Eric Flint's acclaimed 1634: The Galileo Affair was a national bestseller from one of the most talked-about voices in his field. Now, in this extraordinary new alternate history, Flint begins a dramatic saga of the North American continent at a dire turning point, forging its identity and its future in the face of revolt from within, and attack from without.
In the War of 1812, U.S. troops are battling the British on the Canadian border, even as a fierce fight is being waged against the Creek followers of the Indian leader Tecumseh and his brother, known as The Prophet. In Europe, Napoleon Bonaparte's war has become a losing proposition, and the British are only months away from unleashing a frightening assault on Washington itself. Fateful choices are being made in the corridors of power and on the American frontier. As Andrew Jackson, backed by Cherokee warriors, leads a fierce attack on the Creek tribes, his young republic will soon need every citizen soldier it can find.
What if at this critical moment bonds were forged between men of different races and tribes? What if the Cherokee clans were able to muster an integrated front, and the U.S. government faced a united Indian nation bolstered by escaping slaves, freed men of color, and even influential white allies?
Through the remarkable adventures of men who were really there men of mixed race, mixed emotions, and a singular purpose The Rivers of War carries us in this new direction, brilliantly transforming an extraordinary chapter of American history.
With a cast of unforgettable characters from James Monroe and James Madison to Sam Houston, Francis Scott Key, and Cherokee chiefs John Ross and Major Ridge The Rivers of War travels from the battle of Horseshoe Bend to the battle of New Orleans, and brings every explosive moment to life. With exquisite attention to detail, an extraordinary grasp of history, and a storyteller's gift for the dramatic, Flint delivers a bold, thought-provoking epic of enemies and allies, traitors and revolutionaries, and illuminates who we are as a nation, how we got here, and how history itself is made and remade.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
ERIC FLINT graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a degree in African history. His first novel, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His alternate history novels, 1634: The Galileo Affair, and 1632, received lavish critical praise. He has collaborated with David Drake on five novels in the acclaimed Belisarius series, the next of which will be The Dance of Time. A longtime labor union activist, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife, Lucille. From the Hardcover edition.
Advance praise for The Rivers of War
“Eric Flint [drops] his readers into another time and place, where cultures collide, the action is hot and heavy, and we get to experience the best of the human spirit.”
–DAVID WEBER, New York Times bestselling author of the Honor Harrington adventures
“Eric Flint has a genius for taking his passion for history and turning it into powerful, action-packed stories that instantly grab the readers and plunge them into a time and place that might have been.”
–DAVID DRAKE, author of The Far Side of the Stars and Redliners