All John Henry wanted to do in 1846 was wave the flag and fight his country's enemies. But when the United States Army of the West enters Santa Fé at the opening of the war with Mexico, his world is turned upside down. In Santa Fé he meets Morita. His mind opens, and he begins to wonder whether he can support this war against a people who have not wronged him or his country.
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Anthony Bradford (“Brad”) and John Henry Harris were both Missourians who enlisted as members of The United States Army of the West group, posted at Fort Leavenworth. They were very different in personality but immediately became close friends. Their group had intended to fight the Mexicans for the Santa Fe area but arrived to a peaceful, community under United States control. While in Leavenworth, awaiting further assignments, the guys often visited the local cantinas. It was during on of these visits that Morita “caught John Henry’s eye”. From that point on, john Henry began to view his attitudes, thoughts, and goals differently. The were sexual situations, although it contained no explicit scenes, that made it undesirable for YA reading. It would be disturbing for some adults as well. The development of the characters were done well. One cold easily feel familiar with them. The scenic/background was described quite well. Te title is good but the book cover would have been a better selling point if some Calvary people or scene depiction had been included. As it stands, it is a passable cover. This was an interesting tale and the “flow” of the story steadily moved along. It was well written, but the “journey” was too prolonged for me (as I am certain it was for the group, as well!) Although written well, I had a hard time staying involved in the story and the ending was good but slightly vague, therefore, my review of this novel offers a Four Stars rating. ^This was generously sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which I have given.
Dr. Hague is an excellent writer and historian and he demonstrates that only too well in this story of an American soldier caught up in America’s conquest of California. I see that this novel has been suggested as a Romance, and it is, but it many more things than that. It could easily be counted among the categories of historical, western, action, adventure, and general fiction. The author weaves a story that is compelling and real. The characters are real to the reader, and timeless in the way they are presented. This is the sign of a good writer as well as the sign of a person who has studied his history, and Dr. Hague has spent a career studying history. Read this story and you will find that it stays with you long after you’ve put it down, and, as with all good historical fiction, you will be rewarded with a rich history lesson as well as an entertaining yarn. John Horst, Author