Bruin: The Grand Bear Hunt Reviews

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Book Introduction: • Two of Scottish-American author Mayne Reid's classic adventure novels are bound together in this Kindle edition: Bruin, The Grand Bear Hunt & The Scalp Hunters or, Romantic Adventures in Northern Mexico (1851) Bruin, The Grand Bear Hunt (1864) On the banks of the Neva, near the great city of Saint Petersburg, stands Palace Grodonoff, the property of a Russian nobleman of that name. Paintings, palace, title, all have their origin in a battle and a bear. The prince’s life was once saved by a peasant hunter, who was elevated to a lieutenant in the Imperial Guard and later a baron of the empire! His name? Grodonoff—he in whose palace hangs the picture described. And now, the Baron had two sons who wished to travel the world and, in particular, see the new world of America. Grodonoff agreed, with the condition that the journey be taken by land, rather than sea, whenever possible. And so begins this great fantasy, adventure tale. The Scalp Hunters or, Romantic Adventures in Northern Mexico (1851) A Creole is hired by a Scalp Hunter to hunt Navajos and Apaches and finds himself rescuing the Scalp Hunter’s daughter. This is Mayne Reid’s second novel written for a more sophisticated audience of Wild West tales. About The Author Thomas Mayne Reid (1818 – 1883), was a Scots-Irish American writer known as . "Captain" Reid. He wrote many adventure novels akin to those written by Frederick Marryat and Robert Louis Stevenson. These novels contain action that takes place primarily in untamed settings: the American West, Mexico, South Africa, the Himalayas, and Jamaica. He is perhaps best known for the classic The Headless Horseman (1865). A quotation from The Scalp Hunters is on his grave marker: "This is `weed prairie'; it is misnamed: It is the Garden of God." Reid's work attracted a large following of admirers, particularly young boys. Vladimir Nabokov recalled The Headless Horseman as a favourite adventure novel of his childhood years "which had given him a vision of the prairies and the great open spaces and the overarching sky." In his autobiography, United States President Teddy Roosevelt credits Mayne Reide with being a major early inspiration. The shy, asthmatic aristocrat, Theodore Roosevelt, would grow up to pursue naturalistic zoology and adventure travel. Russell Miller, in his biography of Arthur Conan Doyle, credits Mayne Reid as being one of Conan Doyle's favorite childhood authors and a great influence on Conan Doyle's writings. Other books by the same author: The Wild Huntress Frank Wingrove buys land in Tennessee but finds it was in the hands of squatter Hickman Holt. Matters become rather complicated, however, when Frank falls in love with one of the squatter’s two beautiful daughters. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing with the encampment of a Mormon train journeying to Salt Lake City, Utah. The White Chief, A Legend of Northern Mexico (1856) An exciting thriller by Mayne Reid based on his exploits during the war between America and Mexico in the 1840s. The Rifle Rangers or Adventures in South Mexico (1850) Set in Vera Cruz, Mexico during the Mexican War (1846–48), this novel depicts the plight of American soldiers stationed in Mexico during the war and their effect on the native population. It follows the life of protagonist Captain Jack Haller as he helms the newly formed American battalion, dubbed the "Rifle Rangers". Accompanying Haller is a small band of fellow soldiers whom he leads on several missions through the Tierra Caliente portion of Mexico. The Rifle Rangers was Reid's first novel.

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