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They had rescued a young Nez Percé warrior from the warring Blackfoot and were bound on a journey to take him home to his people. The vast land of the Bitterroot Mountains and the badlands that lay at their feet, held more obstacles than they expected.
It was to prove to be a treacherous journey, fraught with natural disasters and conflicts with familiar foes. But when confronted with evil of another sort, an evil that sought to destroy their very own, it became kill or be killed, and blood would soon paint the mountains and the plains of the wilderness.
Yet even in the most challenging times, friends can be found, and old acquaintances renewed. But it takes more than friendship and new allies to dispel the wickedness that comes from darkness of malevolence. And when vengeance drives the demented, can there be deliverance? When women warriors prove their mettle, anything can happen, and usually does.
It was supposed to be a cozy winter in their new cabin, but it started with a cantankerous silvertip grizzly wreaking havoc on everything. That would prove to be the least of their problems in the coming winter…
After a trading foray to visit their neighbors, the Salish, two days north, everything seemed to get turned upside down. They found themselves in contested territory with a band of honor seeking young bucks from the Siksika band that sought to gain scalps and captives from their sworn enemies, the Salish. And that wasn’t enough to upset their peaceful plans, but when Gabe, or Spirit Bear, found out the Blackfoot had stolen the mares bred by his stallion and were carrying foals that belonged to him, it became personal.
“Excitement, daring hardship, combined with a Christian edge, makes this a very captivating, page turning story.”
What started as a joyous reunion of friends, soon became one of the most challenging periods of their lives. Chosen as scouts for the Kuccuntikka village of the Shoshone for their trek to the grand encampment of the Shoshone, their encounter with the scouts from the Tukkutikka band would set them on a different course altogether. When Gabe meets the war leader of the other band, he is challenged at every turn by the woman warrior, his equal on every count. But when they are attacked by Blackfoot, a battle rages…
When a raiding party of Hidatsa warriors strike another band of Shoshone, an old friend, the war leader of the Agaideka Shoshone, asks Gabe and Ezra to join in the vengeance party to rescue the five captive girls, one of whom is his niece known as Sacajawea. But raiding Blackfoot and Hidatsa war parties were not the only challenges for the two explorers. When a jealous Shoshone warrior tries to take the place of the woman warrior war leader and seeks vengeance, the fight rages with both the war leader known as Cougar Woman and her new mate, Spirit Bear – also known as Gabe Stonecroft.
After spending most of five years in the Rocky Mountains, Gabriel Stonecroft finds it necessary to return to civilization to settle some long past accounts. He sets out from the headwaters of the Missouri River, with his only companion a wolf, navigating the wild river through the lands of the Blackfoot, Gros Ventre, Assiniboine and more.
But an attack by a renegade French voyageur and his rebel Blackfoot companions is just one of the obstacles in his way. Once he lands at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi, the conspiring and deceitful ways of civilization weigh heavy upon him and his duty to the memory of his father and his fortune.
Along the way he will discover a purpose and plan for the return to the river and the mountains of the west. The past always has a way of raising its ugly head and bringing havoc and heartache upon the unsuspecting…
Their dream and goal had always been to explore and discover land unknown by white men. The land that lay within the territory known as New Spain or Spanish Louisiana, land that had been known as French Louisiana and that had only known the presence of Spanish Conquistadors and a few French Voyageurs or Coureur des bois. But it was the land of mountains that stood as the pillars of Heaven itself and held many natives that had never seen the face of a white man nor that of a man of color.
But now, with their new wives, Gabe and Ezra set out to discover and explore the mountains and wild country to the north. Land that was full of mystery and tales of the natives that told of indescribable wonders. Into this journey of great discovery, came a raiding horde of Blackfoot that sought to kill, maim, destroy and take captives from lesser tribes, like the Absáalooke, Agaidika Shoshone and the Bannock. When Gabe and Ezra make friends with the Shoshone, they are caught up in the war between the peoples and the price that is to be paid, maybe more than they are willing to give.
They are determined to defend their friends, and turn aside those that would wreak havoc, but what can two men do against so many?
Two friends committed to one another and their destiny of exploring the wilderness known as French Louisiana. A land that would soon become the Louisiana Purchase and a part of the growing nation of the United Colonies. But another man, wealthy, influential and vindictive is determined to see Gabriel Stonecroft pay the ultimate price for the death of his son, a ne’er do well troublemaker who surrendered his life in a duel with Stonecroft. After a perilous journey down the Ohio River aboard a flatboat, the two friends now set out to explore the west. But local toughs in the young town of New Madrid pick a fight and earn nothing but wounds and a grudge, a grudge that will be nursed by bounty hunters that seek to collect the sizable reward offered for the head of this young, would-be explorer.
But when they find a runaway captive of the Pawnee, and fight alongside the Osage Warriors, the most feared fighters in the new land, the plans of the two friends take a drastic detour. Land-locked pirates team up with bounty hunters and renegade Indians to do their best to permanently change the plans of the two adventuresome friends. And when women enter the picture, everything changes.
Osage, Kansa, Otoe, were all tribes west of the Mississippi and dwelt directly in the path of the two friends determined to escape the bounty hunters from Philadelphia and to explore the uncharted wilderness of the west. But when they encounter former French Voyageurs turned slave traders that take Pawnee women captive, their purposes take a turn. But slave-traders are nothing compared to the Omaha and Ponca tribes that have the market cornered on all trade from the Missouri and North Platte Rivers.
But Gabe Stone and Ezra Blackwell, lifetime friends and companions on this journey of discovery, find themselves befriending the Omaha and Ponca and then suddenly paired with the daughter of the most powerful chief in the territory. With every turn they meet a new challenge and just when they think they’re on their way into the uncharted wilderness, they are faced with a new challenge, the like of which they never imagined. Confronted by a company of Soldado de cuera, the exclusive corps of the Spanish Empire, and a band of Maroons made up of runaway and freed slaves, they have to make a choice that could mean the end of their journey, if not their lives.
Can two men really make a difference in a battle such as this?
By any measure, they would be considered old-timers in the mountains of the uncharted territory. Land that had been known as French Louisiana and Spanish Colonial Louisiana, was largely unexplored. The two old-timers were young men that had spent the last two years in that uncharted territory and had taken women from the Shoshone people as their brides. But their long-held dream and goal was to discover and explore the vast lands of the western wilderness and they set out to do just that.
But when renegade Coureur des bois of the Hudson’s Bay Company and trappers of the Northwest company decide to abandon the fur companies and seek their fortune by raiding the native villages, the two young friends and their women stand in their way.
The life and death struggle will bathe the wilderness in the blood of both raiders and explorers, and the screams of the tortured will echo through the canyons of the wilds.
Louisiana Territory had been the exclusive domain of Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company, seeking to fill their larders with the riches of the uncharted wilderness. But into that territory came two friends, determined to explore and learn about this vast land, land that had seldom if ever had the footprint of a white man.
With their journey already taking them through the lands of the Shawnee, Osage, Pawnee, Omaha and more, they have finally come within sight of the Rocky Mountains, but their way is blocked by the Plains tribes of Arapaho, Ute, Shoshoni, Crow and others.
The challenges of the wilderness never cease, and each day brings unknown dangers and death dealing conflicts, and they are forced to find their way in the unknown wilderness…
It started as a brother defending the honor of his only sister, but it led to a bloody duel and a young man of a prominent family lying dead in the dirt…
Gabriel Stonecroft along with his life-long friend, Ezra, the son of the pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal church, at his side, the journey to the far wilderness of the west would begin. One man from prominent social standing, the other with a life of practical experience, are soon joined in life building adventures.
That journey would be fraught with danger, excitement, and adventure as they face bounty hunters, renegade Shawnee and Delaware Indians, and river pirates. The odds are stacked against the two young men that were lacking in worldly wisdom when it came to life on the frontier. But that reservoir of experience would soon be overflowing with first-hand involvement in happenings that even young dreamers could never imagine.
Forces of nature intervene, and the heavy snows of spring bring the mountains tumbling down an errant wagon train. When Sean and White Fox are tasked with the recovery of survivors, they are flummoxed as to what to do with the new additions to their rapidly expanding family!
Maggie and Sadie have chosen to escape the conflict in the big city during the escalating Civil War, only to find themselves caretakers of two stray youngsters themselves. Now, the challenge for the young couple is how to get homes for a half dozen children, reunite family in the mountains, and keep hundreds of pilgrims from sparking additional conflict on the Oregon Trail.
The eleventh novel in the best selling Rocky Mountain Saint western series by B.N. Rundell.
War is looming in the East and when Tate and his son Sean meet with General Harney, commanding officer of Fort Laramie, each is tasked with special duties. Tate must scout and guide for the General and his troops as they leave the frontier to join the calamity in St. Louis. Sean is asked to be prepared to scout for the troops that remain and the new commanders that will be sent into the land of the restless Sioux. But first, the young scout, who knows the mountains, must learn about the country and people of the plains.
After meeting with the chiefs of the Brulé, he travels with his new friend, White Fox, to meet with the Miniconjou. But an encounter with the warring Crow, intent on revenge against the Ogalala, results in his friend taken captive. Sean is the only hope for her safe return, but he must also do what he can to keep the Lakota from all-out war against a depleted force holding Fort Laramie.
Muleskinners determined to make it to the goldfields of Colorado, crooked bankers and suppliers, and young warriors wanting to gain honors in battle, all come together to challenge the young scout in his first endeavor to bring peace to the prairie.