The Making of a Forest Fighter: An Account of Harila’s War By the Doshi Hero, Ribtol

The Making of a Forest Fighter: An Account of Harila’s War By the Doshi Hero, Ribtol

by Bob Rich

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BN ID: 2940148265320
Publisher: Anina's Book Company
Publication date: 01/29/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 745 KB

About the Author

As of December, 2013, Dr Bob Rich has had 15 of his books published, 5 of them award winners. You can read an extract from each, and several short stories and essays, at his writing showcase

Bob is a professional grandfather, with hundreds of grandkids all over the planet, most of whom he has never met. As far as he is concerned, every child is his grandkid, and deserves a good life. This is why he is a passionate conservationist: he wants a future for those kids, and a future worth living in. The Stories of the Ehvelen illustrate the culture change needed: from the Doshi greed and aggression, to the Ehvelen compassion and cooperation. In this book, the Ehvelen are seen from the outside, through Ribtol’s eyes, but in fact they hated killing, even in self-defence, and were passionate about correcting any injustice. We should all be Ehvelen, as far as our modern situation allows.

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The Making of a Forest Fighter: An Account of Harila’s War By the Doshi Hero, Ribtol 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
maxoverton More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed other Ehvelen stories by Bob Rich, but ‘The Making of a Forest Fighter’ was something different for me. Not that I didn’t enjoy it – I did, very much – but it presented me with a whole new point of view. For one thing, most of the story was seen through the eyes of Ribtol, a Doshi warrior and mortal enemy of the diminutive Ehvelen. For another, I was unprepared for the complexity of a story that combines history with fantasy in such a seamless way. The Doshi are nomadic horsemen from the steppes of Asia, who live for fighting and conquest, and the Ehvelen are peaceable elf-like beings who inhabit the forests bordering these open grasslands. But this is no simple story of tribes of warlike thugs meeting gentle civilised people, for both societies have a complex hierarchy, set of customs, patterns of speech and religious beliefs, and both peoples display courage, humour and compassion as well as a range of human weaknesses. They are real people, well-rounded and believable. It is to Bob’s credit that he presents both sides of the conflict in a realistic way, so one feels sympathy for the Ehvelen desperately defending their territory and way of life, and also for young Ribtol, wrestling with his insights and feelings as he accompanies his warlike brethren into battle. We encounter many things we find distasteful in Doshi society – slavery, cruelty, the oppression of women – but in the context of the times and people involved, these horrors are more than just gratuitous shocks to the system. Rather, they display the realism of a life within a strongly patriarchal society. One may not like the Doshi as a people, but by the end of ‘The Making of a Forest Fighter’ one has at least enjoyed the company of one young warrior as he learns to transcend the savagery of his people and become fully human. Bob supplies a lot of explanatory detail in notes at the end, and I found myself reading this after I read the story, and then re-reading parts to gain a better understanding of this complex and fascinating tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Making of a Forest Fighter is a tale of the Doshi, a warrior tribe predating the Huns but similar in their mores, solely occupied in wars of aggression and revenge. The saga of Harila’s War recounts the Doshi attack on the Ehvelen (whom the reader quickly recognizes as the Elven)—humans versus beings far superior to us, though smaller in size: the Little People. We are introduced to the narrator, Ribtol, from the beginning, the Forest Fighter of the title. Admirable from the first sentence of this unusual book with its stark realism combined with faerie, Ribtol shows compassion, flexibility, and the ability to learn from cultures other than his own, which is rigidly hierarchical. The reader comes to admire him, in part because of his very human weakness—fear. He considers himself a coward, since before he goes into danger, he suffers nightmares that leave him drenched in sweat. To cure himself, he volunteers for the most perilous expeditions. Unlike his peers, he is kind to women and treasures his wife Karinn, even though she is short, and by implication therefore inferior to others. The book portrays one bloody battle after another, with staggering losses of Doshi fighters. Given the high rate of attrition, women, who should be prized as givers of life, are valued the same as slaves. A woman with a daughter and far advanced in pregnancy is barely worth a horse. The author displays rich imagination in his account of three very different cultures: the peace- and beauty-loving Ehvelen (who, when attacked, slaughter the aggressor with efficiency and finesse), the Areg, a tribe of traders, who bargain with the Doshi for timber captured from Ehvelen forests, and, of course, the Doshi themselves. Author Rich paints them almost entirely from Ribtol’s point of view. Ribtol speaks in the Doshi fashion, using complex honorific titles, idiosyncrasies of speech (including “eh?” at the end of every question), and a unique measuring system of time and distance. The reader is well advised to read the explanatory notes at the end of the book! We watch Ribtol grow from callow youth through fear courageously overcome, wounding and suffering, but most of all through his intelligent, kindly nature, into a true human being, closer to the Ehvelen than to his own savage kind—a most satisfying “redemption” for the protagonist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first couple of paragraphs, this amazing story captured my interest and my imagination, and kept me enthralled to the very last page. It is not an era that I am familiar with, but the author has remarkable knowledge and it shows. The story revolves around the Doshi people and their sworn enemies the Ehvelen, or as the Doshi prefers to call them, the Midgets because of their small stature. The Doshi are brave warriors, who confront their enemy head on, whereas the Midgets engage in a type of guerrilla warfare, very effective and deadly. The Doshi are barbaric in some of their customs, i.e. whipping and gelding of male slaves, but in the context of the story and the era, it is not gratuitous. The hero is Ribtol a young Doshi warrior who truly loves his wife Karinn and I found there interaction to be quite romantic. Lyalla, a woman who was once a captive of the Doshi, becomes the leader of the Midgets, and she wages a long and bitter guerrilla campaign against them. There is a bit of everything in this book, adventure, bravery, treachery and love, and I would certainly recommend it for anyone wanting an exciting and interesting read. It is impeccably written and well edited.