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Winter of the Metal People reviewed at the Historical Novel Society

Winter of the Metal People

By   (from the review by John Kachuba http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/winter-of-the-metal-people/)

Despite the fact that so many public buildings, parks, and monuments throughout what is today America’s Southwest bear the name “Coronado,” Francisco Vásquez de Coronado’s 1540 expedition into that area was anything but successful. Searching for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold as far east as modern-day Kansas, Coronado’s expedition of Spanish conquistadores and their Aztec allies ran into the Puebloan tribes. Although the Spanish government had policies demanding the humane treatment of Indians throughout New Spain, Coronado’s foundering expedition treated the Puebloans ruthlessly in order to obtain food, clothing, and shelter. As a result, Coronado’s men became embroiled in a two-year-long war that eventually ended with the Spanish withdrawal back into Mexico; it would be almost fifty years before they returned.

Herrick fully enters the minds of his historical Spanish and Puebloan characters, showing the cultural and religious differences between the two cultures that would inevitably lead to the first Indian war. There is a saying that history belongs to the victors, so while much of the Spanish story is based upon historical written documents, the author had to imagine the Puebloans’ story. But his research is well founded, and what results is a balanced novel that expresses the worldviews of both sides and relates it in an exciting and interesting manner. This novel is highly recommended for those interested in the history of the American southwest and its native peoples.

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Century

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(US) $16.95

ISBN
(US) 9781620062371

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Pages
252

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“Five Drops of Estrogen” again tops the bestseller list at Sunbury Press

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — “Five Drops of Estrogen: A man’s tribute to womanhood and the undying power of humility, selflessness and sacrifice,” Nirmal Joshi’s book about the lives of five extraordinary women in his family,  was #1 for the second month in a row thanks to author events.  Dennis Herrick’s “Winter of the Metal People,” a novel about the Tiguex War between the Spanish and the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico, ranked #2 due to regional sales in New Mexico.

Sunbury Press’s year-to-date sales for 2013 are up 21% over 2012. EBook sales are up 13% over the year-to-date prior, lagging the growth in print sales. Sales for the quarter were even with 3rd quarter sales in 2012 as the company reported significant returns from book stores in August. Regarding the monthly performance, it was the best September ever for Sunbury.

fdoe_fcSusan Dahlgren Daigneault’s “In the Shadow of a Mountain,” a memoir about her WW2 hero father Ed Dahlgren “The Sergeant York of Maine,” reappeared in the top 10 at #3, thanks to interest in New England.

T. Anderson’s “Stella Nova,” the second installment in the Stella Steinar series, debuted at #4 thanks to author activities.

The Joe’s — Farrell and Farley — took the 5th spot with “Keystone Tombstones Civil War” thanks to interest in the Gettysburg 150th anniversary, sales at the Gettysburg Visitors Center and author events.

John Lindermuth’s “Digging Dusky Diamonds,” a history of life in the Pennsylvania Coal Region, joined the list at #6 thanks to regional interest.

A. Gimbernat’s “The Lust for Reverance,” a scientific work connecting genetics to our desire to worship, ranked 7th, due to sales in France.

“The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad,” Steve Troutma’s history of this defunct line, took the 8th spot thanks to author activities.

“Hour 30,” Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s medical school memoir, ranked 9th due to author events and eBook sales.

Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart – The Truth At Last” dropped several notches, taking #10 on the list, thanks to continued steady sales to truth-seekers.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “Five Drops of Estrogen” by Nirmal Joshi
Fiction  – “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick
Horror/Mystery – “The Weeping Woman” by Patricia Santos Marcantonio
Children/YA – “The Mouse with the Broken Tail” by Dan Shutters
The Arts – “Contemporary Photo Impressionists” by T K McCoy
Self-Help – “Raising Monarchs” by Sue Fox McGovern
Metaphysical/Spiritual – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons” by Linnea Jepson

The company released four new titles during the month of September:
“Digging Dusky Diamonds” by John Lindermuth
“The Old Songs” by Fred Burton
“Letters from a Shoebox” by Jim Dohren
“Stella Nova” by T Anderson

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm