The River of Corn

By John Rose Putnam

Action & adventure, Historical fiction, General fiction | Paperback, eBook


In 1540, Hernando de Soto and 600 Spanish conquistadors crossed the Savannah River into what is now South Carolina. In so doing, they entered the empire of the Chicora, the largest and most powerful Native American civilization in the Southeast. Modern archaeologists have yet to find any trace of that once vibrant society. Although now considered a lost civilization, when the Spanish arrived, the Chicora were led by a beautiful queen and had a magnificent temple filled with the remains of their honored ancestors. Did Hernando de Soto, a ruthless conquistador with a lust for gold, bring about their downfall? "The River of Corn" is a powerful tale of the destruction of these American Indians, told by an experienced South Carolina fiction writer who spent his youth in the locales he writes about... places that match the Spanish accounts almost exactly.


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In 1540, Hernando de Soto and 600 Spanish conquistadors crossed the Savannah River into what is now South Carolina. In so doing, they entered the empire of the Chicora, the largest and most powerful Native American civilization in the Southeast. Modern archaeologists have yet to find any trace of that once vibrant society. Although now considered a lost civilization, when the Spanish arrived, the Chicora were led by a beautiful queen and had a magnificent temple filled with the remains of their honored ancestors. Did Hernando de Soto, a ruthless conquistador with a lust for gold, bring about their downfall? "The River of Corn" is a powerful tale of the destruction of these American Indians, told by an experienced South Carolina fiction writer who spent his youth in the locales he wri...


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John came west as a young man and settled in Berkeley where he graduated from the University of California. He still lives and writes there. John's characters are so real they'll jump right off the page and talk to you. His villains have hearts as cold as midnight and his heroes almost always do the right thing in the end. While his first novel, HANGTOWN CREEK, a story of adventure, romance, and coming of age in the early days of the gold rush, was published in 2011, his second book, INTO THE FACE OF THE DEVIL, moves between Hangtown and the sawmill where James Marshall first found gold, and pits a young man in love for the first time against a killer so evil he could pass for Satan. Now John has turned his attention to a powerful Native Indian nation led by a beautiful woman and first contacted by Hernando de Soto in 1540. While all trace of their culture has vanished, John fashioned his own ideas about their fate into a gripping and intense new book called THE RIVER OF CORN. Who were the Chicora. What happened to them?


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John came west as a young man and settled in Berkeley where he graduated from the University of California. He still lives and writes there. John's characters are so real they'll jump right off the page and talk to you. His villains have hearts as cold as midnight and his heroes almost always do the right thing in the end. While his first novel, HANGTOWN CREEK, a story of adventure, romance, an...


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