Before I start a four-post series about the research of Blood Moon next week, I’m sneaking in a review of my favorite book I’ve read since finishing the manuscript. And I’m reading a LOT of them right now.
I’ve become a dedicated Lars Hedbor fan. In his Tales of a Revolution series, he takes little-known stories of the Revolutionary War and brings them to life with flair and beauty. Each one has deeply satisfied the history buff within me. And The Wind, in my opinion, is his most dramatic novel yet. The military action is not as intense, but the sea adds an unpredictable element of danger. And I found the human story in this one to be the most compelling. But my favorite part of a Hedbor novel is always his incomparable vernacular. When I read one, I feel like I’ve stepped back in time and am listening to conversations taking place between the people who lived and loved and fought there.
The Wind tells the story of the action taking place in the Gulf of Mexico between Spain and England. I had known the Revolution was actually a World War, and I had known Spain had played a role. But I was very hazy on the details and the characters and the locations. Mr. Hedbor served the history to me with a nice side of humanity. His fictional hero Gabriel Llalandro Garcia y Covas was a quarter master aboard an Hispanic merchant vessel before a hurricane lands him in the middle of a small village where he finds purpose, intrigue, war, and love.
Gabriel has a wonderful quote near the end of the book that seems to me to capture the sentiment of many caught up in wars not of their own making: “I am…eager for this entire enterprise to be complete, that we may return to our homes and resume the lives that we pursued before the needs of kings upended everything.” The Wind gives a beautiful glimpse into the lives that made up that very human drama, the American Revolution.
The Wind is a clean read entirely appropriate for high schoolers who enjoy historical fiction. 14+
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