by Richard Puz

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The inspiration for my stories draws from my novels and family tales of settlers who journeyed to the American frontier in the 1800s. Their accounts, passed down through the generations, paint pictures of courageous and adventurous people—a hearty lot—who had perseverance, self reliance, and, despite dangers and fears of the unknown wilderness, overcame their misgivings. Most were not famous or widely celebrated, yet they carved out homes, farms, and a life on the frontier, and, in the process, created a great nation. They are heroes in my eyes.
From my research, I better understand the plight of early Native Americans. They were ultimately swept aside by the oncoming tide of settlers, despite being fierce and resourceful. There came a time for compassion by the conquering invaders. In too many instances, it did not occur and remains a part of America’s legacy.
Thank you for reading my short stories.
Richard Puz

Product Details

BN ID: 2940032810407
Publisher: Richard Puz
Publication date: 10/07/2011
Series: American Frontier--Short Stories by Richard Puz , #8
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 456,537
File size: 141 KB

About the Author

The new series of "K" novels begins with Blood Tax, set in a very different era from the previous novels, 16th century, and location, the Fiefdom of Kostel on the Balkan Peninsula--right at the frontier dividing line between Muslim followers of the Ottoman Empire and Christian feudal serfs living and farming on the lands of the Hapsburg Monarchy. Turkish brigands attack Am Furtt, a small farming hamlet, creating terror, burning farms and abusing villagers. The objective of the Turks is to kidnap five-to-ten-year-old boys and girls as white slaves. The young ones are converted to Islam and prepared to serve the Sultan as loyal elitists--warriors, administrators, clergy and sex slaves. Maria is raped by the Azim, the leader. He divines that a child is conceived from the union and vows to return in five years to collect his son. After fighting battles on the shores of the Caspian Sea, Azim and his men return to Am Furtt. This time, the serfs are ready. The author's books are well researched and authentically portray the difficult life of serfs living under the lord of the castle in the 1600's.

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Smoke 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
avidreader70SE More than 1 year ago
This was a great short story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. Thanks for the great read. J.... :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VERY GOOD READ! I really like Richard Puz's short stories, including this one. Based on well researched facts, they give a gripping narrative on what the American Frontier was like. I felt like I was on the front line of this fire with the families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great short story. Our pioneer forefather's had much to worry about and you can imagine the terror of a prairie wildfire.
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Lays on the moss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
0 bey points.