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June 18, 2014

SMOKING SPRINGS by Robert C. Mowry




SMOKING SPRINGS
by
Robert C. Mowry
Robert C. Mowry
 
  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Tru-Con Publishing (March 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996036504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996036504
 
SUMMARY
(from back cover)
"Ain't gonna die," Judah Ward repeats over and over.  The surgeons want to amputate his festering, wounded foot.  He's been shot in the shoulder by one of his own officers.  Then too, his skull is ravaged by shrapnel.  Frostbite and seer exhaustion plague even the healthiest of these Confederate soldiers after their invasion of New Mexico Territory has been ingloriously halted at Glorieta Pass and they forge a hasty retreat out of this rugged wilderness.
"Ain't going back to Texas," Judah also often asserts. "Hate you, Pa --your God, too," he bitterly proclaims.  But the tenacity of his cousin, Sam Houston McCoy; the affection of Ramona, a kind-hearted Mexican girl and her trader uncle, the help of Bones, a semi-free slave, help and protection from some fellow Confederate deserters and a troop of compassionate, Union spies; and especially for the aid and wisdom of an outcast, Apache woman he names Red Bear, who uses the healing of a steamy, mineral spring, and other indigenous remedies.
Fleeing his mountain sanctuary, now all alone, his body is on the mend.  But, what about his confused mind and tormented soul?
 
AUTHOR
Robert Mowry lives with his wife, Ruth, in the heart of the land where Smoking Springs is set.  As an ordained minister and former CBN major donor representative, he has raised extensive funding for disaster and medical relief, clean water wells for those living in deplorable conditions as well as for many other ministry needs worldwide.
 
ANOTHER BOOK BY
MR. MOWRY
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REVIEW
   Two Confederate soldiers who have tried to live through the hard war and the hatred they feel towards their general, for sending them to the New Mexico territorial mountains on  retreat.
The two soldiers, Sam Houston McCoy and his cousin, Judah Ward are trying to get back home to Texas.  Judah's foot is infected from being shot and every doctor wants to cut his foot off.  Their struggle to get home is hard, not only because the leg is so bad but they come across some Confederate soldiers who shoot Judah in the shoulder while trying to take his horse.   He also has severe frost bite and shrapnel in his skull.
In their struggle to survive, Sam dies and that makes Judah practically helpless because of his foot.  He does cover Sam with rocks so the animals won't be able to get to him.
An Apache woman who had been raped by white soldiers has had her nose cut off by the Apaches.  She can't talk to Judah but she takes him to a mineral spring whose waters are supposed to be healing.
This book holds the reader's attention without skipping a beat.  It is well written and the characters and scenes are well described  I found I couldn't let go of the book.  It was so interesting and the struggles the people met were so well described, you felt you were right there.
 These type of things happened day in and day out as the soldiers faced struggles while fighting in the Civil War. This is an excellent read for anyone who loves history and stories of the wars that took place.

I was given a complimentary copy of SMOKING SPRINGS from the author, Robert C. Mowry for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 BULLETS.
LINKS
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https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/970955187

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