Fire Along the Sky

Being the Adventures of Captain Shane Hardacre in the New World

By Robert Moss

Subjects: Fiction, New York/regional, American History, Indigenous Studies, Dreams
Series: Excelsior Editions
Imprint: Excelsior Editions
Paperback : 9781438431604, 391 pages, February 2010

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Table of contents

1. The Wager

2. The Hell-Fire Club

3. Manhattan Island

4. A Tavern Fight

5. Johnson Country

6. Apples and Flints

7. Passage to Detroit

8. The Pompadour of New France

9. The Untamed

10. The Mohawk Scare

11. The Change in Davers

12. The Quest for the Prophet

13. Eating Fire

14. Pontiac’s Daughter

15. Bloody Bridge

16. Amherst’s War

17. Black George

18. The Lost Kingdom

19. Escape to New Orleans

20. The Wax Sybil

Author Note

A wildly entertaining historical adventure, deep inside the crucible in which America was forged.


Fire Along the Sky is an epic tale of adventure and bawdy intrigue among whites and Indians, a stirring evocation of the wild American frontier in the eighteenth century. Through the eyes of its irreverent narrator, Shane Hardacre, a young Irishman with a passion for women and adventure, we are caught up in the world of Pontiac, the great Ottawa warchief who rallied the Indian nations to a war of resistance, and of Sir William Johnson, the man of two worlds who made peace between peoples divided by race and religion. This edition includes the love letters of Lady Valerie D'Arcy, Shane's soulmate, a sensual, worldly, and intuitive lover who delivers a wry commentary on his amorous escapades.

"Splendidly researched and wildy amusing historical adventure . .. Tom Jones as The Deerslayer. " — Kirkus Reviews

"Robert Moss gives us a novel whose depth is close to that one tends to find in nonfiction. This is a splendid work which will bring pleasure to all readers. " — New England Review of Books

"This splendid piece of storytelling offers the added delight of a likely sequel. " — Publishers Weekly

"One of the more venturesome and compelling authors in the field. " — Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Mr. Moss is a suave writer who knows how to create believable characters and take the reader along with them. " — The New York Times Book Review

"Robert Moss is an accomplished storyteller who knows how to lay down a firm foundation of fact. " — Raleigh News and Observer

"The author of several excellent modern-day thrillers has turned to pre–Revolutionary War America and the results are wonderful. " — Rocky Mountain News

"Well researched, well crafted, a splendid read. " — Morris L. West