It is the tail end of the American Revolution. Having
waited four years for his chance to take part in the war, young Christian Fast
enlists in a brave expedition led by George Rogers Clark to subdue the hostile
tribes in the wild "Ohio country" and capture the British stronghold
In his first battle, Christian is captured by Delaware
Indians and is taken under the protection of an old warrior named Tom
Lyons. He is adopted into the tribe. In the course of a
year's captivity, Christian comes to know and admire the Indians and encounters such
historical personages as Captain Pipe, the Delaware war chief, and the
notorious turncoat and "white savage", Simon Girty, mastermind
behind Indian attacks on the border settlements. He also meets the
Moravian Indians-Christianized Delawares who suffer a terrible fate at the
hands of American soldiers, two centuries before My Lai.
Christian is eventually made a Delaware warrior and, torn
by conflicting loyalties, takes part in a campaign against his own home in western
Pennsylvania. How he manages to serve both loyalties and to escape
to warn his people of the approaching Indian army forms the climax of the novel.
Based on a true story, thoroughly researched and
historically accurate, The Adventure of Christian Fast does not
gloss over the violence and cruelties that accompanied the expansion of
the American frontier, cruelties practiced both by red men against white
men and with equal savagery by white against red.
But it also celebrates courage, friendship and human
kindness in the vividly told story of a youth who fought for both sides.
After a 22 years absence, this fine book is now back in print.
Identical to the original publication, with the following exceptions.
- bright white paper and spiral binding for easy reading.
- clear plastic protectors are included on both front and back jackets.
About the Author:
Mr. Don Oakley is a former syndicated newspaper
editorial writer. He wrote for Newspaper Enterprise Assn. in
Cleveland and New York from 1957 to 1977 and for Scripps Howard News Service
in Washington from 1977 to 1985, when he retired to pursue personal writing
interests. He has written an award-winning companion novel set
during the American Revolution, Two Muskets for Washington, 1970.
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Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814