"Whenever I begin work on a new book, I am reborn into a new world."
A Legend, A Warrior, A Hero.
A Classic American Epic
Two centuries ago, with the support of the young Revolutionary government, George Rogers Clark led a small but fierce army west from Virginia to conquer all the territory between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. He battled the British, forged friendships with French and Spanish settlers, and made treaties with many Indian tribes who revered the lanky, red-haired white man and called him Long Knife. He fell in love with the woman of his dreams, the beautiful Spanish maiden Teresa de Leyba. And George Rogers Clark was, in the end, bitterly betrayed by the same government he had so nobly served.
Rich in the heroic character, meticulously researched detail, and grand scale that have become James Alexander Thom's trademarks, Long Knife, his first historical epic, is simply unforgettable.
To convey the experiences of the frontier soldiers in Long Knife, his fist historical novel, James Alexander Thom mastered the use of eighteenth-century tools and weapons and waded the icy floodwaters of the Wabash.
Author's Note: "My imagination has been at work on George Rogers Clark since boyhood, when I was nearly overwhelmed by a painting by F.C. Yohn of the surrender of Vincennes, used as an illustration for The Youth's Companion At the time I began to people the event in my imagination. Being somewhat of a ridge-runner at that age (and still). I was able to conjure all the sounds, the sights, the sensations of that audacious wilderness venture simply by seeing the illustration."