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The Owl Hunt

A Barnaby Skye Novel

Skye's West (Volume 18)

Richard S. Wheeler

Forge Books

The latest in the long-running tale of the beloved mountain man, Barnaby Skye, occurs early in the history of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, where Skye’s mixed-blood son, Dirk, teaches school.  A total eclipse of the sun panics the Shoshones, and leads a dour fifteen-year-old boy to rename himself Owl, the most dreaded of all totemic birds. He begins to stir discontent, teaching a doctrine of freedom from white men, and giving the Shoshones a new dance.
 
Owl takes his vision of returning to the old ways, free of reservation life, to the people. The Indian agent and soldiers react violently, see insurrection and subversion in it.  Dirk, his own two bloods warring, tries to mediate and only alienates the army, the Indian Bureau, and the Shoshones.
 
But only Dirk Skye can prevent a massacre.

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That afternoon of July 29, 1878, was exactly like a thousand others that Dirk Skye had experienced, except that the light was dying. He glanced out the schoolhouse window and saw nothing amiss. There were no clouds.
He returned to his lessons. This day he had seven students in his Wind River Reservation school. Some days he had two or three. Other days he had a dozen. They sat at their desks staring at him in the deepening dusk. There must be a towering storm off somewhere, throttling the light, he thought.
He never knew who would attend. This was a good day, actually. In
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Praise for The Owl Hunt

"An exciting, suspenseful story with Barnaby once more facing stronger odds than any man should, but no one should count this unlikely mountain man out."--Roundup Magazine on The Fire Arrow
 
"Based on the author's considerable knowledge of the early West and driven by memorable characters, The Fire Arrow is a deftly written story of personal integrity and love."--The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News on The Fire Arrow
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Richard S. Wheeler

  • RICHARD S. WHEELER is the author of over fifty novels of the American West. He holds five Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime contributions to the literature of the West. He lives in Livingston, Montana, near Yellowstone Park, and is married to Sue Hart, an English professor at Montana State University in Billings.
  • Richard S. Wheeler Larry Mayer
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The Owl Hunt

A Barnaby Skye Novel

Skye's West

Richard S. Wheeler

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