Dragon's Bones

Dragon's Bones

by James A. Hetley

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Few things about Stonefort are exactly as they seem.

Stonefort, small fishing village and harbor and township and island, sits off the Maine coast, about as far Down East as you can get without passing through Canadian Customs. Only the Salt Hay Bridge connects it to the mainland and rest of the Boston States. If you held a vote, probably more than half of the residents would choose to blow up that bridge and all it implies.

Those residents are about as hard and abrasive as the granite under their boots or the weather that can kill even the most experienced sailors any day of the year. Descended from a peculiar alliance between Naskeag Indians and Welsh refugees from the fire and sword of Edward I of England, they hold a well-earned distrust of strangers and governments and laws, things that seem calculated to keep a man or woman from surviving on an unforgiving land and sea.

From jack-lighting a deer out of season up through running rum or dope under the noses of the Coast Guard, even outright piracy with cutlass and cannon or computer -- as long as you never foul your own nest, you do what you have to do. If Stonefort bothered with a town motto, it would be some Latin or Welsh version of "Getting By."

Getting by in Stonefort includes true magic lurking under the surface and in the shadows. Magic flows in the power of the hidden spring of the Haskell House, in the Stonefort granite and oaks and pines that speak through the hands of Rowley men and women who have crafted them for generations. The Haskell Witches and the Rowleys have carried the sword and scales of Stonefort justice for centuries. They are far more likely to protect their people with a strong right arm or magic than resort to law. It's more reliable and faster, more suited to a life in a harsh land than the indifferent fancies of far-off politicians.

In this latest installment in the Stonefort saga, Maine author James A. Hetley revisits the tough land when a logging camp becomes the center of illegal activity in this world and perhaps in another as well. Nurse and cop, both must face a special duty in the face of Dragon's Bones.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012768025
Publisher: James A. Hetley
Publication date: 07/18/2011
Series: Stonefort Stories , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 113 KB

About the Author

Contemporary fantasy author James A. Hetley lives in the Maine setting of his novels The Summer Country, The Winter Oak, Dragon's Eye, and Dragon's Teeth. Place names, events, and people have been changed to protect the author from lawsuits. The weather, on the other hand, can't sue for libel and is real.

A self-employed architect, he specializes in renovation and reuse of older buildings. Some of those also show up in his stories, playing themselves. Other diverse connections to his writing include black belt rank in Kempo karate, three years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, a ham radio license, and such diverse jobs as auto mechanic, trash collector, and operating engineer in a refrigeration plant. His wife, a professional naturalist, provides advice on the realistic limitations of dragon behavior.

Unlike many other writers of fantasy, he does not have a personal cat to supervise and critique his work. However, neighborhood cats pursue him for professional-grade chin-scratching services.

Web page: http://www.sfwa.org/members/hetley
Live Journal: jhetley.livejournal.com

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lizzeee More than 1 year ago
Myth, adventure, magic, and mystery drive Dragon's Bones. Things are not as they seem in Stonefort, Maine, for generations. The first Europeans to step onto the New World at Stonefort were seelies, the Morgans, men who become seals in the water. Only the men have the ability to change, but the women pass on the gene. Morgans intermarried with the native population, but they remained people of the sea, pirates, master thieves, and masters of deception. The next group of Europeans included the Haskell¿s, and the Haskell witch was known far and wide in the area as a protector and healer. Their roots and intermarriages with the Native Americans go even further than the Morgans¿. At one point, a Haskell had a Morgan daughter, Caroline Haskell. Caroline is an anthropologist studying in the southwest. When the wise woman she had been interviewing is about to die, she is called back. There, Grandmother Walks sets Carline on a quest to find the Hunter of stolen bodies to fight the powerful brujo from South America. This was a complex, thoroughly engrossing plot driven by complex historied characters. It's a fun, challenging read!
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