Eighteen years have passed since Sam Morgan came West from Pennsylvania and learned the perilous business of trapping in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Now, in 1840, he seems to face a bleak future. The fur trade has played out and he must find other means of making a living. Sam decides#xA0;to return to California with his daughter Esperanza and start a new life. The great golden land represents a bitter memory - his beloved Crow Indian wife Meadowlark died there in childbirth - but friends convince him that his destiny lies on the Pacific shore. Meadowlark's uncle, Flat Dog,#xA0;his family,#xA0;and Hannibal MacKye, the half-Delaware mountain man,#xA0;join Sam and Esperanza for the journey west, where they hope to trade for a herd of Appaloosa horses to sell at a profit in California. At Fort Hall on the Oregon Trail, Sam and his people encounter a terrified woman, Lei Palua, who has escaped the clutches of a psychopath called Kanaka Boy, whose#xA0;gang of killers and rapists has been terrifying Indian villages in the Northwest. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
This is the sixth and best in Blevins's exciting Rendezvous series (following A Long and Winding Road) featuring mountain man Sam Morgan. It's 1840 and Sam, seeing the end of his beloved fur trade, decides to head for California and a settled life with his friend, Hannibal, and Sam's daughter, Esperanza, raised on the Crow reservation since her mother died in childbirth. The three of them along with a party of friends and Indian relatives endure harsh weather and forbidding terrain on their journey from the Wyoming territory to the coast, but the situation goes from bad to worse after they find and care for a badly injured woman, Lei Palua, who has escaped from a psychopathic gang whose leader, Kanaka Boy, vows to get her back. When Sam and his group are bushwhacked, their herd of horses stolen and Esperanza kidnapped by Kanaka Boy, Sam embarks on a rage-filled orgy of bloody violence. Blevins, a masterful western storyteller, really piles on the torture, mutilation and rape, but the action is fast-paced and the details of frontier life, the fur trade and Indian lore authentic. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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November 30, 2009
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