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The Riflemen of the Ohio A Story of the Early Days along "The Beautiful River"   By: (1862-1919)

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In "The Riflemen of the Ohio: A Story of the Early Days along 'The Beautiful River'" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler, readers are taken on a captivating journey back to the early days of American history. Set in the vast wilderness of the Ohio River Valley, this historical fiction novel encapsulates the struggles and triumphs of the brave men who ventured into this untamed frontier.

Altsheler's impeccable research and attention to detail are evident throughout the book, transporting readers back to a time when the land was still fought over by Native American tribes and European settlers. Through vivid descriptions, the author paints a vivid picture of the Ohio River Valley, allowing readers to immerse themselves in its untamed beauty and unpredictable dangers.

The strength of this novel lies in its well-developed characters and their interactions. The protagonist, Henry Ware, is a young man driven by a strong sense of duty and loyalty. As readers follow him on his numerous adventures, they are able to witness his growth and maturity. Altsheler does an admirable job of showcasing the complexity of human nature, as characters face both moral dilemmas and inner conflicts.

Furthermore, the author skillfully weaves historical events into the narrative, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the time period. The conflicts between the Native American tribes and the European settlers are portrayed with sensitivity and respect, shedding light on the complex dynamics that shaped this era. Altsheler's inclusion of key historical figures adds depth and authenticity to the story, enriching the overall reading experience.

The pacing of the novel is well-balanced, with plenty of action-packed scenes and moments of reflection. Altsheler's ability to create suspense keeps readers engaged and turning the pages. The battle scenes are particularly well-written, immersing readers in the chaos and danger of the frontier.

Despite the novel's strengths, there are a few minor drawbacks. Some readers may find the dialogue to be slightly formal and outdated, reflecting the language of its publication era. Additionally, the novel occasionally slips into predictable plot patterns, with certain story arcs following a more formulaic path.

In conclusion, "The Riflemen of the Ohio: A Story of the Early Days along 'The Beautiful River'" is a captivating and immersive historical fiction novel. Altsheler's meticulous attention to historical accuracy, compelling characters, and thrilling plot make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the American frontier.

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THE RIFLEMEN OF THE OHIO

A Story of Early Days along "The Beautiful River"

by

JOSEPH A. ALTSHELER

Author of "The Young Trailers," "The Forest Runners," "The Free Rangers," Etc.

New York and London D. Appleton and Company 1922

Copyright, 1910, by D. Appleton and Company

Printed in the United States of America

"The Riflemen of the Ohio," while a complete story in itself, continues the fortunes of Henry Ware, Paul Cotter, and their friends, who were the central characters in "The Young Trailers," "The Forest Runners," "The Keepers of the Trail," "The Eyes of the Woods," and "The Free Rangers."

[Illustration: "The head came up on the other side."]

CONTENTS

I. THE EYE OF THE FLEET

II. THE WYANDOT CHIEF

III. THE SONG OF THE LEAVES

IV. THE FOREST VILLAGE

V. PLAY AND COUNCIL

VI. THE GANTLET

VII. ALONE IN THE WILDERNESS

VIII. THE SHADOW IN THE WATER

IX. THE GATHERING OF THE FIVE

X. THE GREAT BORDERER

XI. THE RACE OF THE FIVE

XII. THE ONE WHO ARRIVED

XIII. AT THE FORT

XIV. SIX FIGURES IN THE DUSK

XV. THE DEED IN THE DARK

XVI. THE RETURN TRAIL

XVII. PICKING UP THE STRANDS

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