Give Your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men (Paperback)
Stunningly portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Golden Globe Award-winning and twelve-time Academy Award nominated film The Revenant, mountain man Hugh Glass's harrowing journey 300 miles to civilization after being mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead is just one of the incredible adventures Spur Award Winning author Win Blevins explores in Give Your Heart to the Hawks.
In addition to the captivating story of Hugh Glass, Win Blevins presents a poetic tribute to these dauntless "first Westerners" who explored the Great American West from the time of Lewis and Clark into the 1840s. As trappers in a hostile, trackless land, their exploits opened the gates of the mountains for the wagon trains of pioneers who followed them. Here, among many, are the enthralling stories of:
* John Colter, who, in 1808, naked and without weapons or food, escaped captivity by the Blackfeet and ran and walked 250 miles to Fort Lisa at the mouth of the Yellowstone River;
* Kit Carson, who ran away from home at age 17, became a legendary mountain man in his 20s and served as scout and guide for John C. Fremont's westward explorations of the 1840s;
* Jedediah Smith, a tall, gaunt, Bible-reading New Yorker whose trapping expeditions ranged from the Rockies to California and who was killed by Comanches on the Cimarron in 1831.
About the Author
Win Blevins is the author of a dozen novels, several volumes of informal history, and Dictionary of the American West. Among his awards: In 2003 Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers named him Writer of the Year, Stone Song, won the a Spur Award and a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Best Fiction. Win's his first novel in the Forge "Rendezvous" series, So Wild a Dream, won the Spur award for Best Novel of the West in 2004.
Praise for Give Your Heart to the Hawks:"It was an epic time, which lasted hardly more than a third of a century before civilization swarmed west on trails the mountain men had blazed. Now Blevins sees they are paid the awed honor that is due them, in a book which has the drama and suspense of a novel."—Los Angeles Times
"No one since the great A. B. Guthrie, Jr., has a better feel for the world of the mountain man."—Don Coldsmith
"For the lover of the early West, it is good entertainment... with lots of color, suspense and excitement."—The Denver Post
Praise for the Rendezvous Series:
"A rousing installment in a fine epic of the American frontier."--Publishers Weekly on Beauty for Ashes
"The glory years of frontier life, fresh and rich. "—Kirkus Reviews on Beauty for Ashes
"[An] entertaining, vivid portrait of frontier America as seen through the eyes of an impressionable youth."—Booklist on So Wild A Dream
"So Wild a Dream is a fabulous beginning of what promises to become a classic series that will be on college reading lists in history classes studying the fur trade era."—Roundup Magazine
"The drama and suspense of a novel...A lyrically written celebration of the lifestyle and the still astonishing deeds of the Mountain Men."
"No one since the great A. B. Guthrie, Jr., has a better feel for the world of the mountain man."
"For the lover of the early West, it is good entertainment...with lots of color, suspense and excitement."