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“Dark Souls: Evil Hearts” is an Epic Tale of an Orphaned Boy Captured by Indians and Coming to Manhood in the Northwest Territory

It’s the story of a white man living among the Indians and being torn between conflicting cultures engaged in brutal, unforgiving warfare.


Caught in the middle of the conflict between Great Britain and the newly created United States of America, narrator James McFadden brings to life Governor William Henry Harrison’s plans to crush the attempt of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh from uniting all the tribes east of the Mississippi to stand as a single military force and drive the ‘white eyes’ back across the waters from which they came.

Readers will feel the plight of the Native Americans as they attempt to protect their land and way of life from the endless flood of white settlers pushing the frontier ever westward, driving them from their ancient hunting grounds. American and British, both sides bribing them to fight against the other, neither caring how much blood was spilled by “ignorant savages” standing in the way of progress.

Readers are drawn into the passions, lies, and deceit that disrupt the lives of those who lived through the actual events of that era. Following the War of 1812, the story traces the main character’s attempt to find peace with himself and a purpose for his life. His search ends at the time Indiana becomes the 19th State, in December of 1816.

The pages are filled with relationships involving love, sacrifice, hate, revenge, and adventure. Those who’ve read “Dark Souls” say it would make a great movie!

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“Dark Souls: Evil Hearts” by James L. Ellsberry
Publisher : Your Online Publicist
Publication Date : June 2023
Pages : 323
Product Dimensions : 6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm
Genre : Historical Fiction
Paperback ISBN : 978-1-63892-630-6
Hardcover ISBN : 978-1-63892-631-3

About the Author:

A native Hoosier; born in Terre Haute, a 1958. graduate of Indiana State University, completed a tour of duty in the Army, and upon return home, earned a master’s degree in secondary school administration. In 1964, Jim received an NDEA grant to Michigan State University where he completed the ED. S. in guidance and counseling.

He has served a teacher, counselor, coach, assistant principal, principal, and professor. Jim worked extensively in charter schools and gifted education. From 1974 until 1984, he was principal of Learning Unlimited, MSD Washington Town, Marion Co., IN, a nationally recognized alternative school. He was also privileged to serve as the Executive Director of the Indiana Principal Leadership Academy, Indiana Dept. of Education.

From 1986-1996, Jim was an adjunct professor at Butler University. He worked with more than 300 teachers who received their certification as administrators through the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP).

In retirement, he has written four books. The Gift: Poetry, Prose, and Prayer, “Dark Souls,” a historical novel based on the battles between the Indians and early Americans for control of the Northwest Territory 1776-1816, Witness for the Truth: 20 Reasons Jesus Came into the World, and The Lie and the Light. His fifth book, THE WARNING: Darkness Cometh will be released in 2021.

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