After barely escaping nemesis Killer Boots in the tiny Arizona Territory town of Glorious, Cash McLendon is in desperate need of a safe haven somewhere anywhere on the frontier. Read more...
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After barely escaping nemesis Killer Boots in the tiny Arizona Territory town of Glorious, Cash McLendon is in desperate need of a safe haven somewhere anywhere on the frontier.
Fleeing to Dodge City, he falls in with an intrepid band of buffalo hunters determined to head south to forbidden Indian Territory in the Texas Panhandle. In the company of such colorful Western legends as Bat Masterson and Billy Dixon, Cash helps establish a hunting camp known as Adobe Walls. When a massive migration of buffalo arrives, Cash, newly hopeful that he may yet patch things up with Gabrielle Tirrito back in Arizona, thinks his luck has finally changed.
But no good can come of entering the prohibited lands they ve crossed into. Little do Cash and his fellows know that their camp is targeted by a new coalition of the finest warriors among the Comanche, Cheyenne, and Kiowa. Led by fierce Comanche war chief Quanah and eerie tribal mystic Isatai, an enormous force of two thousand is about to descend on the camp and will mark one of the fiercest, bloodiest battles in frontier history.
Cash McLendon is in another fight for his life and this time running is not an option."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Having written nonfiction accounts of such real-life criminals as the Clanton family, Bonnie and Clyde, and Charles Manson, Guinn’s second work of fiction is a sequel to his 19th-century historical western novel, Glorious. The story continues the adventures of Cash McLendon, who is now, in 1873, on the run from his past and hunting buffalo with a 20-year-old Bat Masterson. They wind up in Dodge City, Kans., where Bat gets them a gig with Billy Dixon hunting south into Indian Territory at Adobe Walls, which has already been the site of a battle involving Kit Carson. The war chief, Quanah, and visionary tribal mystic, Isatai, are raising a coalition of Comanche, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Dog Soldiers to drive the hide men, as they are called, from their land. After he receives word that the love of his life, Gabrielle Tirrito, is in Mountain View in the Arizona Territory, Cash has even greater motivation for making money by selling buffalo hides. But in order to do so, he will first have to survive the Second Battle of Adobe Walls. As western heroes go, Cash is forgettable, neither hero nor villain nor anything interestingly in between. Instead, he is overshadowed by historical cameos in a novel that is too leisurely paced and too stylistically slick to be worthy of comparable titles such as Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove and Mary Doria Russell’s Epitaph. (Oct.)