"Whenever I begin work on a new book, I am reborn into a new world."
"Oh, what a man this will be, with such a sign as that!"

In 1768, when Turtle Mother gave birth to a strong baby boy in the heart of the Shawnee nation, a yellow-green shooting star streaked across the heavens. Hard Striker saw the unsome, the birth-sign , and named his son Tecumseh, meaning Panther in the Sky.

The Washington Post called James Thom's last best selling novel,  From Sea to Shining Sea, "splendid glorious, engaging" and The Indianapolis Star said, "master's skill brings people and events to life." Now, he turns his remarkable storytelling power and passion for American history to the epic story of Tecumseh's life and gives us heart-thumping novel of one man's magnificent destiny ---to unite his people in the struggle to save the land and their way of life from the relentless press of the white setters

Tecumseh grew up learning to honor Our Grandmother, the spirit force who had created the red peoples so the beautiful earth would not stand empty. He listened to the magic stories of the spirits and heard them whispering in the treetops and the running waters. Every morning for four moons Tecumseh plunged naked into the icy river to earn his pa-waw-ka, the sacred talisman he would carry throughout his life.

His brother Chiksika taught him to hunt and to be as great a war chief as their father had been. His beloved sister Star Watcher taught him the Shawnee ways, and shaped the generous and merciful nature for which he would be admired by even his enemies. Tecumseh became a visionary warrior who would battle the whitefaces, his sworn enemies, again and again, even as he grew curious about their strange ways, even as he befriended the few he could respect.

Panther in the Sky is also the story of the birth of the American Frontier peopled with such men as William Henry Harrison, Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark and Mad Anthony Wayne as well as Tecumseh's charismatic brother, known to history as the Shawnee Prophet.

In the Panther in the Sky, James Alexander Thom has written his most stirring historical novel to date ---rich, colorful, and bursting with excitement, from the thunder of battle to the peaceful Indian way of life, from the inevitable and triumph that was embodied in the life of Tecumseh.


Now a stirring TNT original film "Tecumseh, The Last Warrior" based on the novel Panther in the Sky.





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Warrior Woman
St. Patrick's Battalion
Sign Talker
Panther in the Sky
Follow the River
Long Knife
The Children of First Man
From Sea to Shining Sea
Red Heart
Staying Out of Hell
Spectator Sport
The Spirit of the Place
Dark Rain Thom
Kohkumthena's Grandchildren The Shawnee
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New Information
                                  THOM NOVELS GOING ELECTRONIC                                  

             Six of James Alexander Thom's historical novels have been selected to be included in Random House's Electronic Book (ebook) publishing program.
             The titles chosen for such formats as Amazon Kindle, iPod, and
         the Sony Reader are:
           LONG KNIFE
           FOLLOW THE RIVER
           THE RED HEART
           SIGN-TALKER
           FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA
           PANTHER IN THE SKY 

             The author finds the news good, but ironic, musing, "I use every bit of my skill  and imagination to take my readers hundreds of years into the past -- and now they'll visit those old days through the screen of an electronic gizmo."