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Shadow of an Indian Star is an epic novel which chronicles three generations of a brawling pioneer family, their friends and enemies, and the women who helped battle tragedy, corruption, and their own inner demons to save themselves and the Chickasaw Nation from annihilation.

In 1825, 16-year-old Smith Paul runs away from a broken North Carolina home, is adopted into the Chickasaw tribe, and travels the infamous Trail of Tears to Indian Territory with his adopted family, Rev. ...

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Shadow of an Indian Star is an epic novel which chronicles three generations of a brawling pioneer family, their friends and enemies, and the women who helped battle tragedy, corruption, and their own inner demons to save themselves and the Chickasaw Nation from annihilation.

In 1825, 16-year-old Smith Paul runs away from a broken North Carolina home, is adopted into the Chickasaw tribe, and travels the infamous Trail of Tears to Indian Territory with his adopted family, Rev. McClure and his captivating Chickasaw bride, Ala-Teecha. There, Smith rediscovers the rich, pristine valley between two rivers he had encountered years before as a scout. Out of raw wilderness, he forges Smith Paul’s Valley where he vows that whites, Indians, and blacks will be treated equally. Torn between love and honor, Ala-Teecha remains a pillar of strength as she and Smith fight their forbidden love for each other.

Charismatic Sam Paul, Smith’s half-breed son, rides with his own renegade posse, including former Billy the Kid sidekick Fred Waite. Sam is brought before "hanging judge" Parker for murder three times before he’s finally convicted on manslaughter. His stint in jail opens his eyes to the greed of white men and he returns home determined to rescue Indian Territory from impending white encroachment. Sam’s insatiable lust earns him a libertine reputation until he meets the one woman who can sequester his fiery passion, the spirited Jennie Tolbert – the only woman Sam Paul ever truly loved.

Sam makes deadly enemies as he rises to political power, but no one bears him as much hatred as his neglected, bitter son, Joe Paul, who possesses all the Pauls’ passionate fire and none of his father/s charisma nor his grandmother’s visionary fair-mindedness. Jealousy drives Joe to seduce Jennie, igniting a bitter feud between father and son. One woman believes she can tame the desperate Joe Paul, brawny Maulsey Stewart, but Joe is already on a one-way path to self-destruction.

Today, the reborn Chickasaw Nation is thriving, and the Paul family rests in peace in Pauls Valley’s old cemetery around which so much turmoil swirled for decades.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780975592229
  • Publisher: Synergy Books
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2007

    Grabs and keeps your attention

    Shadow of an Indian Star relates accurate historical date, while keeping your attention with the personal ongoing saga of the Paul Family. Such a wonderful read. One of those books you cannot put down!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2005

    Shadow of an Indian Star is sure to touch your spirit

    This intimate and compelling story of the settling of Smith Pauls Valley, Indian Territory, and the hardship that Native American peoples' suffered as a result of their displacement, ie: the Trail of Tears, is sure to leave you feeling as though the characters are a part of your own family. An easy and engrossing read on a tough and almost incomprehensible period of American history, this book will make you want to embrace your own heritage, and quite possibly visit (Smith) Paul's Valley, OK., Indian Territory. Having grown up in Paul's Valley, I had certain expectations of this novel, of which all were met and even exceeded in certain instances. Now residing in CA. and upon revisiting my home of youth, I was pleased at the new affinity I had for the land--an affinity gained solely through reading Shadow of an Indian Star. I am grateful that works of this nature are still being written!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2005

    An up-all-nighter!

    I really enjoyed this book. I don't generally read this type of genre but this book kept my interest till it was done and I found myself wanting a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2005

    Exciting Story Based on Facts

    This book is very well written and will capture you from the moment you begin. Be prepared to join the lives of three important men: Smith Paul, Sam Paul and Joe Paul. You will also meet other folks that had a huge impact on these three men. I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    A Page Turner

    This book is not only entertaining but a wonderful history lesson as well. It may not make you proud to be an American at times. Smith Paul strived all his life for justice and equality for all races and was met by violence and betrayal. It is ironic that violence and betrayal destroyed his own family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    Remarkable!!

    This book exhibits clear images of the people and events that took place. It is a very well written, easy read masterpiece that has something to offer everyone. This book is highly recomended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    A Tale of Chickasaw Survival!!

    Once you start reading this book, you will not want to put it down. If families like the Pauls and McClures had not existed, the Chickasaws would have been wiped out completely. Governor Anoatubby's remarks make you realize how far the tribe has come in the past few years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2005

    ONE OF THE BEST READS FOR 2005

    This book is a wonderful mix of fact and adventure. It sets the plot in such a way that before you know it you travel back in time. It has everything in it to make a person spell bound. The adventures of Smith Paul are heart wrenching. Yet, captivating! It is very well written and is a must read for 2005!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Shadow of an Indian Star, an Epic

    Shadow of an Indian Star is well researched, written and easy to comprehend. This reader felt as if he was there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    MUST READ

    Once you begin you won't want to put it down. Doesn't make me proud of my white side, but a real flag waver for my Chickasaw side. You become a part of this story as you read it. This is one book I will read again and again, and hope there are more to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Shadow of an Indian Star

    This book has a little of everything, so should hold everyones interest. It is a very well-written story about the Paul family in all their glory, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, set against a historical back-drop about all the wrongs done to a whole nation of people. It leaves you wanting more! I sure would like to see a movie or mini-series come from this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    Shadow of an Indian Star

    A good insight into the way things were and the wrongs that were done to a whole nation of people. Getting to see and know the different charcters who helped settle the west and be a part of thier life and times was very exciting and very painful at the same time. It left a big empty feeling inside me and a sadness for the way things were, as opposed to the way they should have been. I couldn't put the book down, it is a very good story about the Paul family, the good, the bad, and the ugly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    A Star of a Book

    Reviewed by Regis Schilken who is a former teacher and administrator with the Pittsburgh Public School System. He has authored several magazine articles, five novels, and one published short story in the Dan River Anthology. -------------------------------------------------------- -----------------------------------Who was to know that when Smith Paul said, ¿Good night, Mama,¿ and walked off into the Carolina darkness in 1825, that his journey would be extremely influential to the recognition and success of the Chickasaw Indians as a Nation three generations later. Shadow Of An Indian Star draws together the tattered threads of the Paul family¿s history beginning with sixteen-year-old Smith Paul, and ending in the late 1980s, with the reelection of Anoatubby as the thirtieth Governor of the Chickasaw nation, a post he held for four consecutive terms. The book paints the colorful characters of this novel against a historical background rich with detail. The sixteen year old Smith Paul is seen as a daring pioneer who strikes out alone, yet due to a heroic life-saving incident, is inducted into the Chickasaw tribe. With his new family, he travels to an unspoiled valley with rivers on either side. Here, the individual tribal families are slowly forged into a cohesive self-governing unit where Indians, whites, and blacks will be treated equally. But the equality laws of Smith Paul¿s dream are not upheld by white settlers in their indomitable quest to move West, and stake out their own homesteads, with little regard for the Chickasaw people. Time after time, these peace-loving, industrious Indians are disenfranchised often through terror and murder. Due to the courageous Sam Paul, Smith Paul¿s son, Shadow Of An Indian Star traces the minute beginnings of Chickasaw political power, as knowledge about the real nature of Indians as genuine human beings, came to be understood and recognized. Although Oklahoma never became a Chickasaw state as Bill Paul had hoped, today it is recognized as its own nation with its own governing body and elected officials. Southern Oklahoma is densely populated by these courageous folks, whose towns, cities, businesses and enterprises are prospering. Indeed, Chickasaws can be found in every state in our nation. Shadow Of An Indian Star is an easy read, although often quite sad. Americans today are not responsible for the sins of their ancestors yet one cannot help feel a bit of shame that a nation dedicated to democratic ideals, began with such savagery toward a misunderstood Indian people. It is historical, but its complex facts are presented in a rich, intriguing, scholarly manner. I would highly recommend Bill and Cindy Paul¿s book to any reader seeking a more positive understanding of the Chickasaw Nation and their ageless hopes for an extremely bright future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    Wow! What a book!

    Find a comfortable chair before reading this book because you won't want to put it down once you start. It's fast moving, well-written, and hits every emotion--you'll find yourself laughing and crying throughout the book. Absolutely loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Great Book

    I really enjoyed this book. It is fast reading and very well written. I did not like Sam Paul at first but toward the end, he did redeem himself. I cried at the end of the book because it was really sad the way Joe Pauls' life ended. He was not a good guy but he didn't deserve to die the way he did.

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