The son of a white man and Cherokee slave, Joseph Willis gains his freedom and swims the mighty Mississippi on a mule. Driven by three winds - a wind of freedom driving him from North Carolina, a mighty rushing wind compelling him across the Mississippi River into the Louisiana Territory, and a wind of war fueled by slavery Antebellum Louisiana Rooted in a time of tradition and chivalry - Joseph discovers a land of innocence lost. His life converges with Louisiana contemporaries, including Solomon Northup, James Bowie, William Prince Ford, Edwin Epps, John Murrell, John Audubon, Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, Jean Lafitte, and voodoo queen Marie Laveau, as well as Texas Ranger Jack C. Hays. Inspired by a true story, from master storyteller Randy Willis, comes a novel about adventure, family, faith, and the character of a man that touched generations.
I could hardly wait to get to my car to start my commute. The worst part was the days that the traffic was light and I couldn't listen as long as I wanted to. Fantastic beautiful story.
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Full of wit and unexpected twists and turns, this is the amazing tale of Joseph Willis, the half Cherokee preacher that stood on his principles and the word of God, at a time that could've gotten him killed . . . befriending the most unlikely of characters along the way, learning their stories and most of all CARING . . . based on a true story, this book will change the way you think about life, the way you approach situations, and give you hope . . . hope that ONE person can make a difference . . . even in the time of slavery . . . even now . . .
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