Shortgrass Song

Mike Blakely

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Shortgrass Song is the saga of young Caleb Holcomb as he makes his way through life in an epic as big as Texas itself. Caleb's adventures take him through Civil War battles, buffalo hunts, Indian wars and barroom shoot-outs. On his way he meets:

Snake Woman--the Comanche slave woman who kidnaps him as a child in an attempt to regain her rightful place in the tribe.

Kicking Dog--the renegade Arapaho who rampages through the West scalping victims from Texas to Montana.

Marisol--the Mexican beauty who bears Caleb's children and wins his love.

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Nothing Caleb knew of could best his pocketknife. It was the first thing he had ever owned that he really wanted. Life and quack doctors had granted him plenty he didn’t want: measles, mumps, whooping cough, croup, cramp colic, flux, bilious fever. But when he clutched the double-bladed, bone-handled, tempered-steel pocketknife in his little fist, he felt retribution for all his past ills.
His mother looked into the door of the dugout. “Caleb, come out and get some sun now,” she said. “It will make you better.”
Better? He had never felt as well in his life.

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"Blakely writes with a beauty that rivals the Big Bend country or the Palo Duro at sunset." --Terry C. Johnston, author of the Plainsman series

"Shortgrass Song leaves me a bit stunned by its epic scope and the power of the writing. Excellent!" --Elmer Kelton, award-winning author of The Day the Cowboys Quit

"Blakely brings a fresh and wonderful new voice to the Western. Readers will hear more from him, and all of it will be good." --Norm Zollinger, Golden-Spur Award-winning author of Not of War Only

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About the Author

Mike Blakely

A native of Texas, Mike Blakely grew up working on the family ranch. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the former president of Western Writers of America and has taught fiction writing at numerous workshops nationwide. He is a winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel. Also a singer/songwriter, Blakely tours all over the U.S. and in Europe with his band and records his original songs on his own independent record label. He currently lives on his horse ranch near Marble Falls, Texas.

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Shortgrass Song
Mike Blakely

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
June 1995
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466836105
ISBN10: 1466836105
608 pages
$7.99

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
June 1995
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780812530292
ISBN10: 0812530292
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 608 pages
$7.99
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