Winter of the Metal People reviewed at the Historical Novel Society

Winter of the Metal People

By   (from the review by John Kachuba http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/winter-of-the-metal-people/)

Despite the fact that so many public buildings, parks, and monuments throughout what is today America’s Southwest bear the name “Coronado,” Francisco Vásquez de Coronado’s 1540 expedition into that area was anything but successful. Searching for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold as far east as modern-day Kansas, Coronado’s expedition of Spanish conquistadores and their Aztec allies ran into the Puebloan tribes. Although the Spanish government had policies demanding the humane treatment of Indians throughout New Spain, Coronado’s foundering expedition treated the Puebloans ruthlessly in order to obtain food, clothing, and shelter. As a result, Coronado’s men became embroiled in a two-year-long war that eventually ended with the Spanish withdrawal back into Mexico; it would be almost fifty years before they returned.

Herrick fully enters the minds of his historical Spanish and Puebloan characters, showing the cultural and religious differences between the two cultures that would inevitably lead to the first Indian war. There is a saying that history belongs to the victors, so while much of the Spanish story is based upon historical written documents, the author had to imagine the Puebloans’ story. But his research is well founded, and what results is a balanced novel that expresses the worldviews of both sides and relates it in an exciting and interesting manner. This novel is highly recommended for those interested in the history of the American southwest and its native peoples.

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Graybill makes a strong case for Italian music mastery

PHILADELPHIA — Sunbury Press has released Guy Graybill’s history of Italian music “BRAVO!”

bravo_pubAbout the Book:
The Italians were so busy creating and performing superb music that they neglected to tell the great epic story of their wondrous achievement. With BRAVO! we hope to tell that story. The 1,000-year-old story begins, basically, with the work of a humble monk from the city of Arezzo. And this story has no ending. If on one hand we will never know the music of the Egyptians, of the Greeks, and of the Romans, we have come know the music of every composer from the 12th Century to the present day, thanks to Guido s invention of the musical scale. As the story unfolds, we are rewarded with the many convincing superlatives forever tied to Italian musical endeavors. The first ten chapters deal with the Italian musical geniuses who theorized, made superb instruments, composed, performed, orchestrated, conducted and sang for the enjoyment of listeners worldwide. The closing chapter gives a comprehensive look at the beautiful things that have happened in the Italian and American world of music. Each page of BRAVO! is full of surprising and fascinating details, and the title reminds us that the term, BRAVO!, is reserved only for topnotch performances.

Bravo!: The Case for Italian Musical Mastery

Authored by Guy Graybill

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
236 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062081
ISBN-10: 1620062089
BISAC: Music / History & Criticism

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Bravo-9781620062081.htm

Entrepreneurs discover renewable energy source in Horace Taylor’s new novel “The Machine”

tm_fcCHICAGO — Sunbury Press has released Horace Taylor’s novel “The Machine,” about an African American entrepreneur who teams up to invent a new machine that produces renewable energy.

About the Book:
The Machine is a chronicle that utilizes the whirling, kinetic setting of neighborhood, mindset, aspirations, and creative possibilities of 1960s Black America. During a turbulent ten year period graphic artist, Vernon James becomes involved in building a successful research and development company with five other businessmen. Through much effort and inspiration they develop an amazing machine and revolutionary energy source. As the partners endeavor to perfect and market their products strange things began to happen. They struggle and maneuver to survive.

About the Author:
Horace J. Taylor, a graphic designer and illustrator, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives a life of art participation and appreciation. Horace enjoys creative writing and expressing himself in words and sentences. His book, The Machine, is his first published work.

The Machine

Authored by Horace J. Taylor

List Price: $16.95

5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
216 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063828
ISBN-10: 1620063824
BISAC: Fiction / African American / Urban Life

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Machine-978162006382…