When the Earthquakes Spoke is a fast moving novel of pioneers and settlers struggling to open up the southern part of the Illinois Territory in the early 1800s, when disaster struck their world in the forms of a series of earthquakes. The setting is basically in an area surrounded by the Wabash, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers.
The effect of the earthquakes of 1811-1812 on the lives of freedom-seeking farmers, trappers, squatters, titled land holders, miscreants, dissatisfied taxpayers, business people, and the newly-trained American soldier, is vividly described.
Although the book contains bloodshed, dark secrets, light romance, ingrained bitterness, entrepreneurship, bonding, trust and distrust, it is light and easy reading.
This book is a “must read” for history buffs who desire to acquaint themselves with the incessant struggles of their ancestors to settle raw, open territory, still the dwelling place of Indians who rightfully resented the taking of their lands and furs. Albeit fictionalized, who is to know if one of the characters does not describe an ancestor?
Subtitled Pioneering Mankind Trembled, the characters suffer a definite lack of understanding the act of forgiveness. The sins of fathers play an important part in the molding of the dispositions and personalities of these unforgiving sorts.
Makers and shakers of the Illinois Territory endear themselves to the minds and hearts of close, and not so close, companions. Will they endear themselves to you, the reader?
Make this your next exploration into the days of yesteryear when perhaps your very ancestors forged out a meager living in what later became the State of Illinois.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Brick Hill Publishing; 1st edition (October 14, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976235609
- ISBN-13: 978-0976235606
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds