The Exile

Richard S. Wheeler

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Thomas Francis Meagher -- " Meagher of the Sword" -- was already an Irish revolutionary legend when he arrived in New York in 1851. He studied law, married a wealthy New York woman, engaged in Tammany politics, and commanded the Irish Brigade at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville.

The war took its toll on Meagher's soul and spirit and by its end he was ruined financially and spiritually until appointed acting governor of Montana Territory. In his isolated outpost, he faced formidable foes-hostile Indians, the vigilantes who were running the territory, and a government paralyzed by factionalism.

The Exile is the story of this dashing man of action, a man who inspired ballads and songs, who risked everything, and lost everything, on behalf of his ideals, and whose name is still revered among the Irish world-wide.

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I beseeched the winds to hasten the Elizabeth Thompson. But her white sails didn’t rise from the haze of Bass Strait, and I feared I might perish. Of traffic in that narrows there was a plenty, and time and again I built a signal fire, only to watch the cloud of canvas slide past and sink over the horizon along with my heart.
With each passage, and every hour, my peril increased. I was a wanted man, yea, a celebrated and wanted man, and I knew that Governor Denison would stop at nothing to thwart my escape. Behind me, Van Diemen’s Land crawled with the Queen’s constables

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"A much-honored Western writer from Livingston, Mont. Creates another fascinating novel rooted in history..."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer on The Exile

"...Wheeler is a writer's writer whose prose as the authority of handset type but sparkles like horseshoes on flint rock."--Kirkus Reviews on The Exile

"[Wheeler] has forever branded Western literature with his presence. [His] characters . . . are not the people who win every showdown. . . . Instead [they] struggle for their lives, and often their souls." -True West on Eclipse

"A riveting novel by [a] master storyteller. . . . Wheeler brings readers a stunningly told and hitherto incomplete story of the tragic, final chapter in the life of Meriwether Lewis, one of American history's most famous and lasting characters." -The Denver Post on Eclipse

"Eclipse is a wonderful biographical fiction . . . vividly described." -Midwest Book Review

"A master storyteller whose heart is obviously in the West."--Library Journal

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Richard S. Wheeler

Richard S. Wheeler has written over fifty novels and several short stories. He has won four Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the field of western literature.

He lives in the literary and film community of Livingston, Montana, and is married to Professor Sue Hart, of Montana State University-Billings. Before turning to fiction he was a newsman and book editor. He has raised horses and been a wrangler at an Arizona dude ranch.

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The Exile
Richard S. Wheeler

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
May 2005
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780812576115
ISBN10: 081257611X
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 336 pages
$5.99
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