Modoc Sundance (The Frontiersmen, 2)

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"The Lava Beds War erupts in 1872 near Tule Lake, California, with a bungled attempt to arrest Captain Jack, leader of a band of free-roaming Modoc Indians. Mr. Belanger presents the ensuing conflict as a seminal event in Western history, one of those rare moments that divide history into before and after. Belanger's standpoint is that two conflicting sets of Indian policies dominated in the nineteenth Century. The first policy, influenced by Penn's ideals, sought the evangelization of Natives and their integration into an agrarian ideal. The second policy sought the outright elimination of any people that resisted Manifest Destiny. Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee would never have occurred without the Modoc conflict. The most compelling account of the Modoc War ever written, this action-packed, innovatively written and richly detailed historical novel vividly portrays the collision of two civilizations: one reaching its manifest destiny, one struggling for survival. Mr. Belanger draws heavily upon firsthand accounts ─ soldiers' letters, Army Museum records and, very convincingly so, Grant's Memoirs. "Modoc Sundance" also draws interesting parallels with Herodotus, as well as The Iliad. It captures the challenge of crossing the murderous lava beds under nourished fire, the xenophobia and racial tensions between red and white and among the whites themselves, and the stark beauty of the Southern Cascades. Scrupulously researched and peerless in its insights on the tragedy that led to the death of the only major-general ever killed during a Indian conflict, Belanger's account is a monument of a book, teaming with unforgettable characters, full of the stark grandeur, violence and vitality of California's Siskiyou County, unrelenting action, poignancy, and sheer energy. Never before had one recreated in such powerful and convincing prose the tragedy of an Indian war." ─ Wolfhouse

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Powerful dialogue Vivid portraits A raw Iliad of the West written a la Peckinpah, Modoc Sundance is a brilliant and haunting novel, set against the backdrop of Northern California’s Lava Beds country. We join Indian Affairs auxiliary James Wallace in his unrelenting search for Chief jack, remorseful abductor of a strong willed woman rancher; Sho Oks, ambitious shaman of the Dreamer’s Sect who will use all means to keep the Bluecoats at bay; Krueger, a rancher whose real motives will remain unclear until his tragic end; and a middle-aged general, Edward Canby, grappling with guilt and silent perplexity. This Big-Screen-like novel includes stirring portraits of President Ulysses Grant, Chief of Staff Sherman and Gen. Jefferson C. Yankee Davis, and it brings alive that dignity of Modoc Chief Captain Jack’s fierce struggle for justice. At once realistic yet woven with adventure and parallel intrigues of two conspiracies, scrupulously researched and peerless in its insights on the 1873 Lava Beds War, Modoc Sundance is a monument of a book, teeming with unforgettable characters, full of stark grandeur, violence and vitality of Siskiyou County, unrelenting action, and sheer energy.

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Sean Belanger, a former mountaineer and professor of Management, has jumped out of airplanes at 15,000 feet, trekked to Mt. McKinley and engaged in deep caving on four continents. He remains a professional motivational speaker and is working on his third book, My Place in the Sun.

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