Herons Poynte George Callaghan

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Published: July 13th 2012

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405 pages


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Herons Poynte  by  George Callaghan

Herons Poynte by George Callaghan
July 13th 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 405 pages | ISBN: | 4.12 Mb

Inspired by the stories of his grandfather, a young Indian man named David Waterfield leaves his small village in the Oklahoma panhandle and returns to the Chesapeake in search of the stolen lands of his ancestors. His only clues to their whereaboutsMoreInspired by the stories of his grandfather, a young Indian man named David Waterfield leaves his small village in the Oklahoma panhandle and returns to the Chesapeake in search of the stolen lands of his ancestors.

His only clues to their whereabouts are the image of a great tree woven into a belt of shell beads and a mysterious phonetic parchment written by a Jesuit priest in the lost language of his Choptank ancestors.Eventually, David locates his ancient homeland on a peninsula dominated by a gigantic white oak. He is dismayed, however, to discover that the sacred land around the tree has been transformed into a vast plantation that is still occupied by the descendants of Caecilius Blackburn, an English lord who received it as a grant from the King in 1635.

David’s grandfather has told him that when the Choptank people refused to leave the land they had lived on for ten thousand years, Lord Blackburn murdered their chief and most of his warriors, disposing of their bodies in a peat bog. Those who survived the massacre were forced to flee halfway across the continent and take refuge on a piece of land so desolate that no white man wanted it—a place called “No Man’s Land.”For centuries the tribe lived in utter poverty while the descendants of Lord Blackburn became extremely wealthy, first by selling tobacco harvested by African slaves and later from a steel mill they had built on a second royal land grant across the Bay, a place Lord Blackburn had called “the poynte of the herons.”Filled with outrage, David comes into conflict with the Blackburn family.

Crashing a lawn party at their estate, he confronts them in front of their guests and lays claim to his ancestral lands. Greatly disturbed by this, the Blackburns become determined to kill David and destroy his mysterious Choptank parchment.Soon David meets a kindred soul in the beautiful Liz Mancini, a whistle blower who works in the steel mills office.

David is appalled to learn from her that the foundry at Herons Point is a notorious polluter of the environment and is thought to be responsible for the growing number of lung cancer deaths in surrounding communities, including her late father.They decide to join forces against their common enemy.

Using their enormous resources, the Blackburns rebuff them at every turn. Their efforts seem futile until an unexpected discovery sends David halfway across the world and into the dark splendor of the Pope’s Secret Archives in Vatican City.



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