OH, VALLEY GREEN! by John H. Culp


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It was really old Shenandoah patriarch Jacob Key (who heard a neighbor's hatchet and fixed to move right then) that President Tyler delegated to Californey as the secret envoy of itching-to-manifest destiny. But it's trusted, twentyish Carey, the best of all his boys, who gets stuck with the real burdens of road-managing the big clumsy caravan, outwitting villains Smedley, Warmack and Killingsworth, making dead-of-night liaisons with Sam ""Raven"" Houston and others, and patching up after the most intemperate acts of God and man. He almost loses his little Quaker darling in the process, but the flashes fore and back allay any anxiety on that score so we can simply lean back and take it like men. Carey's called Big Blue, incidentally, for his coat, his main distinction from stalwarts who have gone before over this badly broken ground.

Pub Date: March 23rd, 1972
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston