From one of the strongest voices in frontier fiction, THE BORDER MEN is a bold novel of revolution, adventure, and the spirit of the American pioneers. Cameron Judd tells the compelling story of proud men and women whose passion for liberty led them to fight for their freedom and tame the wilderness. Survival is at its most precarious, as Joshua Colter must defend the land he adopted in his youth, Tennessee. As a captain of the newly formed militia known as the Patriot Rangers, he leads the colonists in their struggles not just against the soldiers of the British Crown attempting to quiet their rebellion, but the fierce anger of the Cherokee and Chickamauga Indians as well, as they protect their territory.
The second volume in The Tennessee Frontier Trilogy, The Border Men is an adventure saga set in the period from 1778 to 1783. The battle at King's Mountain is the prominent historical context of the novel.
THE CANEBREAK MEN is a powerful saga from acclaimed frontier storyteller Cameron Judd, capturing the vision, the hopes, the heartache and the triumphs of the men and women who fought to forge a new nation in the wilderness. Following the American War for Independence from the British Crown, a group of Tennessee settlers is on a mission to carve out a new state as well as a new society within the fledgling nation. But this vision of a new Eden is fraught with adversity, as the federal government tries to centralize the newly-united states and the Chickamauga Indians object to the settlers' incursions into their territory. In this untamed land, men and women test their strength and face an uncertain future.
Owen Killiffer is driven by the need for revenge on the mad Englishman who carried off his sister and killed most of his family. He also has struggles resolving the conflict with his father. In the meantime, old familiar characters are back with joys and problems of their own.
Jedediah "Jedd" Colter is a man with big dreams that go beyond the mountains of North Carolina. When he hears of a band of travelers bound for the gold fields of California, Jedd uses his hunting skills to convince the party's organizers to hire him as a guard. The Sadler brothers promise him a cut of the fortune mining brings them, but their real plan is to hit pay dirt by becoming merchants and cheat Jedd out of his earnings. While the journey is difficult and its leaders incompetent, Jedd's natural skills enable him to keep the peace and save them all from disaster. But when Jedd is injured along the way, the Sadlers inform him that his services are no longer needed and head west without him. After Jedd recovers he only has one thing on his mind--making it to California on his own--and getting even with those that did him wrong... .
Finalist for the Spur Award: The thrilling adventures of an American icon come alive in this vivid and authentic retelling of his remarkable story From humble beginnings in rural Tennessee to his heroic death defending the Alamo, frontiersman, adventurer, and politician David "Davy" Crockett embodies the spirit and ideals of the national character. Even during his lifetime, tales of the sharpshooting, skilled woodsman were--to his delight--told, retold, and elaborated on. As a US congressman, the former Creek War militiaman steadfastly opposed President Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act. As a soldier, he made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for an independent Texas. Nearly two centuries after his untimely demise, he remains a legendary figure in American lore. In this fictional account of Crockett's life, author Cameron Judd offers a nuanced portrait of the man behind the myth. He depicts Crockett's triumphs as a hunter, cattle drover, warrior, and legislator in riveting detail and poignantly illustrates his subject's hardscrabble youth and complicated relationship with his father. Meticulously researched and rich in vibrant action, Crockett of Tennessee captures the charisma, ambition, and bravery of the man known as the "King of the Wild Frontier."
This historical fiction novel traces the life of David (Davy) Crockett from his early poverty-stricken life in the Tennessee Territory to his death defending the Alamo. In between are a strained relationship with his father, a cattle drive, an aborted attempt to become a sailor, two marriages, war with the Creeks, his tenure as Congressman, and various scrapes brought about by his friendship with Persius Tarr, and other events.
When Deborah Bledsoe's father hears that his daughter may still be alive after being abducted by Cherokee raiders, he hires Crawford Flynn to find her, not knowing that Flynn's tracking skills have been exaggerated. The better bet is Flynn's son Simeon, who actually has the ability to track Deborah through the wilds of the vast, untamed West. . . .
The world had turned black and hellish all around me. Right now I could have wept For the Halleys, harsh as they had been to me. But my real grief was for Mr. Ramm, for I figured he must have suffered before he died, suffered so much that he obviously had broken down and told his assailants that Penn Malone had left him a note saying he was gone to Dodge. And then they had knifed him until he was dead. Whatever had happened, I was obviously being hunted, and hunted seriously, by three brutal men I didn't know, and for reasons of which I had no clue. And now they were in Dodge....
He was only a boy of ten when he survived a bloody massacre in Charles Town, but with Joshua Colter's survival came the will to fight and survive. On the land that has become his home, a mountain paradise the Cherokee call Tanisi, Joshua must face his destiny of being a leader in the bitter fight for land and power between the Cherokee, settlers and British royalty, or he will lose the only place he can call his own. In an age of revolution in the deep wilderness of the rugged frontier Joshua must test his loyality, strength and will to survive. THE OVERMOUNTAIN MEN is just the first chapter in an epic saga of love, hate and war from one of the leading authors of frontier fiction, Cameron Judd. They are the men and women who forged a nation, conquered nature and found freedom...THE OVERMOUNTAIN MEN.
The first volume in The Tennessee Frontier Trilogy, The Overmountain Men traces the settlement of the Tennessee frontier in pre-Revolutionary War America. A fascinating story and an inspiring record of the courage of the colonists.
A sweeping epic of the American frontier and the brave few who risked their lives for the promise of glory and limitless fortunes For Americans in the early nineteenth century, the uncharted western frontier signified both great opportunity and grave danger. Bold pioneers left the civilized Eastern Seaboard in droves, seeking riches and reinvention. Trekking across the continent's vast plains and rivers, they faced the threat of disease, wild animals, and violence from Native Americans who resented this invasion into their land. In this stunningly dynamic novel, author Cameron Judd portrays one such perilous journey down the Ohio River through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Celinda Ames. During the Ames family's trip to Natchez--one of the earliest settlements in what is now Mississippi--both of Celinda's parents die from infection. Left to fend for herself, Celinda encounters an array of seamy characters drawn to the lawless West, like the malevolent Harpe brothers--arguably America's first serial killers--who prowl the river robbing and murdering unsuspecting travelers. This enthralling narrative leads up to the powerful earthquake of 1811 that jolted the Midwest, upended the region's budding civilizations, and changed the course of migration to the West. With an unflinching eye, Judd evokes the dangers of the frontier with vivid clarity and illustrates the exhilarating adventures of those who dared to conquer it.
FROM THE BACK COVER: Western reporter Brady Kenton has made his living with the power of his pen capturing the conflicts and the courage of the American frontier. But there's one story that has always eluded Kenton; the truth behind his wife's purported death in a fiery train crash. Victoria Kenton's body was never found Now, a nervous young Englishwoman has shown up in Leadville, telling Kenton's sidekick, Alex Gunnison, that she is the reporter's long lost daughter and that she knows Victoria's fate. But before Gunnison can bring the girl to Kenton, a Texas man hunter warns him away, calling the woman an insane killer who is spreading lies across the frontier. In a land where fact is stranger than fiction, Brady Kenton is going to have to take a chance. He is sure that the truth is close at hand. And so is a killer, or two.
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