Many know the names Pierre-Esprit Radisson and Médard Chouart des Groseilliers, but few have heard the adventures that turned two humble fur traders into influential and powerful businessmen, explorers, and pioneers. Now, discover the incredible early experiences of Radisson and des Groseilliers as they encounter hostile native tribes, corrupt governors, and unforgiving wilderness, all threatening to end their story before it even begins.


In 1652, Pierre was a sixteen-year-old living in New France. His life is derailed when Iroquois raiders abduct him and bring him back to their village to be tortured and executed. Only the request of a grieving village mother saves him, and Pierre is accepted into the tribe, adopted by the chief, and trained in the ways of an Iroquois warrior.

Pierre’s new education provides a vital bridge between Western culture and native tradition. After Pierre manages to escape from the tribe, he uses his skills to build a new life for himself. In partnership with his brother-in-law, Médard, Pierre embarks on an expedition to locate and buy a large store of beaver pelts, which they hope to sell at an enormous profit.

Follow these two men on their spectacular adventure—the entire New World is waiting!
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About the Author

Richard Lapointe was inspired to write the adventures in Beaver Coats and Guns as he listened to a radio broadcast showcasing the music of the early fur traders when he lived in Montreal after college. He spent the next seven years researching the subject, even staying near an Ojibway village on Lake Huron through a winter to write. Lapointe set the book aside for many years but picked it back up in the summer of 2015. Now, he is proud to present his first historical novel.

Lapointe received his degree in mathematics from the University of Toronto and began his career in the computer software field. More than forty years later, Lapointe is now focusing on his writing. He also enjoys sailing and spending time with his wife at their cabin on Manitoulin Island.

Lapointe is also the author of Seduction in Cuba, a romance novel.

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