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A Storm Hits Valparaiso summary A Storm Hits Valparaiso , series A Storm Hits Valparaiso , book A Storm Hits Valparaiso , pdf A Storm Hits Valparaiso , A Storm Hits Valparaiso 04ba84c3e8 Catalina Flores De La Pe A S Tongue Got Her In Trouble Than Any Other Part Of Her Body, Even Though There Were Far Likely Candidates But When A Storm Rolls Into Her Sleepy Port Town, She Finds Herself Embroiled With A Gang Of Adventurers, Mercenaries, And Prostitutes On A Journey To Free South America From The Spanish Empire A Storm Hits Valpara So Is An Epic Historical Adventure Starring Two Brothers Torn Apart By Love A Slave Running For His Life A Disgraced British Sailor Seeking Redemption And Jos De San Mart N, An Argentine General Who Deserts The Spanish Army To Lead A Bloody Revolt Against His Former Masters Praise For A Storm Hits ValparaisoA Work Of Sweeping Historical Fiction That Captivates And Entertains Engaging And Richly Textured John D Glass, Author Of Legend Of Zodiac David Gaughran Has Woven A Captivating Story Set During This Dangerous Period In South America S History I D Happily Recommend It To Fans Of The Genre Tracy Cook, Booked Up Reviews A Romping Classico It Reminded Me Of Louis De Berni Res SR Noss, Author Of Life On The Suburban Fringe An Ambitious Story Of Love And Betrayal, Victory And Defeat In Characters Drawn From Real Historical Figures, The Author Delves Into The Politics Of War And How Battles Turn On The Smallest Of Details Or The Whims Of A Single Man JW Manus, Author Of The Devil His Due


10 thoughts on “A Storm Hits Valparaiso

  1. says:

    Once I started this book, I just wanted to be left in peace to finish it, and everything else including preparing Sunday dinner became an annoying distraction.We have all heard of Sim n Bol var, a leader in the struggle to free Hispanic America, but A Storm Hits Valparaiso introduces a host of other characters some real, some fictional that contributed to the liberation of South America from the Spanish.There are many unsung heroes and heroines in any war of independence, and Gaughran introduces the reader to a few of them The escaped slave Z and freed slaves of South America seeking to consolidated their freedom Mar a de los Remedios, wife of San Martin, who encouraged the women of Argentina to raise funds, buy guns, and sew uniforms for the soldiers Diego and Jorge, brothers who have lost all and become embroiled in the war Pacha, a native enslaved in the mines of Peru by the Spanish, seeking to free his people and get home to his family Madam Feliz, whose gambling house brothel provided distraction from the ravages of war for the soldiers Lord Captain Thomas Cochrane, the disgraced British naval officer and MP, seeking to clear his name and revive his fortune by enlisting as a mercenary and of course Jos de San Martin, a deserter from the Spanish army who ends up commanding Argentine forces.This is far than a historical novel about war It is an account of the lives and loves of a large cast of disparate characters and the circumstances that led them to be in that part of the world at the height of the struggle for independence Gaughran s deft touch seamlessly blends all the characters together into the heart of the story.If I can single out one character, Catalina, sent by her father to stay with her pious spinster aunt in Santiago, to avoid the rising dangers at their tavern in Valparaiso The headstrong Catalina escapes the boring old woman s clutches But as the war unfolds, tragedy leaves Catalina displaced, and desperately trying to forge a new life.I loved this book and highly recommend it I googled the characters and searched out the locations on google earth, and you ll be doing the same This is an interweaving of history and fiction at its best.


  2. says:

    I have a lot of respect for David Gaughran I read his blog daily and his non fiction work Let s Get Digital manages to be both inspiring and of practical use so when I saw the chance to get a review copy of his first novel, A Storm Hits Valparaiso I jumped at it, not lease because I saw it as a way of repaying a little bit of what I ve gotten from David over the past several months.A Storm Hits Valparaiso is an epic story of love, hate, brotherhood, power, revenge, and the thirst for independence told from the points of view of a variety of people in positions both high and low For the sake of perspective, Historical Fiction is not a genre I read a lot and I have no particular interest in South America My home genre is Epic Fantasy though, so I am fully ready to accept a story that spans a continent where what s at stake is the lives of every single person on the continent.I wanted to love this book and I ended up just liking it.Why did I like it Well, it has a little bit of everything it claims There is love, of both the romantic and brotherly varieties There is the simple struggle for survival of individuals juxtaposed against the larger struggle for the survival of a people with a regional identity There is the desire of individual slaves to be free smacked right up next to the desire of a nation of people desiring to be free of a colonial power half a world away In short, it has everything you would want in an epic.Why then, didn t I love it There are two things I would point to but I think they both stem from one overriding factor The story is too big for the book I come from a world of Epic Fantasy where doorstopper novels are, if not quite the norm, well within the normal range A Storm Hits Valparaiso comes in at a bit less than a hundred thousand words which is fairly normal for a novel But this isn t a normal novel We don t have a main plot with a few sub plots Gaughran is trying to tell us a real story from real history and if you haven t noticed, real life is far complex than your average novel.To get into the specifics, I think A Storm Hits Valparaiso has two significant flaws.One is characterization It is spotty at best There are, I think, two characters who are decently written though even there, we should have had In other cases, including what should have been one of the emotional subplots there wasn t enough characterization to make me actually care about the character If I don t care about them I don t care about what happens to them and they and the novel lose all the dramatic tension they should have.The other problem and it s related is a showing telling problem There are a lot of places where Gaughran tells us something instead of showing us something and the story suffers as a result.For example, there are two brothers, Jorge and Diego who get separated for a long time When they get back together they find things aren t quite like they were before and they end up growing apart Gaughran tells us this and gives us a scene or two to illustrate It should have been the reverse Give us nine scenes where we can see that things are different and just a few lines where one of them recognizes the differences.All in all, if you like historical fiction and or have a particular affection for South America, I think you ll really enjoy this story.


  3. says:

    I appreciate that this book exists as it gave me a quick summary of the struggle for independence of some South American countries That was not enough for me to give this book a good review.I think that this story of historical fiction is reminiscent of James Michener s two volume set of the beginnings of South Africa That tome was enjoyable and dealt with the full history of South Africa.A Storm Hits Valparaiso misses the boat in telling a thoughtful story of the independence of some South American countries It is choppy and muddled I found some chapter breaks in the middle of a continuing thought and at other times, dramatic changes were not chapter breaks This book takes on too many countries in one story It would have fared better by concentrating on expanding the story to provide continuity and depth of data so the reader may understand what was happening in a interactive manner I felt the author was reporting to me on some aspects of history instead of living it with me.There were also too many inconsequential characters I would rather that the author would have concentrated the main people in the story I found St Martin and Cochrane well developed and interesting.If you are a fan of historical fiction and would like a cursory history of the lower South American struggle for independence, then this may be a good choice for you.


  4. says:

    While I found the overall arc of the story to be an interesting look at the war in South America, I thought the author would have been better served focus on a smaller set of characters and a smaller portion of the history The books follows a large number of characters, some interesting than others, through their individual roles in the liberation of South America from the Spanish The sense of timing was difficult for me to follow, as some chapters would cover one afternoon in one character s life, and then the next chapter of equal length would cover a multi month military campaign including pivotal battles dealt with in a paragraph or two Many of the events in some characters lives that we learned about again, often in detail than any of the actual battles of the war ended up just being anecdotes unrelated to what happens to the character later in the book Overall, the book kept my interest, but I think there was a much interesting, and better written, book that the author missed the mark on I do appreciate the list of references the author included at the end I will likely read some of the histories of this time period to better understand the events


  5. says:

    This is a fine and deftly woven account of the long struggle for South American independence Through rotating viewpoints, author David Gaughran shows the various groups participating in that struggle Chilean tavern keepers daughter runaway black slave with this master s brand burned into his chest Indian miner from the mountains of Peru young cousins raised as brothers on a subsistance rancho in Argentina a brilliant strategist from the British navy and the visionary leader San Martin.The story is lively and fast moving While there s plentiful description of numerous battles, the detail never slows the pace Through it all we see the tremendous human cost of liberating an entire, vast continent To help readers imagine the scale of the struggle described here, imagine trying to draw together small factions scattered from Washington State to Florida and from Maine to California in the early 1800s without even so much technology as the telegraph.


  6. says:

    This work of historical fiction reads like a history textbook than a novel The events are all there, but overall the writing appears to me to be unfocused and, at times, one dimensional The few main characters never seemed to come to life for me, and perhaps I was expecting too much of a novel which attempts to cover so much history over many years Three stars.


  7. says:

    This is about the South American countries as they waged revolutionary wars for their freedom from Spain Historical fiction, and I usually enjoy it, but this one had way too many battle descriptions for my liking.


  8. says:

    A well written historical novel about the fight for independence in South America It was a bloody, savage fight for freedom from the Spanish, and the fictional part of the story keeps you interested while you are actually learning history.


  9. says:

    Loved this in the beginning, but the second half read like a history text I was disappointed that these great characters were left to such flat, static endings Could have been an amazing historical novelvery disappointing.


  10. says:

    A Good ReadI enjoyed it very much The was good interplay between the historical aspect and the story line A good read.


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