It is the early 1800s in the new frontier west of the Mississippi.
A young pioneer stumbles into a world of ancient Indian secrets and hidden treasure that threatens the lives of his family and friends unless he can solve the mysteries of the Kadohadacho.
It is the early 1800s in the new frontier west of the Mississippi. Eighteen-year-old Tom Murrell could never understand his father’s dreams of carving a new life out of the wilderness. He wanted to do something else with his life besides spend it behind a plow, but with the family moving to the Red River in Arkansaw Territory, he was stuck.
Everything changes for Tom when he witnesses the death of Tiatesun, spiritual leader of the Kadohadacho tribe, and is drawn into a raging conflict between the Kado and their arch enemies, the Osage.
His new friends Mattie and James say there is no alternative. They must use a cryptic map, drawn in a bible by Tiatesun in his own blood before he died to find this place called Na-Da-cah-ah. Only then can Tom be sure that his family and friends will be safe.
But it is a race against time –a race against Wey Chutta’s band of renegade Osage. Dangers are everywhere. The only chance to save his family is for Tom, Mattie and James to join with six Kado warriors, make sense from the map and the many clues they uncover on their quest, and discover the real Na-Da-cah-ah.
It could already be too late. Because the Osage know more than they should. Everything and everyone important to Tom is threatened unless he can solve the mysteries of the Kadohadacho.
E.Russell Braziel writes with eloquence, authority, and magical brilliance about America's historical beginnings and its inhabitants, what life was like back then along with some adventure to boot!
A robust tale that’s steeped in history and features well-rounded characters throughout. …Tom Murrell is a richly detailed protagonist (who)… intermingles with a motley batch of well-developed characters while traveling west with …James Torbett and Mattie McKellar. Mattie… is much more than a romantic interest for Tom, as her fluency in the Kado language makes her invaluable during the hunt for the…. alleged treasure within Na-Da-cah-ah.
KADO is a lively and engaging novel that brings to memorable and vivid life a variety of frontier and Indian people in the chaotic and roiling setting of races, empires, nations, and exploitative entities in the early 1800’s in the area of Shreveport, Louisiana. Combining Kado myths, gun fights, double- crosses, ambushes, settlement hardships, danger, treasure finding, and a bit of romance - all culminating in an exciting ending is very well told and is an historically accurate novel well worth reading.
KADO is fast-paced and loaded with fascinating places and people. The story revolves around conflicts between local Caddo people and a renegade group from their northern neighbors, the Osage. Although ultimately a fantasy that includes a treasure map, hidden cave, and a mysterious “gift”, the tale is immersed in well-researched historical and geographical realities. Braziel provides readers with both first-rate entertainment and a learning experience.