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  • Title: In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree
  • Author: Michael A. McLellan
  • ISBN: 9780989709880
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1865 a shadow hovers over the nation the shadow lingers stillBorn into slavery, Henry s young life is spent working in tobacco drying sheds on Missouri plantations Freed at the onset of the Civil War, he s alone, starving, and on the run from Confederate militiamen.Five years later, Clara Hanfield, the daughter of a powerful New York shipping magnate, escapes her tIn 1865 a shadow hovers over the nation the shadow lingers stillBorn into slavery, Henry s young life is spent working in tobacco drying sheds on Missouri plantations Freed at the onset of the Civil War, he s alone, starving, and on the run from Confederate militiamen.Five years later, Clara Hanfield, the daughter of a powerful New York shipping magnate, escapes her tyrannical father and travels west in pursuit of John Elliot, the man she loves John, a U.S Army lieutenant, was sent to the Dakota Territory where he discovers a government conspiracy to incite an all out war with the Indians a war meant to finally eliminate them as an obstacle to the westward expansion Henry finds himself caught in the middle.Aided by Clara, John, and his native ally, Standing Elk, Henry must battle hatred, greed, and the ghosts of his past during this turbulent and troubling time in American history.
    In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree In a shadow hovers over the nation the shadow lingers stillBorn into slavery Henry s young life is spent working in tobacco drying sheds on Missouri plantations Freed at the onset of the Civil W

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    1. In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree is a tale of love, sorrow, adventure, tragedy, and redemption that made it difficult for me to pause even for a moment, until the end After reading a short story by this author and sampling his craft I had to read his latest novel And, like the short story, I was delighted with the book.The primary character is Henry, a slave raised on a tobacco plantation in Missouri who is freed when he is about 20 years old Henry learns quickly, freedom for a young Black man [...]

    2. DNF at 24% This book has taught me several things 1 Michael A McLellan is an excellent writer, and this is clearly a beautifully and intelligently written novel 2 My wife read this book well before I even knew it existed, and gave it 5 stars She loves well written historical fiction, but didn t tell me about it she knows me well 3 As much as I admired the writing and the skills on display, this was just not my cup of tea In fact, it has clarified for me that my reading interests are quite specif [...]

    3. I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review If you are unfamiliar with the part of history that In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree involves, then this may be a spoiler it s a tragic story filled with grisly violence and inexplicable hatred However, I believe most people have read about the treatment of slaves before the Civil War, the atrocities against Native American tribes in the western plains and the strict code of ethics regarding relationships between men and [...]

    4. I won this book in a giveaway I love novels written in the old west genre and this one hit the mark Written about one of the most volatile eras in the history of our country, the time right after the civil war, it portrays a government wanting to expand and put the civil war behind it, by eliminating the Indian as an obstacle A sad portion of our history as a nation is written about here and Mr McLellan does a very good job of it He mentions in the Forward that he fears for the human race I thin [...]

    5. I won this book in a giveaway and am very appreciative Without I would not of known of this author or his books Thank you Mr McLellan for sending the book to me This is a very raw and powerful story set in the l860 s just after the Civil War It is fast paced, well plotted and the characters well defined I thoroughly enjoy the story and highly recommend it Mr McLellan is a talented writer and I shall be looking at his other books.

    6. The Shadow of the Hanging Tree follows the life of an unfortunate freed slave named Henry and his journey in finding himself as a man Henry s journey starts by gaining his freedom from his old master as the Civil War comes to an end He experiences the harsh realities of being an African American in the South during post civil war times During this time Henry experiences loss, hatred, and the fear of being caught by those who do not care for him because of the color of his skin After being chased [...]

    7. In The Shadow of the Hanging Tree is the third book by Michael A Mclellan It is due to release on the 27th of January 2017 The book is set on the part of American history when the Civil War had just come to an end It touches some of the sensitive issues such as racism and slavery apart from the clash between the Americans and the Red Indians.Henry is a black man whose has been a slave all his life He and Eliza, his wife, want to leave their terrible lives behind to start afresh They plan to esca [...]

    8. Not a pretty tale, but it is fascinating and very evocative In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree takes us back to a dark and tumultuous time in American History We follow Henry, a freed slave through numerous encounters with different characters at various points during his troubled life.Through Henry, the author takes us on a grim journey that is both exciting, and heartbreaking The story is written so well that despite its dark subject matter, you can t help but get deeply involved in both the st [...]

    9. I ve had the pleasure of reading one of Michael McLellan s previous novels entitled American Flowers so knew something about how incredible a writer he is, but was wholly unprepared for the stunning impact of reading his newest novel In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree This a powerful, dark, arresting, and at times, terrible historical fiction story of the newly emancipated slave Henry He finds himself freed by his owner after the end of the Civil War in Missouri It then chronicles his plight in t [...]

    10. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and could not put it down Michael McLellan s skill as an author comes through in his ability to write exposition without interrupting the story and dialogue that flows naturally.Set in the period following the end of the civil war, McLellan s novel follows the life of a freed slave, Henry, as he makes his way west and becomes immeshed in the border disputes between the US Army and the Indian Nations Having lived with the Cheyenne and acted as a scout for t [...]

    11. Title In the Shadow of the Hanging TreeAuthor Michael McLellan Star Rating 5 StarsNumber of Readers 23 StatsEditing 9 10Writing Style 9 10Content 10 10Cover 9 10Of the 23 readers 22 would read another book by this author.22 thought the cover was good or excellent.23 felt it was easy to follow.23 would recommend this story to another reader to try.12 felt the author s strongest skill was plotting a story.11 felt the author s strongest skill was developing the characters.19 felt the pacing was goo [...]

    12. This turned out to be a fascinating story It starts with Henry and Eliza, newly freed from slavery at the end of the Civil War The beginning of their freedom has a very big downside in that they have no idea how to manage it They were released like little puppies with no idea how to save themselves Being slaves, they were used to hardship and injustice, and once they are free they have to rely on gossip and a lot of hope in their desire to acquire land in the northern U.S They have heard there a [...]

    13. Original Review HereI have never studied this part of history, but as soon as I saw the In The Shadow of the Hanging Tree invite for a blog tour, I instantly wanted to join.There are times when a book is nothing short of powerful, and this is how I felt about this novel I have never been so concerned for a character within just a few pages, and yet I couldn t tear my eyes away from that opening, fearing for Henry s life even before I had got to know his character McLellan s writing just has that [...]

    14. I love history, but when I read about it, I usually grab a nonfiction book I am not too much of a historical fiction reader But, when the author sent me a copy of In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree, I didn t hesitate to read it because I absolutely loved his book, American Flowers I am so happy I gave this story a chance It was way intense and emotional than I expected.Henry is an incredible human being and character You can t help but sit on the edge of your seat as you ride the waves of good a [...]

    15. In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree is one of the most intense and thrilling novels I have ever read The writing is graceful and just amazing The story is full of in depth detail, created a new level of emotion At times I felt that I was overwhelmed with all what was going on In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree is developed really well I love all the cultures and races that were brought up in this novel It s fascinating to me You don t see those touchy subjects in books nowadays It s rare I love tha [...]

    16. In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree, by Michael A McLellan, is a western, historical fiction novel primarily set in Missouri, the Kansas Territory and State, and the Dakota Territory It covers a period of time spanning to both sides of the American Civil War The novel s central themes are of redemption, unimaginable loss, and the limitless human capacity for both good and evil The novel contains a number of central and secondary characters, each with a compelling story.The novel begins with Henry [...]

    17. In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree, by Michael A McLellan, takes place in the 1860s and revolves around the lives of three people trying desperately to find their way in post Civil War America Henry, a man freed from slavery but never free from the horrors he endured, finds himself assisting Clara Hanfield in her quest to reunite with Lieutenant John Elliott, the man she loves and her father loathes All three are caught up in the government s plot to push the Native Americans from their land once [...]

    18. Different ethnic groups amongst us and we re supposed to already have devised a plan that can allow everyone to coexist, in unity Unfortunately, not ever feels the same, or possess the love to care for someone who is indifferent, or do they In In The Shadow of the Hanging Tree , author Michael A McLellan emerges his readers in the lives of two particular individuals, who are on opposite sides of any spectrum that dare exists Surprisingly enough, they re opposite in genders, opposite in financial [...]

    19. In the Shadow of the Hanging TreeI knew this novel was a must read as soon as I found out that it was written by Michael McLellan I have had the pleasure of reading one of his previous books called After and Again which was quite compelling and that I found hard to put down I was however not even the least prepared for the stunning impact of reading his latest novel In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree It is one of the most intense and thrilling novels I have laid my hands on and is full of in dept [...]

    20. Michael McLellan s novel, In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree, is a dramatic revealing of 1865 and the aftermath of the civil war Told from the perspective of a freed slave, Henry and the daughter of a New York magnate, Clara Hanfield, the reader is taken on an intimate and often tension laced adventure in the frontier of the new west Clara s love, John, a U.S lieutenant, stumbles on a conspiracy to incite an all out war with the Indians in the Dakota Territories It would eliminate the obstacle th [...]

    21. I really enjoyed this book It s a bit different from my normal genre of reading but compelling characters, tight action and a good pace kept me invested in the story One of my favorite things about this author is that he s not afraid to put good characters through hell It s reflective of the real world, and in this case, it gives the book an element of hard grit which I found quite fitting for the time period.I think it s also important to note that the author clearly undertook a good amount of [...]

    22. In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree by Michael A McLellan is one of those books that really leaves an impact I didn t want to keep reading it, but neither could I put it down I didn t really want to read it, not because it was bad, far from it, but because it was heartbreaking We probably say those words far too often, but this book really justifies the use of the phrase Don t let that put you off though because it really is a must read book.It is set in the 1860 s, after the American Civil War, a [...]

    23. I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I m a big believer in show, don t tell, and this book did a whole lot of telling.It s a shame, because the plot runs thick with emotion terrible things happen, mysteries are uncovered, battles are fought but very little of that emotion is carried through the writing It all seemed so matter of fact I never felt like I was inside any of the characters heads, so when tragedy struck, I found myself not really caring all that much.Li [...]

    24. In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree is a historical fiction book talking about the injustices made toward black people and Indians in the early s 1800 s It is a fast read, enjoyable book for people who like this genre or for people who s interested in history And even if you aren t, you may consider reading it, for it is quite interesting and holds good life lessons I personally liked that we get to see that people are not entirely good nor bad nobody is just white or black they re shades in betwe [...]

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