Friday, September 22, 2017

2nd edition of Winter of the Metal People

The second edition of Winter of the Metal People was released in October by Sunbury Press.
     This edition includes a glossary of names and places, as well as endnotes providing historical background and sources for this relatively unknown period of America's early history in the sixteenth century.
     Although endnotes were always available on my author's website, serious readers of history wanted the endnotes also printed in the book. Others asked for a glossary to help with the unfamiliar names of sixteenth-century people and places.
     The first and second editions extensively report for the first time the Pueblo Indian point of view and experiences during the 1540 expedition of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado and his warfare against Puebloans. The result was the Tiguex War, the first named war between Europeans and Native Americans in what is now the United States.
     Novelist Margaret Coel said of the book:
     "A riveting historical novel of immense scholarship and insight. Dennis Herrick makes the story of the first American Indians in the West to face the military might of European forces a vivid and real as if Coronado's expedition had ridden out of Mexico yesterday. Winter of the Metal People will forever influence your perception of the stunning landscapes and rich cultures of the Southwest."
     Historian Richard Flint wrote:
     "Herrick skillfully brings the Native side ... into vivid focus. We are brought to imagine the complexity and variety of Pueblo reactions as they struggle to come to grips with the foreign presence and how it violently impacts their lives and traditions."
     Said anthropologist David Stuart:
     "A vivid historical novel that brings to life the epic winter of 1540–41 as Spanish and Pueblo Indian worlds collided. Herrick's narrative ... is the closest we will ever get to standing on a hill above an ancient Pueblo community and witnessing the gritty reality of history."
     From the book review by John Kachuba of the Historical Novel Society:
     "This novel is highly recommended for those interested in the history of the American Southwest and its native peoples."

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