With the events of the past year freshly engraved in his mind, Jacob Murray lies in wait, just a stone's throw from a French outpost in the midst of the western Pennsylvania wilderness. Having teamed up with the two young men who helped his wife escape her Huron captors, he waits for any sign of Maggie or the French merchant who purchased her.A straightforward plan for ambush soon goes awry and Jacob and Joshua are separated from Maggie and One-Ear; the latter pair heads towards Canada, the former for Fort Duquesne.While Maggie's efforts to escape and avoid French captivity lead to unexpected encounters with the native tribes of New York and Canada, including the great Ottawa leader Pontiac, Jacob himself is taken captive by the French.With Joshua's help, he is able to escape, but life as a deserter is very dangerous, especially when the British army is amassing nearby under the watchful eye of Major General Edward Braddock.Jacob and Maggie Murray long for their peaceful life on the homestead in Pennsylvania, but with two great countries and their native allies battling over the Ohio Valley, their wishes must remain ungranted...at least for now."...
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Jacob Murray often longed for the companionship of his twin, Isaac, a man who had been burnt alive at Fort Necessity. Perhaps Isaac more than anyone could understand what he was going through. The wilderness was unforgiving and loss almost seemed to be an inevitable fact of life. Jacob longed more than anything for his wife Maggie and his children. The cabin had been burned to the ground and the children undoubtedly had been captured by the Huron. Perhaps there was little hope for his children, but when Jacob sank his knife into the ugly merchant's shoulder, revenge could be his at last for the one who had stolen his wife. "That English woman," Monsieur LaMont snarled, "is mine. She is my property and will be shipped to Quebec with the rest of my goods." It would be a life of drudgery, little higher than one of a slave for Maggie, and Jacob had to fight for her. His knife hit the mark, but only did enough damage to land him in the stockade at Fort Dusquesne. The French merchant had won, but only this one round. Maggie was headed toward the fort at Niagara, accompanied by a young French soldier, Frederick Duval. Their once idyllic home and life in Pennsylvania was no more as the winds of war were aimed toward Fort Dusquesne at the Forks of Ohio. Little could Maggie have known that Jacob was a deserter, but there was one man who knew. "My duty is to take this man back and see him hang under a British flag," barked Stuart, a compatriot from his old regiment. But then again the French were more than willing to string him up first. Captain Stobo, a man whose neck could be stretched by the French as well, needed Jacob to carry a message to Colonel Washington at Will's Creek. Escape would be difficult at best, but could he possibly evade the watchful eyes of the French? Joshua, a young man who had been taken by the Huron as a child, could possibly help Jacob in his quest, but winter would soon be upon them.This is the gripping tale of Maggie and Jacob, whose family and lives were torn apart as the French and British battle for control of the Ohio Valley. S. Thomas Bailey masterfully weaves the history of the era in the pages of this book. Even those unfamiliar with the times will be able to journey with all sides as they converge on the Ohio Valley. We are able to meet the ill-fated Major General Braddock, George Washington, and even catch a glimpse of Benjamin Franklin. The Huron, whom we get to know a lot about, have a major presence in the tale. For example, we learn that they believed that "the scalp represents the warrior's soul." This is the second in the Gauntlet Runner series, but can stand alone. Quill says: Shades of Death is historical fiction as its very best as S. Thomas Bailey brings the struggles of Colonial America to life.