In 1687, the Colony of New York was in dire financial straits. The flow of beaver pelts, the life’s blood of the colony, had slowed to a trickle. In response, New York’s governor, Thomas Dongan, granted licenses to a group of Albany traders to enter New France and travel to Michilimackinac at the juncture of lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior. There, they would trade furs with the Ottawa and other “far” Indians, thus diverting those furs from Montreal to Albany.
Although only recently married to the lovely Dutch woman, Laurentje van Reuyter, Sean O’Cathail, the young Irish fur trader whose story was begun in the first book of The Boschloper Saga, Primitive Passions, joined the small group of adventurers who had the courage to face the savage wilderness and to travel where no Dutchman, Englishman, or Irishman for that matter, had ever traveled before.
However, the governor of New France, under the orders of King Louis XIV, had mounted a three-pronged invasion of the lands of the Seneca, one of the Five Iroquois Nations. Sean and his fellow boschlopers were caught in the middle, captured by the French and their Indian allies and sent to Montreal and Quebec where they were to be held as bargaining chips in the continuing power play between the governments of New France and New York. At this point, Sean found that his adventure was only just beginning. He would need all his wits and the help of Kai, the beautiful Mohawk woman who was once his lover, to survive his trials and return home to Laurentje.
Savage Wilderness is Book 2 of the Boscholoper Saga.
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I was born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in the history-rich Berkshire Hills. I earned a B.A. degree in journalism and political science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After graduation I moved to New York’s Capital District where, for 34 years, I enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in public relations and social marketing with New York State government. While living in New York’s Mohawk Valley, I took an interest in the Dutch and English fur traders and their relations with their Iroquois neighbors and their French adversaries. I now live in Vienna, Austria.