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The Wind

Tales from a Revolution: West-Florida
Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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The American Revolution reaches the Gulf Coast 

Gabriel is a simple sailor, doing the bidding of his Captain and King, when he is swept up in a storm that changes his life in ways that he could never have anticipated. Carlotta yearns for her lost home, and is searching for her lost husband, but both remain elusive in a world that has been turned upside-down by forces far outside of her control. 

When the storm that is Governor Bernardo de Gálvez breaks over them both, neither will ever be the same - and nor will their world.

©2012 Lars D. H. Hedbor (P)2018 Lars D. H. Hedbor

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Learning History Through Stories

This is another tale in this wonderful collection of modern tales of colonial America. Each gives the listener a different perspective of the time. Here we have a sailor who, from adversity, reaps rewards beyond his expectations. A second thread follows that of a wife who's husband is lost at sea. This is a well written and researched tale that immerses the listener, through first rate narration, in the historical period.

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  • KD
  • 17-10-18

Makes history so much fun

It's a different execution from the more generic history textbooks we often get. I really like the way the author and narratated gave us this info.

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  • Anna Hazelrigg
  • 11-10-18

Great book!

The author does a great job telling the story and the different characters. I would recommend this book to anyone

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  • Brian
  • 20-11-18

Historical Fiction Done Right

While not typically in genres that I read – The Wind was an awesome tale of Revolutionary War-time West-Florida and is really a story about people.

In the introductory chapters, we learn that there is a storm and that Gabriel lands on a beach in an attempt to shelter from the storm. In the morning a woman finds and greets him while looking for her lost husband. She heals Gabriel out with the help of her father. Once we get into the story we find out that there is much more going on (and really anything more would be a spoiler!)

Hedbor’s storytelling is just that – it’s reminiscent of the older stories that you hear from “way back when”. Obviously, he’s telling a story about a long time ago but you get that authentic and honest feeling when you listen to it. He was able to bring a story about a time and a place that I don’t know much about and draw me deep into the sand and the ocean of that area.

I think with the popularity of Hamilton – this era of history is going to become more and more popular and Hedbor’s The Wind is just one of many Revolutionary War timed stories. I love the fact that he picks a certain place and just goes deep into it. He brings stories that you definitely didn’t hear or read in History class and makes them jump off of the page. I can honestly say, growing up in Pennsylvania that I knew very little about Florida (or the Spanish’s involvement in some of the battles). But after reading The Wind I feel like I know more (even though the story is fictional) and it makes me want to read more on the subject.

Couple this with the narration of Shamaan Casey and you have a rousing tale that’s well performed. The combination of Hedbor’s writing style and Casey’s ability to make the story jump off the page and you have a Historical Fiction book that really stands out.

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  • Holly
  • 19-09-18

Very Enjoyable.

The Author has a unique approach to explaining the strategic importance and role that each area of the Country played in the American Revolution... And based on wall researched fact ... It is a thought provoking book. and makes You aware of the possible eventualities that "could" have played a part or even changed the outcome. The Narrator has an amazing voice. Easy to listen to and very well articulated. I enjoyed this book immensely. This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review... Thank You!

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  • Ginny Aybar-Flores
  • 16-09-18

The American Revolution, another view

Here you are drawn into the American Revolution from the eyes who helped fight, the Spaniards. Here in the Gulf of Mexico, you are taken through the lives of those affected by the war and those fighting for it. This is a wonderful story that shows you not only about the life of one but how they helped those wishing to be free from the British rule. The author did a fabulous job writing this and I must say I learned something new about the revolution and the narrator did a wonderful job telling the story and am very impressed with his ability to place the accent perfectly. Bravo to you both!

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 02-11-19

A less popular episode of the War of Independence

Part of the War of Independence and the role of the Spanish in it, this episode in American History is often a forgotten one, and Hedbor had the ability to transmit and bring it to life, to make it known to our and future generations. The main characters in this story are Gabriel and Carlotta, with a romantic subplot that made the story more approachable.

I enjoyed reading about a part of History I was not familiar with. I maybe missed some more character development, but I understand that characters’ stories were not the main subject here. It would just have helped to relate to them. I also missed strong female characters but this is probably due to the era that is portrayed in this book. I think well done historical fiction like this one should be something mandatory for everyone to learn.

This book is part of a series but it can be read as a standalone. I would recommend it to anyone interested in American History, especially if they are curious about less popular episodes.

Shamaan Casey’s narration was expressive, with great characters interpretations and a decent Spanish pronunciation. I would like a just to mention that the first “s” in “islas” is not a mute one. I would have appreciated a better articulation in general, but this is just a personal preference. Casey has a pleasant voice, and the audio production was well done.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • s pres
  • 24-07-19

Fantastic narrator

Narrator did an excellent job at capturing important moments and adding impact to the story.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 19-06-19

wonderful

a wonderful way to tell history it was very enjoyable and very fun I loved the narrator and the book itself it was a very very good listen

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  • Karen S
  • 07-06-19

Enjoy history and little known stories?

An interesting story. Great characters. Historical fiction that is well written. I would read other books by this author.

Narration by Shamaan Casey makes the story enjoyable to hear. I would listen to him again.

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  • Courtney Odor
  • 04-06-19

War, glorious war.

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

The history of this era comes alive in this poignant and evocative story about colonists in West-Florida and Spanish involvement in the war. To be sure, Hedbor sheds light on events in Florida that have been overlooked in other fiction about this era. Like the other novels in this series, Hedbor is a brilliant storyteller when it comes to focusing on one or two individuals and how the war and the times affected them.

I have become a big fan of Hedbor's fiction and the books in the series. He's a wonderful writer with a powerful grasp of history and the people who made it.

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