the daring borderer...the Boone of North-Western Virginia."
-Wills de Hass, 1851
Lewis Wetzel came of age near the end of the Revolutionary War and was an important participant in the twenty-year war between the woodland Indian Nations and the settlers of western Pennsylvania, western Virginia, and Kentucky.
The novel, although classified as historical fiction, traces Wetzel's life over a period of more than twenty years, featuring events and the rich history that occurred in the upper Ohio River Valley, Kentucky, Ohio, and down the Mississippi to New Orleans.
According to de Hass, a historian in the mid-nineteenth century, "Wetzel's efforts were without parallel in border warfare."
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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Wetzel by Richard Fleming is a complex, yet thrilling historical novel that follows the life of a compelling character that emerged towards the end of the Revolutionary War, a hunter and a fierce fighter, Lewis Wetzel. He played an invaluable role in the war between the Indian Nations and the settlers in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. This book takes readers on Wetzel's adventures, demonstrating his bravery in war, and his cunning. The reader is introduced to his conflict with the Indians which endured after the war as the Indians pursued him to get their revenge. This is a well-crafted story that brilliantly showcases the conflict between the Native Americans and the frontiersmen, and the role that Wetzel played in the whole fray. Richard Fleming’s story is one that will transport readers to exciting moments in history and the power of his prose brings the action to life, giving the reader the feeling of actually taking part in the conflict. The book explores powerful themes, including warfare and courage, family and patriotism, friendship and love, and more. Wetzel is a book for readers who love strong settings, action-packed stories, and exciting themes. Fleming has the knack of weaving historical and cultural elements into the story while delighting readers with wonderful sights captured in vivid descriptions. The intricacy of the plot makes it compelling to read and there is just so much for the reader to enjoy. The characters are well-developed and the protagonist is one that readers will find hard to forget after reading this book. This is a masterful offering in the historical fiction genre, an absorbing tale with exciting moments to delight readers.