Hard to Die

Hard to Die

by Andra Watkins

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BN ID: 2940156701292
Publisher: Word Hermit Press LLC
Publication date: 10/27/2016
Series: Nowhere Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 978,371
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Andra Watkins has published works of fiction and non-fiction. Her acclaimed debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis inspired her to become the first living person to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did prior to the rise of steam power in the 1820’s. From March 1, 2014 to April 3, 2014, she walked fifteen miles a day. Six days a week. One rest day per week. She spent each night in the modern-day equivalent of stands, places much like Grinder’s Stand, where Meriwether Lewis died from two gunshot wounds on October 11, 1809.

In addition to celebrating the release of To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, the walk also inspired her New York Times best selling memoir on the adventure, Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, published in January 2015. Also published in 2015 is Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time, a collection of photographs from her 444-mile walk. Hard to Die is the follow-up novel to To Live Forever.

Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Michael T Maher. Find her at andrawatkins.com

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Hard To Die 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Unique, compelling, full of dimension and feeling, this is one you don't want to miss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Unique, compelling, full of dimension and feeling, this is one you don't want to miss!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings This was book two in a series, but is self contained, so you aren't missing much starting at book two. Theodosia Burr Alston died in a mysterious way and so she hasn't transitioned into the next "world" or something. She is stuck in Nowhere and has to do a good deed to be able to move forward. This book was completely out of my comfort zone with spirits and ghosts, but it worked a little for me because I am quite the historical fiction fan. Of course this book is also on point right now because of the whole Hamilton craze, so if you want more about Burr and his time after Hamilton this book hinted at his life through Theodosia's eyes.
KayceeInLaGrange More than 1 year ago
Five Stars, Definitely Five Stars!! I haven’t had so much fun reading about historic events and people since my school days! Thanks to Andra Watkins, her fertile imagination, and the in-depth research she obviously employs, I’ve found that historic figures coupled with fictional cohorts placed in locales easily recognizable today, will combine to provide terrific reading. Anyone who took an American history class knows about Aaron Burr. However, with the recent exception of fans of Broadway’s Hamilton, I’d wager not many know of his daughter and only child, Theodosia, brilliant, well-educated, wife of an early governor of South Carolina who, at age 29, having already suffered the tragedy of losing a child, was lost at sea and presumed dead. Hard to Die, Ms. Watkins’ second novel spun out of Nowhere, is Theodosia’s story, or more accurately that part of her story grown in the imagination of the author to give us a glimpse of Theodosia’s afterlife journey and her struggle to move beyond Nowhere. It’s a well-crafted tale, full of facts and characters from more than one time and place in history, interwoven with threads of intrigue, romance and a touch of terror. Although Hard to Die certainly stands well on its own (and is my favorite of the two), if you’ve read the author’s first novel, To Live Forever An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, you will already understand Nowhere, and you will surely sense a theme. I personally hope for more in this vein, and highly recommend you visit your favorite bookseller for your own copy of Hard to Die.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Theodosia Burr Alston, the daughter of Aaron Burr, is fiercely defensive of her father, believing others led him astray and that even others allowed his duel with Alexander Hamilton and his trial over supposedly being a traitor to label him as an infamous character. It’s now 1950 and Theodosia is having a hard time accepting that she is dead and between worlds. She has been given a mission, which she has to figure out herself with the occasional hints of a “Guardian.” She has already failed four times and will have thirteen times to get it right. If she doesn’t get it right, she will be forced to remain forever in this limbo of an existence. So she’s a divided character. Part of her wants to know the mission and complete it and the larger part of her wants to kill General Wilkinson, Aaron Burr’s partner at one time in planning an invasion of Mexico. But now General Wilkinson has a different role, one which is rather confusing to the reader at times. We next meet a West Point Cadet, Richard Cox, who used to be a spy against the Russians. Now “George” is forcing him to return to the spy business and Richard wants no part of it. George tells Richard that he will die if he doesn’t return. It seems there’s a spy who has been caught and some vital information is on the loose about nuclear weapons. Remember 1950 was a time of virulent anti-Communistic opinion. The plot gets murky, however, when the reader is not sure if George is on the sides of the Americans or Russians at odd moments here and there toward the latter part of the novel. Some other historical figures enter the fray as Theodosia and Richard get closer and the forces against them are oppressively close and threatening. All the historical characters in this novel have a good side and an evil side, and the reader must keep flipping the pages rapidly as the author does such a great job in mixing up the conclusions readers want to shape from the very first page. That takes talent, indeed! How many times can one die? Does goodness guarantee one will win the challenges that rapidly and forcefully impress Theodosia and Richard? Will these life-threatening scenes end in the separation of Richard and Theodosia who are getting ever closer? Good story, Andra Watkins!