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And Not to Yield

And Not to Yield

A Novel of the Life and Times of Wild Bill Hickok

Randy Lee Eickhoff

Forge Books




Born James Butler Hickok, Wild Bill Hickok made his reputation as a gunslinger extraordinaire, and his legend has titillated journalists, novelists, and historians ever since. Here is the story---crafted by a master novelist---of this complex hero whose exploits have become part of the lore of the American frontier.

Nurtured by devout, staunchly Abolitionist parents, young Hickok quickly leaves their hardscrabble farm to homestead in Kansas. A true romantic and a Renaissance man, nourished by Greek and Arthurian legends, he effortlessly succeeds as a rancher, gambler, Union soldier, Indian fighter, lawman, baseball umpire, merchant, actor, marksman nonpareil---and lusty lover of whores, debutantes, and Libbie Custer.

But Hickok's many talents could not bring him peace. Guided and plagued by phantoms from his past, blessed and cursed with supernatural gifts, Hickok, like his hero Ulysses, must fulfill his destiny through his travels. From bleak upstate New York to the rugged Badlands, from New York City's Broadway to the Rockies, from the Mississippi riverboats to the Great Salt Flats, here is the compelling Odyssey of an American icon, told in Randy Lee Eickhoff's unforgettable voice.

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Chapter 1

"ONCE UPON a time a long, long time ago, a good knight loped gently over the plain on his faithful horse, and this good knight felt badly in his heart because he had a terrible deed to face…."
Papa told me that story....


Praise for And Not to Yield

“A brilliant, mysterious, and in the end poetic capture of that romantic American figure, the Western gunfighter of old. Wild Bill Hickok comes fully alive in these pages---and dies with equal force.” —David Nevin, New York Times bestselling author of Meriwether on And Not to Yield

“Eickhoff presents a poetic, yet violent fiction account of Wild Bill Hickok.” —Elmer Kelton on And Not to Yield

“An epic novel of an epic life . . . Robust, rich and vigorous, And Not to Yield is a thorough pleasure.” —Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil's Garden on And Not To Yield

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About the author

Randy Lee Eickhoff

Randy Lee Eickhoff holds several graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Classics. He lives in El Paso, Texas where he works on translations in several languages, poetry, plays, and novels of which two have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His translation of Ireland's national epic is now a text in not only schools in the United States, but countries overseas as well. His nonfiction work on the Tigua Indians, Exiled, won the Southwest History Award. He has been inducted into the Paso Del Norte Writers Hall of Fame, the local chapter of the Texas Institute of Arts and Letters. He spends his time in El Paso, Ireland, and Italy, lecturing on Dante and The Ulster Cycle.

Randy Lee Eickhoff

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