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Philip Brewster s historical novel Henceforth the Bad Angel provides intimate insight into a troubled time before the Civil War that some Americans have heard of, but few know in depth, Bleeding Kansas Brewster has done exhaustive research on the period, and he has cast the story with giant personalities such as John Brown, Quantrill, New England abolitionists, hunters of escaped slaves, native American tribes who owned black slaves, as well as momentous events such as stolen elections, uncontr Philip Brewster s historical novel Henceforth the Bad Angel provides intimate insight into a troubled time before the Civil War that some Americans have heard of, but few know in depth, Bleeding Kansas Brewster has done exhaustive research on the period, and he has cast the story with giant personalities such as John Brown, Quantrill, New England abolitionists, hunters of escaped slaves, native American tribes who owned black slaves, as well as momentous events such as stolen elections, uncontrolled militias, and of course the sack of Lawrence, Kansas.A challenge is to personalize the terror and risk of living in isolated cabins and small hamlets on vast prairies where residents are subject to raids by brigands, political zealots, and undisciplined armies The author has brought home to the reader these threats through the experiences of two teenage friends, Michael who is white and Gabriel who is black They witness the smuggling of weapons, isolated settlers on both sides of the slavery issue killed, and militias and regular military units giving no quarter to prisoners The juxtaposition of the boys points of views make for an interesting story.The story is based on sound scholarship and will educate and entertain the reader HENCEFORTH the BAD ANGEL is the told by Michael Craddock and his adopted slave brother Gabriel during the Kansas Territory rise to statehood and through it s Statehood Well written, the novel introduces historic figures that played important roles during those times The novel follows two young men as they become friends from different backgrounds and from a brotherly relationalship into the Civil war as messengers for the Union Army Later Gabriel fights as a Buffalo Solider and Michael joins HENCEFORTH the BAD ANGEL is the told by Michael Craddock and his adopted slave brother Gabriel during the Kansas Territory rise to statehood and through it s Statehood Well written, the novel introduces historic figures that played important roles during those times The novel follows two young men as they become friends from different backgrounds and from a brotherly relationalship into the Civil war as messengers for the Union Army Later Gabriel fights as a Buffalo Solider and Michael joins a small Scout outfit lead by Sandy Forsyth to lure Cheyenne raiders into a fight.The book is very informative about the conditions along the Kansas Border War The story line brings the reader into the history of the struggles Kansas faced by following these two boys who become of age during some of the troubled times of America I will have to meet Mr Brewster Fantastic historical fiction with real characters and even the fictional ones were easy to fall in love with Kansas history is my true passion and I can tell Mr Brewster shares this feeling with me I wanted to book talk it with my students but language and a rape scene are not for middle schoolers Highschoolers and adults will be able to handle these obstacles however I think The Abduction of Jacob Rote would make an awesome companion book to the Bad I will have to meet Mr Brewster Fantastic historical fiction with real characters and even the fictional ones were easy to fall in love with Kansas history is my true passion and I can tell Mr Brewster shares this feeling with me I wanted to book talk it with my students but language and a rape scene are not for middle schoolers Highschoolers and adults will be able to handle these obstacles however I think The Abduction of Jacob Rote would make an awesome companion book to the Bad Angel If you think American history doesn t go through Kansas you best think again my friend |Download Book ♽ Henceforth the Bad Angel ♻ This is the iliad of Gabriel Craddock, a slave boy held in bondage to the Osage Indians, and his battles to save Kansas from the Missouri slavers, General Sterling Price and Roman Nose the Dog Soldier I am Michael Craddock, white man and brother to Gabriel As boys we fought together at the Swans Marsh and we were at Lawrence with Momma, when Quantrill came through with the Bad Angel in his heart But we hid that day rather than be killed At Westport and Mine Creek we saw ten thousand cavalry swinging sabers and carbines stirrup to stirrup out there on the prairieGabriel was with the nd Kansas Colored Volunteers when General Sterling Price gave no quarter to the Negro, and the black soldiers took the vengeance in the mud at Jenkins Ferry And when Roman Nose trapped the Solomon Avengers in the dry fork of the Arikaree, Gabriel and the Buffalo Soldiers came for usThis odyssey will be not be complete until I come to Nicodemus, Kansas, to atone for a terrible sin and face a mystery I was too coward to solve for much of my life The Bad Angel came into my heart on cat s feet and I fear for my immortal soul