The Battle of Seattle
Heroes & History Series
Paperback. 308 Pages
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It's 1855, and tensions in the Pacific Northwest between white settlers and native tribes have led to scores of deaths on both sides. As all-out war seems inevitable, young William Tidd, an express rider for the militia, joins Charles Eaton's Rangers on a mission to hunt down Chief Leschi of the Nisqually and end the bloodshed before it escalates. Through skirmishes, raids, close calls, and betrayal-William's assumptions, courage, and faith will all be challenged in a few breakneck weeks.
"“Boshton!” There it was again. The Indian had recovered his footing and, by the sounds of it, had made up for lost time. “Boshton!” The Indian was relentless. He was almost on top of him. William’s lungs felt like they were aflame. If only he had a Hudson Bay trade musket. He wouldn’t be in this predicament if he’d had a primed musket at the ready. Muskets cost too much. Now it would come down to a face-to-face, hand-to-hand (William groped for his bowie knife), a blade-to-blade fight with an Indian..."
Bond’s latest historical novel is a compelling and indispensable addition to a lesser-known chapter in American history. Bond’s fresh and engaging portrayal of the tragic clash of cultures in the Puget Sound Indian Wars of 1855–56 not only confronts today’s cultural and racial tensions but also provides hope for the future. Essential reading for every student of American history.
- Larry Faulk, former Washington State senator
Readers won’t even realize they are learning true history—wonderful for young adults, truly for any age. . . . Delightful book, difficult to put down.
- Patricia Ryan, public librarian