The Eastern Door

The Eastern Door

Smithyman Saga Book I

David More


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Immigrating from 18th century rural Ireland, Billy Smithyman builds a new life in the New York frontier, where Billy's honesty stands out in the corrupt fur trade, and where he earns the trust of formidable Mohawk war chief Emperor Marten. Smithyman becomes a Mohawk warrior, and captures the love of Marten's niece, the fierce Laura Silverbirch. But, Smithyman's success creates murderous enemies in the colonial establishment, and his organizational skill leads him into his greatest challenge. In the midst of the French and Indian War, he is appointed the amateur commander of an untrained, civilian militia and ordered to capture a powerful French fort and its garrison. Smithyman and his ragtag army must quickly learn to outmaneuver a veteran French general, his well-trained army, and overcome colonial traitors if they are to survive. The Eastern Door is the first novel in a stunning new American Colonial History series.


David More:

David More was born in Montreal, Canada, but now lives with his wife, Donna, in a mid-1800s limestone house near Lake Ontario, where he can occasionally indulge his lifelong passions for sailing, boating and boatbuilding. Most recently, he acquired several weeks’ experience filling in as occasional deckhand, helmsman and cook aboard the local sail-training square-rigger, the brigantine St. Lawrence II, while working part-time for the organization.

Retired from a career as a medical laboratory manager, David was educated at University of Waterloo (BA History) and Queen’s University (Master of Public Administration) and MA (History). He is also a graduate of Canada’s Humber School for Writers. He has won several awards for his historical fiction and has published numerous articles in newspapers and professional journals. David has taught local/regional history at St. Lawrence College and continues to study history full-time in the PhD program at Queen’s, recently winning the Roger Graham Canadian History Fellowship and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, while working on Book IV of the Smithyman Saga, The King’s Salt.