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Seminole Smoke: An odyssey of power, love and blood in the Seminole Wars

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Seminole Smoke: An odyssey of power, love and blood in the Seminole Wars tells the tale of Paul Turtle ("Yok-che"), a bicultural, bilingual 19th Century Seminole who rises from translator to guerrilla strategist to diplomat. Paul Turtle has special gifts: stealth, inhumanly quick hands and an ability to create toxic smoke for any occasion.

The story spans 54 years, taking the reader to the swamps of Florida, arid hills of Mexico and corridors of Congress. Through Paul's eyes, the reader witnesses such pivotal events as the Negro Fort bombing, Andrew Jackson's invasion, Dade Massacre, Osceola's capture and the Black Seminoles' trek to Mexico. Paul wrestles with such issues as use of force, slavery and land ownership. He is slapped by Andy Jackson, engineers a prison break for Osceola and pursues slavers who kidnap with beloved Kundiata.

The Seminole Wars mirrored the turmoil of a young United States struggling with identity, expansion and slavery. A war novel, love story and easy-to-swallow history, Seminole Smoke: An odyssey of power, love and blood in the Seminole Wars is the first novel which spans the entire 50-year sweep of the Seminole Wars.

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Currents of Power: A Modern Political Novel (Revised Edition)

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"Currents of Power: A Modern Political Novel" is a behind-the-scenes look at a year-long political campaign for statewide office. We meet eight very different candidates and their inner circles, families and lovers. We follow their paths to power, motivations, schemes and passions. The reader has a front-row seat to the drama of a modern campaign: the grand strategies, brutal revelations and human failings. The book is a poignant love story and droll commentary on our political culture. Lyrical and expressionistic, "Currents of Power: A Modern Political Novel" describes the kaleidoscope of unique characters and perfect moments that swirl through a statewide race. The author likens ever-shifting political forces to the complex currents in streams and rivers, all flowing steadily to the State Capitol.



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