Shingas

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After six years of bloody conflict the war between France and England is finally over. But after witnessing the brutal murder of his warriors by a company of redcoats, consumed by a desire for revenge, for Shingas the fight against the hated English goes on. Two hundred miles to the east on an isolated farmstead, Esther an indentured servant, wooed by the prospect of being released from the shackles of servitude, agrees to marry the farmer's eldest son, a simpleton, in exchange for her freedom. Unwittingly fate brings them together and, on her wedding day Esther is abducted by the war-chief and taken back to his village. Befriended by an old squaw and a young French girl, a captive like herself, Esther accepts her plight and quickly assimilates herself into the ways and customs of her captors. All this changes however when, seeing her bathing naked in the river, Shingas forces himself on her. Horrified by this violation, when the opportunity to escape comes Esther seizes it and together with the young French girl she makes her bid for freedom. Unfortunately, her hopes are quickly dashed when she and the girl are re-captured by Shingas. Nine months later she gives birth to his child. With discontent growing amongst the tribes as the English settlements encroach deeper into their lands, Shingas leads an attack against an English fort and burns it to the ground. Appalled by this act of hostility and determined to punish those responsible, the English send an army against the Indians. Weeks later, deep in the wilderness at a place called Bushy Run, redskins and redcoats are joined in battle and in the space of a single day the fate of a nation is decided. Rescued by the victorious English, and faced with the prospect of returning to a life of servitude, Esther seizes the opportunity to choose her own destiny.

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Author Name : barry cole

      I was born in Yorkshire but spent much of my adult life in Bedfordshire. I served as a regular soldier for eleven years and after leaving the army, as a hobby I began contributing stories and articles to the monthly magazines published by two Native American Charities. As well as writing I also had a great affection for films and after taking a two year course at the London Screenwriters Workshop I began writing feature length film scripts, completed five feature length screenplays and one short. Sadly, Hollywood didn't come calling so I am now in the process of adapting my screenplays into novels. I finished adapting my first screenplay Shingas in October 2017 which I self published together with a children's book, The Time Bandit. I completed my next adaptation,The Conquistador's Horse, in January 2018 which was published through Troubador Publishing. I am now busy adapting a second feature length screenplay a world war two story entitled The Letter into a novel.

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