Painted Mountain: An Early American Adventure

 
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A true-to-life account of one man's odyssey across the vast American frontier in 1759 to avenge the deaths of his wife and two sons by a band of renegade Shawnees. While being held prisoner by the Shawnees, Josh Mosby befriends Tobahana, a Seneca warrior, who helps him escape only to begin a journey that takes them on an adventure that will eventually lead them to the Painted Mountain. They vow to send the infamous Scarface, scourge of the Shawnees to the spirit world of the damned, but after a year of dangerous encounters, Scarface still held his reputation as the most feared warrior on the frontier. Meriah, the sister of Tobahana, is taken by the Huron and held as a prize for Scarface, who uses her as a way to get to Tobahana. She eventually falls in love with Mosby, who helps save her from the evil Scarface. Miskka, the old Cherokee and fellow prisoner with Josh and Tobahana, becomes their best friend and hopes to return someday to his own people near the Cherokee's sacred Painted Mountain.

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Ken Henderson, the son of a coal miner, was born in Tazewell County, Virginia during the waning years of the Great Depression. After attending Richmond Professional Institute in the 1950's, he spent the next forty years in the art and publications field. He retired in 1992 from the U.S. Army Quartermaster College, as Chief of the Publications Division, responsible for Army training publications. In 1993, he and his wife, Marie, retired to the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia, where they started a new publishing company. In this, his first attempt at writing a novel, he used the actual setting of Paintlick Mountain in Tazewell County, as the subject matter. The mysterious mountain holds many secrets about the Indian pictographs adorning its southern limestone walls. His visits to the paintings as a boy exploring the mountain, left an indelible memory. Two years ago, he returned to the mountain, only to see that the elements were destroying the beautiful prehistoric artwork. Being an ardent history buff, Ken felt that the mountain which meant so much to the Cherokee and Shawnee tribes should not be forgotten. He has tried to present the material in this book in a way that honors the mountain's sacred past.

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