of two reluctant young caregivers who were annoyed when he didn't die quickly. After they abandoned him, taking his rifle and supplies, he crawled and stumbled for 250 miles to Fort Kiowa. Blevins colorfully profiles several other hardy adventurers, including hardcore wanderer Jedediah Smith-men for whom it was natural when departing each other's company to talk of a rendezvous two years down the line. Yet he dismisses the notion that they were vagabonding reprobates, pointing to their varied business interests. The author also unsnarls the competing agendas of the various fur-collecting agencies and ponders the sexual mores of natives and trappers. Most gratifyingly, he evokes the glories of the mountain men's geography: the natural wonders they described from the Missouri River to the Sierra Nevada to the sere Southwest. Wilderness stories that will leave you agape and agog.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765314352
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/29/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
144,669
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Win Blevins is the author of a dozen novels, several volumes of informal history, and Dictionary of the American West. Among his awards: In 2003 Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers named him Writer of the Year, Stone Song, won the a Spur Award and a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Best Fiction. Win's his first novel in the Forge "Rendezvous" series, So Wild a Dream, won the Spur award for Best Novel of the West in 2004.

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Give Your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
knifemakerj More than 1 year ago
A superb fictionalized account of real life characters in history. I highly recommend all of Win Blevin's books. He has a great writing style that is heavily character based. You learn about the Fur Trade Era through compelling story and narrative. This current format of this title is really a nice size and look.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazingly vivid and dramatic recreation of the adventures of the first white Americans to go West, the mountain men. Blevins retells the old stories wonderfully for a contemporary audience. His research is broad and deep, his understanding of the time and place impeccable. History brought to vital life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exciting and spellbinding account of early Rocky Mountain exploration. Very factual account of the early indians and their way of life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Blevins does a ¿fair¿ job of portraying the 'mountain man' era. However, it becomes apparent from the bibliographies his 'research' rarely went beyond similar books published before the 1940's. In doing so he inadvertently missed much of what was abundantly written in the 1800¿s by the actual explorers themselves. ¿Lakeside Classics' has an excellent series of mountain men era 'reprints' of rare narratives written by those 'who were there.' As well intentioned as Mr. Blevins' book is, he missed a lot of 'flavor' by not delving further into the history of the mountain men.