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Comanche Moon
by Larry McMurty Details
Two Texas Rangers fight Indians and bandits while trying to sort affairs with their women. One is Gus McCrae, a hard-drinking womanizer jilted by his love, the other is sober Woodrow Call, father of a boy by a prostitute.
Ghost Warrior
by Lucia St. Clair Robson Details
Conventional history records Geronimo, Cochise, and Victorio as the most important Apache military leaders, but the Apaches themselves include another hero: Lozen, valiant warrior, revered shaman, and beautiful woman.
Long Winter Gone
by Terry C. Johnston Details
After a year of retirement at the end of the Civil War, George Armstrong Custer is summoned by General Sheridan and appointed to the cavalry to quell the Indians of the Southern plains territory. Success in this area leads Sheridan to have Custer subdue the Sioux and Cheyenne of the Northern plains. Custer carries on an extra-marital affair with a young Indian girl. This novel is a prelude to the Battle of Little Big Horn.
Longarm and the Paiute Indian War
by Tabor Evans Details
A dalliance in Denver puts the marriage-minded Lilly Hutton in pursuit of Longarm. But instead of traditional wedding vows, he's trading lead with outlaws running Paiutes off their land.
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Longarm
Montana Massacre
by Jon Sharpe Details
When Crow warriors attack Fort Newcomb, they leave no one alive -- except a beautiful woman trapped beneath a burning building. Rescued by Skye Fargo, she's soon taken hostage by the Crow raiders, who discover that the Trailsman isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers to get her back.
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The Trailsman
Moon Medicine
by Mike Blakely Details
From the Spur Award-winning author of Summer of Pearls When broken-hearted Honore Greenwood leaves New Orleans -- and the woman he loves -- to build a fort right in the heart of Comanche Country, he knows he has volunteered for a most dangerous project. With the Mexican War and the California Gold Rush bringing chaos across the plains, Honoree will have to work hard to earn the trust of the proud, powerful, and unpredictable Comanche people.
Moon of Bitter Cold
by Frederick J. Chiaventone Details
In 1866, the war in the West, with its bloody collision of cultures, is increasing in tension and danger. As the U.S. Army builds ever more forts on the Great Plains, Red Cloud, a Lakota Sioux war leader, assembles more than 3,000 warriors to drive out the white man.
Redemption: Hunters
by James Reasoner Details
When a violent scuffle between buffalo hunters and a party of Indians puts Redemption in the middle of a range war, Marshal Bill Harvey must find a way to keep the town and its residents safe
Shavetail: A Novel
by Thomas Cobb Details
Fleeing a shameful past, seventeen-year-old Ned Thorne joins the U.S. Army and, in 1871, is sent to the dangerous Arizona territories, where he joins his captain and a ragtag troop in the search for a missing woman supposedly kidnapped by the Apache.
The Big Fifty: A Western Story
by Johnny D. Boggs Details
The reality of frontier life in Kansas becomes brutally clear to 12-year-old James Coady McIlvain when his father is scalped and he is taken prisoner by hostile Indians. Escaping with the aid of an Indian friend, Coady finds himself with a buffalo sharpshooter that he imagines is the embodiment of his hero, Buffalo Bill Cody, a role in which the circumspect Griffith feels himself totally inadequate.
The Deliverance
by Richard S. Wheeler Details
At Bent's Fort on the Mexican frontier, the Skyes agree to help a mysterious Cheyenne woman, Standing Alone, locate her two children who were kidnapped by Ute Indians several years before and sold into bondage in Mexico. The mission, impossible, dangerous, and foolhardy to all Skye's friends, takes the three to Santa Fe and Taos and into a strange association with an eccentric, self-proclaimed Texas adventurer and filibuster, Colonel Childress, who agrees to help them for reasons no one can guess.
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Skye's West
The Elk-Dog Heritage
by Don Coldsmith Details
In the New World of the 16th century, the Elk-Dog band of "the People" are well-respected on the Great Plains for their horse and warrior skills. When the young men of "the People" want to wage war on their enemies, it is up to the chief to keep the peace among his own tribe.
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Spanish Bit Saga
The Son
by Phillipp Meyer Details
Comanche Indian captive Eli McCullough must carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong -- a journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck that reverberates in the lives of his progeny.
The Way of the Coyote
by Elmer Kelton Details
The Civil War has ended, and Union soldiers and federal officials have taken control of Texas as Rusty Shannon rides to his home on the Colorado River. As a child he was a captive of the Comanche, as a young man a proud member of a ranging company protecting settlers from Indian raids. Shannon's fate is intertwined with the young man accompanying him: Andy Pickard, himself but recently rescued from Comanche captivity and known by his captors as Badger Boy. Texas is in turmoil, overrun with murderous outlaws, lawmen exacting penalties from suspected former Confederates, nightriders, and the ever-dangerous Comanche bands. In this tempestuous time and place, Rusty tries desperately to resume his prewar life. His friend Shanty, a freed slave, is burned out of his home by the Ku Klux Klan; his own homestead is confiscated by his special nemesis, the murderous Oldham brothers; and the son of a girl he once loved is kidnapped by Comanches.
Turn the Stars Upside Down: The Last Days and Tragic Death of Crazy Horse
by Terry C. Johnston Details
In this powerful, moving account of the last days of Crazy Horse, Terry C. Johnson weaves a saga of warriors, lovers, peacemakers, traitors, war, and suffering among the innocents on both sides. Most of all, this is the story of one man -- a mystic, a fighter, a father and husband -- whose last journey was as fateful and dramatic as a life lived without surrender.
Winter Shadows
by Will Henry Details
"Lapwai Winter" is set in Northeastern Oregon in the time of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perces. A treaty agreement with the Indians has been violated and the territorial rights of the Indians have been revoked. Narrated by Heyets, one of Joseph's family members, this gripping drama unfolds with the question of war clearly in the balance. "Winter Shadows" finds a band of Mandan Indians facing the hardest winter in their tribal history. An unscrupulous Assiniboin medicine man has taken advantage of them and their salvation may rest with an orphaned outcast.
Updated 08/21/2014
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