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A River Away [Paperback]

Marilyn Dungan
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December 2003
Valentine Dalton, the author's fourth great grandfather accompanied George Rogers Clark on an expedition that historians argue was the most extraordinary feat of the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, Dalton family research also suggests that Valentine participated Clark's two private and little known military actions that were thought to be treaasonable missions against America.

Corroborated by vintage photographs, two hundred year old copies of letters, court records and other documents, "A River Away" implies that Captain Dalton infiltrated the Spanish high command as a spy under General Clark.

"A River Away" is not a mere chronological trip through time by ordinary characters. Instead it tells the story of Captain Valentine Dalton who intimately knew the historical figures portrayed in this novel of love, revenge and survival.


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5.0 out of 5 stars 'twas a bloodcurdling time! June 24 2004
Rebeccasreads highly recommends A RIVER AWAY as a lusty series of vignettes, with some luscious romance, & a passel of Revolutionary War stories from 1773 through 1807.
Telling the stories around the artifacts Marilyn Dungan unearthed, she breathes life back into a thrilling, frontier era. I do hope she acquires an audiobook version of A RIVER AWAY, because it will translate to the spoken word excellently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'twas a bloodcurdling time! June 20 2004
Rebeccasreads highly recommends A RIVER AWAY as a lusty series of vignettes, with some luscious romance, & a passel of Revolutionary War stories from 1773 through 1807.
Telling the stories around the artifacts Marilyn Dungan unearthed, she breathes life back into a thrilling, frontier era. I do hope she acquires an audiobook version of A RIVER AWAY, because it will translate to the spoken word excellently.
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Dungan's concise and descriptive language breathes life into her main character, Valentine Dalton. I keenly felt his love and passionate dedication toward his country, his wife, Hannah, and their children. Although this novel is considered a work of fiction, the author's portrayal of this man and his life made me feel that I was given a "true and accurate" glimpse into the heart and soul of this historical soldier and hero. It also shows the research that the author must have done to so clearly illustrate the period of time in which this story took place. I have enjoyed reading all of Marilyn Dungan's novels (The Laney McVey Series) and this book has piqued my interest so much that I would love to ask Ms. Dungan if she is going to make this into an historical fiction series. I sure hope so and I can't wait for her next publication!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Jan. 14 2004
I really enjoyed A River Away and read it in less than a day. I was really intrigued by author Marilyn Dungan's writing ability. I would recommend the book to readers that enjoy American history and adventure laced with a tender love story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Jan. 14 2004
By J. G. Bourne - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed A River Away and read it in less than a day. I was really intrigued by author Marilyn Dungan's writing ability. I would recommend the book to readers that enjoy American history and adventure laced with a tender love story.
5.0 out of 5 stars 'twas a bloodcurdling time! June 24 2004
By Rebecca Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Rebeccasreads highly recommends A RIVER AWAY as a lusty series of vignettes, with some luscious romance, & a passel of Revolutionary War stories from 1773 through 1807.
Telling the stories around the artifacts Marilyn Dungan unearthed, she breathes life back into a thrilling, frontier era. I do hope she acquires an audiobook version of A RIVER AWAY, because it will translate to the spoken word excellently.
5.0 out of 5 stars 'twas a bloodcurdling time! June 20 2004
By Rebecca Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Rebeccasreads highly recommends A RIVER AWAY as a lusty series of vignettes, with some luscious romance, & a passel of Revolutionary War stories from 1773 through 1807.
Telling the stories around the artifacts Marilyn Dungan unearthed, she breathes life back into a thrilling, frontier era. I do hope she acquires an audiobook version of A RIVER AWAY, because it will translate to the spoken word excellently.
5.0 out of 5 stars A River Away is an historical fiction that comes to life! Feb. 26 2004
By Linda Lou - Published on Amazon.com
Dungan's concise and descriptive language breathes life into her main character, Valentine Dalton. I keenly felt his love and passionate dedication toward his country, his wife, Hannah, and their children. Although this novel is considered a work of fiction, the author's portrayal of this man and his life made me feel that I was given a "true and accurate" glimpse into the heart and soul of this historical soldier and hero. It also shows the research that the author must have done to so clearly illustrate the period of time in which this story took place. I have enjoyed reading all of Marilyn Dungan's novels (The Laney McVey Series) and this book has piqued my interest so much that I would love to ask Ms. Dungan if she is going to make this into an historical fiction series. I sure hope so and I can't wait for her next publication!
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