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'Tillamook Passage, Far Side of the Pacific'Salem-News.com
“...years of research on the local native cultures were fascinating and led to a tale of fiction mixed with rich cultural facts”.
(WARRENTON, Ore.) - Tillamook Passage is historical fiction that journeys back to the early days of the coastal Indians. This new novel for young adults and up is the latest book in an adventure series by award-winning author Brian Ratty.
The novel’s storyline is spun around the 1787 passage of the ship, Lady Washington, under the command of Captain Robert Gray, and his discovery of the Tillamook Indians and their large, pristine bay.
After some friendly trading with the natives, the ship suffers a surprise attack. During the ensuing battle, two young lads, Joe Blackwell and an African cabin boy, become separated from the ship and must hide from the marauding natives. Captain Gray holds off the Tillamooks with musket and cannon while getting underway.
From the rocks above the bay, the two young men watch in frightened disbelief as their ship slips out onto a foggy sea. The two lads are now marooned in this remote, primitive land.
Recently, the author said of Tillamook Passage, “Being a professional photographer and history buff, I found writing a story about the coastal Indians of the Pacific Northwest intriguing. The years of research on the local native cultures were fascinating and led to a tale of fiction mixed with rich cultural facts. My main character, Joe Blackwell, who remains with the Indians for almost twenty years, comes into contact with such tribes as the Tolowa, Coos, Siuslaw, Siletz, Clatsop and Chinook Indians. But his story starts with the Tillamook tribe, as it was they who taught him to survive and thrive. Tillamook Passage is the coming-of-age story of two young lads living with a proud and fearless tribe that hunts and fishes the rugged and untamed Pacific Northwest coastline. Their story is a thrilling testament to the iron wills, brave hearts and cunning wits of the voyagers who came here before us. Two worlds…one destiny.”
To view a Tillamook Passage video book trailer: www.Dutchclarke.com/Media/DC3.wmv
Other Books by Brian Ratty:
Dutch Clarke, the Early Years, published in 2009, named ‘Book of the Year’ by Foreward magazine and a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.
Dutch Clark, the War Years, published in 2008, won the Eric Hoffer Literary Award and was also named ‘Book of the Year’ by Foreward magazine.
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