Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Reviews are coming in

Here are excerpts of book reviews coming in for Winter of the Metal People:
  •     “I do not ordinarily review fiction on these pages, but an exception is clearly in order with Dennis Herrick’s book. While this novel takes up the Pueblo side of things during Coronado’s entrada in 1540-42, it is important to note that Herrick has his facts in order. While this is fiction, I think it goes a long way toward understanding the conflict between early residents of New Mexico and the European newcomers. Well written, informative, and entertaining.” —Don Bullis, New Mexico Historical Notebook
  • Winter of the Metal People explains the Tiguex War (1540-42), the first named war between Europeans and Native Americans, from both points of view. . . . Herrick’s book is a fascinating story of miscommunication and fanaticism. His insight into two widely different cultures is outstanding.” — Melody Groves, Roundup magazine, Western Writers of America
  •      “Dennis Herrick's deeply moving and well-written historical novel relates the first contact between the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest and the Spanish forces led by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado .... (Herrick's) narrative technique is what saves the novel from being a grim recitation of war crimes and allows the reader to engage with the human element behind the sad statistics.” —Suzanne Buck, The Alibi, Albuquerque, N.M.
  •      “To describe in a story format the interconnectedness of culture and geography in New Mexico is no easy task. But as a writer of historical novels, Dennis Herrick has done just that in his latest, Winter of the Metal People, published by Sunbury Press.” —Barb Armijo, Prime Time magazine.
  •      “Dennis Herrick has written this historical novel to present not only Coronado's story but also what could have been the Indian's perspective. The events are historically accurate and the entire story is a worthy read.” —Mike Lord, Voces de Santa Fé.
  •      “This is the first book devoted exclusively to this nearly forgotten war. Herrick's book explores what it must have been like for Puebloans to see Coronado's Spaniards suddenly appear, riding horses and carrying guns and steel weapons never seen before. Coronado's expedition also included as many as 2,000 Aztecs and other Mexican Indian warriors.” —Gary Herron, Rio Rancho (N.M.) Observer

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