AN AMERICAN IN CALIFORNIA
A Historial Novel
By Peter Kazaks
Adventure, romance, jealousy, murder, and travel through a harrowing wilderness combine in this historical novel set in California and the mountain West in 1826 to 1828.
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Legendary mountain man Jedediah Smith crosses the desert and finds amidst the lushness of the Spanish missions suspicious Mexican officials, the brutal life of mission Indians, and a simmering insurrection. Two American ship captains who trade along the Pacific coast introduce Jedediah to a Mexican landholder, Estevan Mendoza, his wife, Isabella, and their daughter, Laura. The rancher wants to recruit Jedediah and his mountain men to lead a revolt against the Mexican government. Soon a budding romance and jealousy lead to murder. Political intrigues lead to other killings. What follows is the story of how Jedediah, despite personal yearnings, tries to get his men back to friendly territory, all while attempting to make a profit from the venture. Romance, adventure, jealousy, murder, and travel through a harrowing wilderness combine in this historical novel set in California and the mountain West from 1826 to 1828. Includes Readers Guide.
Peter Kazaks is a theoretical physicist with degrees from McGill, Yale, and University of California Davis. He is also the author of two accounts of summer long canoe trips in the extreme north of Canada: From Reindeer Lake to Eskimo Point and Lands Serene. He has traveled extensively in the American West.
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