Less than a year after his first book, “Chase the Wild Pigeons” was published, Marvell author John Gschwend second book, “Spirit in the Red Amber” has been published. His pen doesn't lie idle.
Gschwend's second book is true to form – he is a gifted storyteller. He captures your attention immediately – page one – and has your attention until the last word.
His main character, John Gillette, half-Quapaw and half-French, has quite an extraordinary tale to tell.
Gschwend describes the story this way: “In 1834 the Quapaw were forced from their homeland in Arkansas. Almost 30 years later one reappears with a secret. Haunted by what had left behind, he is now on a quest for a sacred object with mystical powers. His path crosses with a wayfaring white teen on a quest of his own. But the encounter is no coincidence, and the world will never be the same.”
Gschwend incorporates some of the Quapaw language throughout the new book, making the story seem authentic. This really adds zest to the Indian story. And you will feel the longing pain in your own heart as this Indian does as he returns to his ancestral home – alone.
The reader knows the author is a nature lover who has spent a lifetime in the woods and along the riverbank. A person who cherishes God's creatures and their habitats could only have written his beautiful descriptions of the flora and fauna. You can visualize the kingfishers chattering, bringing fish to their young. You will see the deer's nostrils flare as they swim the White River in the silver moonlight. But most of all, you will see the Grand Prairie of Arkansas with its miles and miles of native grass as it was in 1862.
Gschwend has a heart for those who have been mistreated. In his second book, he shows true compassion for the American Indian, specifically, the Quapaw in the state of Arkansas. The reader comes to appreciate the wisdom and courage of John Gillette.
John Gillette – a strong name and a strong multi-dimensional character – takes you on an exciting adventure during the Civil War along the White Rive and on the prairie. You will visit historical towns and places that you know such as DeVall's Bluff, Clarendon, St. Charles and Maddox Bay.
“Spirit in the Red Amber” is historical fiction at its best. The book my be purchased online in paperback form at amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble as well as on Kindle, Apple, iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo and most e-reading apps.
For more information visit Gschwend's website, http://civilwarnovel.com.
Gschwend has been production supervisor at Hoffinger's for 30 years.