The Hawksbill Crag

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A forbidden friendship with a 14 year-old slave causes her hanging, and the murder of his father. Now Union Captain Paintier returns for redemption, only hell stands in his way.
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A forbidden friendship with a 14 year-old slave causes her hanging, and the murder of his father. Now Union Captain Paintier returns for redemption, only hell stands in his way.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780741465238
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/20/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Missouri author, Richard O. Snelson has roots that are set deeply in the Crawford county area he writes about. The Snelson-Brinker cabin, built in 1834, still stands proudly in the Ozark Mountains located near Meramec Springs. Snelson was intrigued when he learned of the 1838 hanging of a 14-year-old slave girl who once lived there. Hence, The Hawksbill Crag adventure novel was born. He has also written a light-hearted novel about the country music and outdoor wonderland around Branson, and for aviation publications. Richard and his wife, RoxAnne, enjoy living on a ranch with their horses, while he continues to pen stories of the Ozark area he loves.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

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    Inspired by the 1838 hanging of a fourteen year old slave girl who once lived in the Snelson-Brinker cabin, combined with the deep roots of Missouri author, Richard Oliver Snelson, a Masterpiece of historical fiction was born. Captain Paintier lives with disturbing, haunting memories of his boyhood home. Under military orders, he must return to his homeland as he relives his nightmares of the past. Tormented by guilt, dedication to his call of duty, his new love life and the burning desire to cleanse his past sins, he finds himself on a dark road to danger. Who was involved in a forbidden friendship, and who was responsible for the death of a young girl? It is many years later when the Captain returns, does he seek redemption, and can he mend his old wounds? I highly recommend this captivating book to all fiction lovers, who enjoy intense drama with explosive action in an intriguing adventure. The story grabs your attention immediately and the characters come to life, along with Southern mythology, culture, and tradition. The author conveys the issues of the Civil War, injustice, and the horrifying incident at Steelville. Who was responsible for the ambush that burned down Nelson's home, and killed his dad? How old was Nelson the day they murdered Mary, and what happened to Joshua's mother? The reader can imagine frightened horses running in pouring rain as Richard Oliver Snelson describes hardships of war and chilling events in a battle cry for freedom, made for the movie screen. The story is insightful, as spine-tingling as REVENGE, and as thrilling as THE COURAGE OF LOVE. "THE HAWKSBILL CRAG" is historical fiction at its best!

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