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The novel, "BACKROADS TO BETHLEHEM': Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior..." (by William "Duke" Smither), is available on-line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A free preview of the book, and site information, can be obtained by clicking the MENU icon (upper left corner). Various blog postings are featured below. Thank you for visiting.

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    by William “Duke” Smither ***Note:  Preview text below concerns troops preparing for a “Holy War,” as observed by “Phasael,” a Maroon Spy  (passage from novel, “BACKROADS TO ‘BETHLEHEM’: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior, in the Shadows of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade”).        Chapter Four (Porto Calvo Rendezvous):  January 6, 1694…   […]

By William “Duke” Smither “Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.”   — Babatunde Olatunji (Nigerian Djembefola, 1927-2003, Grammy award-winning, master-drummer, percussionist)   Talking Drums African musicians say that […]