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Blood Song

Blood Song

The Battle at Powder River and the Beginning of the Great Sioux War of 1876

The Plainsmen Series (Volume 8)

Terry C. Johnston

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Blood Song
Terry C. Johnston

Frontier Scout Seamus Donegan is heading for Montana Territory with his new bride when war erupts in the Black Hills of Dakota. Sitting bull and Crazy horse have defied the federal Government and refused to lead the wild tribes of the Northern Plains onto the reservation, and Washington decides to end the Indian problem once and for all.

Donegan joins us with General George Cook who is leading the 2nd and 3rd Cavalry and a rough-and-tumble band of scouts and interpreters into the bloody battle. For Seamus Donegan and the men on the front lines, the long fight in the bitter cold of winter will be one of loneliness and fear--a struggle for survival that will not end, even with the swift and successful assault one the enemy stronghold. For in the ashes on the snow, in the fury of defeated warriors, the seeds are sown for a new and even bloodier chapter in the Indian Wars.


Praise for Blood Song

“Rich and fascinating…There is a genuine flavor of the period and of the men who made it what it was.” —Washington Post Book World

“The author's attention to detail and authenticity, coupled with his ability to spin a darned good yarn, makes it easy to see why Johnston is today's bestselling frontier novelist. He's one of a handful that truly knows the territory.” —Chicago Tribune

“Action-packed...lively, lusty, fascinating.” —Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph

“Johnston is a skilled storyteller whose words ring with desperation, confusion, and utter horror of a fight to the death between mortal enemies.” —Publishers Weekly

“Meticulously researched…genius.” —Rocky Mountain News

“Johnston [is] the great frontier historical novelist of his generation.” —Spur Award-winning author Paul Andrew Hutton, of Phil Sheridan and His Army

“Excellent...keep[s] readers in suspense.” —Fred Werner, noted Western historian

“Johnston can be considered the king of the Indian wars' fiction writers.” —John D. McDermott, author of A Guide to the Indian Wars of the West

“Memorable characters, a great deal of history and lore...and deep insight into human nature, Indian or white.” —Booklist

“Johnston's way of telling his story will capture your imagination!” —Guns & Ammo

“Gutsy adventure-entertainment...larded with just the right amounts of frontier sentiment.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Terry C. Johnston

Terry C. Johnston, born on the first day of 1947 on the plains of Kansas, lived his whole life in the American West. His first novel, Carry the Wind, won the Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award from the Western Writers of America, and his subsequent books have appeared on bestseller lists throughout the country.

Terry C. Johnston

Terry C. Johnston

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