[The action is set] around New Jersey and Manhattan island and environs. The Water-Witch is a trim, beautiful, very fast sailing vessel smuggling goods into the North American colonies of the last Stuart Monarch, Queen Anne. The time is the early second decade of the 18th Century, approximately 1712.
In this, the first of the Leatherstocking Tales, we meet Natty Bumppo as a young man living in upstate New York in the early 1740s. Bumppo, called Deerslayer, and his friend Hurry Harry approach Lake Glimmerglass, or Otsego, where the trapper Thomas Hutter lives with his daughters, the beautiful Judith and the feeble-minded Hetty.
One of his lesser known works, Oak Openings or The Bee Hunter is one of Cooper's last novels. The book opens with the meeting of four men, Elksfoot, Pigeonswing, Benjamin Boden, and Gershom Waring. Boden is a bee-hunter, who searches for natural bee hives and harvests the honey. Waring is a down-on-his-luck alcohol trader. And the lives of the two Indians are a source of intrigue. As the four settle into Boden's house for dinner and conversation, they begin talking about the politics of the day, including the impending war between the Americans and the British. The men part ways in the morning, but murder and danger soon follow them all. Elksfoot turns up dead, and Boden and Waring must escape a deadly band of Pottawattamie Indians. Along the way, they pick up new travelers, all trying to find a way out of Pottawattamie territory and certain death. Anyone with an interest in frontier fiction will enjoy this classic book from one of America's most renowned authors. Popular American novelist JAMES FENIMORE COOPER (1789-1851) is best remembered for his 1826 epic The Last of the Mohicans, considered his masterpiece.
The Last of the Mohicans is a fast paced thriller, set in the eighteenthcentury against the backdrop of a fierce French and Indian War onAmerican soil. The story follows the brave scout Hawkeye and hiscompanions as they weave through the spectacular forest frontierof western New York, fighting to save the two daughters of a fortcommander from the treacherous Le Renard.The battles are cold-blooded with weak allegiances, devastatingbetrayals and few trustworthy men. The journey through the toughterrain of America shows that even in such horrid environment,feelings of brotherhood, friendship and love do prevail.