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Frontier Scout Seamus Donegan is heading for Montana Territory with his new bride when war erupts in the Black Hills of Dakota. Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse have defied the Federal Government and refused to lead the wild tribes of the Northern Plains onto the reservation, and Washington decides to end the Indian problem once and for all. Donegan joins up with General George Crook who is leading the 2nd and 3rd Cavalry and a rough-and-tumble band of scouts and interpreters into the bloody battle. For Seamus Donegan and the men on the front lines, the long fight in the bitter cold of winter will be one of loneliness and fear-a struggle for survival that will not end, even with the swift and successful assault on the enemy stronghold. For in the ashes on the snow, in the fury of defeated warriors, the seeds are sown for a new and even bloodier chapter in the Indian Wars.
InBuffalo Palace, the young Titus Bass sights, and then sets out into, the vast Rocky Mountain country, where he has his initial experiences with trapping beaver, surviving the freezing winter, fighting fierce Indians and even fiercer fellow mountain men, and celebrating at the hard-earned summer rendezvous. Most memorably, we walk with Titus as he first sees the immense herd which originally fueled his wanderlust, and now feeds, clothes and houses the frontier's pioneers, when he reaches the country lovingly called the "Buffalo Palace. " From the Paperback edition.
Gathering his officers at Fort Laramie, Phil Sheridan prepares for the winter campaign for the sole purpose of capturing the elusive Sioux Chief Crazy Horse, whose exploits have put the U.S. Cavalry to shame.
"Crack in the Sky" continues the development of the young Titus Bass as he gradually learns the lore of the mountain man. From a raucous rendezvous of trappers to a searing fight with Comanche, from a frigid winter's chill to the angry heat of a chase with horse thieves, Titus Bass's West comes alive in the pages of this remarkable novel--and in its final scene, Titus Bass will meet young Josiah Paddock and form the deep friendship explored in the pages of "Carry the Wind. "
Bestselling American frontier novelist Terry C. Johnston has created an extraordinary, authentic saga of war, loss, and human struggle. This masterwork captures the complex, bloody tapestry of a land of men unchecked by the law, of native warriors continually betrayed, and of ever-expanding railroads.
The world of an early 19th century Kentucky farm proves to be too small a place for a boy with a vision. His wanderlust takes him to the Ohio River and into the fierce business world of old St. Louis, where he meets a veteran trapper. Filled with the trapper's stories, he plans to set out to experience the wilderness lore firsthand.
With the end of the beaver trade at hand, free trappers like Titus Bass must somehow make their way on a changing frontier. Drawn by the promise of adventure and wealth, Bass joins an expedition to Spanish California, where the ranchos have horses and mules in abundance. Their plan is to steal the livestock and drive it back east across the great Mojave Desert to sell to fur traders for top dollar. But pursuit by formidable Mexican soldiers and an attack by fierce Digger Indians take their toll on Bass and his fellow raiders.Arriving back in the Rockies, the mountain man discovers that even the famous Jim Bridger has abandoned trapping and settled down to trade with overland immigrants plying the Oregon Trail. Wondering where his own trail will lead him, Bass journeys south for a reunion with an old friend in Taos-only to be caught up in the "Taos Rebellion." And in its tragic aftermath, Titus finds himself once again an outsider in a world he no longer recognizes.From the Paperback edition.
As the Sioux and the Cheyenne amass along the northern frontier, army scout Seamus Donegan heads north to Fort Fetterman and Brigadier General George C. Crook prepares to face off against Crazy Horse.
Seven months of small reprisals since the Fetterman Massacre had passed. Sergeant Seamus Donegan of the Army of the West had witnessed proud leaders-both Indian and White-steel themselves for the withering clashes to come. And on two consecutive summer days, battle erupted-drowning the Dakota Territory in a damburst of bloodshed: the HayField Fight and Wagon Box Fight of 1867.
Titus Bass, the hero of "Carry the Wind" and "Crack in the Sky, " finds himself an unwilling witness to the death of his way of life as a mountain man. But Bass chooses to fight for a home in the mountains he loves--against the Blackfoot, smallpox, and against the bitter dangers of a land that is as deadly as it is beautiful.
Never one to proceed cautiously when an impetuous move could win him glory, Custer marched his famed Seventh Calvary against the Sioux in June, 1876. He was thirty-six, already a mythic hero to some, with the possibility of a presidential nomination looming in his future; while to others he was an arrogant and dangerous fool, misguided in his determination to subjugate the Plains tribes. What should have been his greatest triumph became an utterly devastating defeat that would ring through the ages and serve as a turning point in the Indian Wars.
In the wake of the Little Big Horn, the U.S. Army declares war on the Sioux and Cheyenne and embarks on a long and arduous campaign of vengeance that tests the courage and strength of all those involved, including scout Seamus Donegan.
The saga of frontier mountain man Titus Bass was first chronicled by author Terry C. Johnston in the bestselling trilogyCarry the Wind,Borderlords, andOne-Eyed Dream. InDance on the Wind,Buffalo Palace, andCrack in the Sky, Johnston set down the stirring adventures of Bass's early life. Now the unforgettable epic concludes with the story of this legendary hero's autumn years that was begun inRide the Moon DownandDeath Rattle. In this breathtaking climax, Bass, the hardy survivor of a world now gone, prepares to fight his magnificent final battle. Fleeing the bloody aftermath of the Taos Rebellion, Titus Bass leads his family north, hoping to winter with the Crow people. But wagons filled with overland emigrants in search of new homes have already begun to trek across the vast untamed frontier. The wild and free world of the mountain men is quickly fading into the past. Even the famous Jim Bridger, whose trading post sits on the emigrants' Oregon Trail, must contend with arriving Mormons under Brigham Young, who view the region as their Promised Land to be cleansed of all nonbelievers. For Titus Bass, the journey north is sadly eventful. He must save an old friend from death and rescue his daughter Magpie from cutthroat traders. He must find a way to free a wagon train of innocents from its unscrupulous leader, his murderous assistant, and the band of violent toughs who enforce the leader's will. Most important of all, Bass must come to terms with his long-lost daughter Amanda, bound with her husband and children for a new home . . . in a faraway land that Bass himself will never see. When Bass eventually arrives in the land of the Crow, he finds old friends -- and old ways -- dying out. Determined to live out his final years in peace, Bass soon comes to realize that even on the changing frontier, enemies lie in wait, old dangers lurk, and survival is never a certain thing. But still to come is the greatest lesson of all -- that dearer by far than his own life are the lives of his friends and loved ones.
Jonah Hook was a man who had lost everything a man could lose--but the iron will to reclaim what had been taken from him. Now he must confront the fiery religious heretic who has enslaved his wife and the fierce Comanche tribe who has raised his long-lost sons. From Fort Laramie, land of Sioux and Cheyenne, to the empire of the Mormons in the shadow of tall mountains, and on to the Texas panhandle, where he will join the ranks of the Texas Rangers, the journey ahead will test Jonah's courage, cunning, and endurance to the limit. On this bloody trail of rescue and revenge, nothing will stop him save success . . . or death.
Scout Seamus Donegan is not under the command of Col. Nelson A. Miles, who must lead his war-weary troops up the Tongue River into butte country. There, amidst the snow-covered bluffs, awaits Crazy Horse with a thousand-strong force of Lakota braves. They are ready to engage Col. Miles and the Fifth U. S. Infantry, in the last battle Crazy Horse will ever fight against the white man's army.