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Cherokee Talisman by David-Michael Harding (Spotlight, Book Giveaway)
David-Michael Harding is a life-long writer whose last
novel, How Angels Die, received critical acclaim. A former semi-professional football player,
his writing is hard hitting and passionate.
He holds a master’s degree in education and is an adjunct professor of
writing. His respect and admiration of Native American culture inspired this
novel. Most of his
days are spent writing from the cockpit of his sailboat, Pegasus, somewhere off the Nature Coast of Florida in the Gulf of
Talismanbrings to life characters from our history and
through a flare for fiction
and historical research, Harding tells their story. Cherokees that might be
painted by racist misconceptions as
blood thirsty savages are humanized by Harding, making them heroes of a very real time. History
is written by the victorious, but when almost forgotten historical characters are brought to life they are preserved for the ages, and in
this preservation David-Michael
Harding has succeeded.” - Cherokee NationPrincipal ChiefBill John Baker
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They were blood-thirsty savages – superstitious, dirty
They were thieves and killers who burned houses to the ground
and kidnapped women and children.
They were protectors of a Nation – guerrilla fighters serving
They were husbands and fathers who built homes in lush valleys
for their families.
They were – the same men.
In 1775 perspective came with the color of your skin.
An orphan boy, Totsuhwa, is taken
under the wing of legendary Cherokee war chief Tsi’yugunsini, the Dragon. But
even under a dragon’s wing isn’t safe when a covetous nation forms around them.
Amid the battles, Totsuhwa fights the reoccurring pain of loss
until he meets Galegi, who becomes his wife. Trying to raise their son in a
peace the new world won’t allow, they teach him the strictest Cherokee
traditions while white assimilation, encroachment, and treachery grows. General
Andrew Jackson wages war against tribes across the southeast and the toll is
high. With his people gradually losing everything, Totsuhwa must find a way to
save his family — and the Cherokee Nation — before all is lost.
Cherokee Talisman recreates the
neglected history that existed when one nation was born and another almost
In the darkest days of World War II, when France found itself at the mercy of a brutal dictator, the frontlines of resistance may just have been in the grasp of a few good women. In four fateful days, two remarkable sisters, Monique and Claire McCleash, battle the German occupation of their coastal French town in the early days of June 1944. While their mission is the same, their methods of upending the occupation are irreconcilably at odds. The strikingly beautiful Monique puts her body and wit to work for the Resistance by dating and sleeping with German officers, while her younger sister Claire elects instead to serve as an active combat guerilla fighter for the cause.
How Angels Dieis a highly dramatic novel with very strong female protagonists. The story is rife with action, conflict, and intrigue. Through it all, the characters struggle with devotion to family, country, cause, and oneself. The reader is effortlessly drawn along the storyline and feels the impact of the events surrounding the sisters. Compassion for the characters, German as well as French, runs deep and captures the imagination as coastal war-torn France comes alive on the pages.
More than a war story, How Angels Die compels its readers to face the decision-making processes that bring us to where we are and who we are. It also asks questions of the mind that expose prejudices and the eventual regret that follows.
"In How Angels Die Harding delivers an edge of the seat read as he skillfully summarizes the events and pain of years of conflict during the Nazi occupation of France into ninety-six gut wrenching, mesmerizing hours." David Roth, Tampa Writing Examiner
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