The Canyon of Bones

Skye's West (Volume 15 of 19)

Richard S. Wheeler

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With the trapping trade on the decline, mountain man Barnaby Skye takes work as a guide, leading a wealthy Englishman, Graves Duplessis Mercer and two companions on an exploration of the Yellowstone and Missouri River valleys.
Mercer is a peculiar employer. He has come to the American wilderness seeking weird, morbid, thrilling, preferably slightly salacious, material to write up for British tabloids. He has little interest in such amazing natural phenomena as the geysers of the Yellowstone country but is adept in ferreting out stories of cannibalism and similar atrocities.
 
To the Briton’s disappointment, Skye has none of these to offer but does agree to take him to a Missouri River valley where gigantic bones of ancient monsters are thrust out of canyon walls. Skye’s Crow Indian wife, Victoria, warns that the bones are sacred among certain tribes, but Mercer insists of taking a "trophy" – a tooth from a tyrannosaurus-like fossil. This act nearly costs the lives of Mercer’s party and its guide, Barnaby Skye.
 
Wheeler’s Barnaby Skye, a deserter from the Royal Navy who becomes a legendary mountain man, has been called "the Horatio Hornblower of the Rocky Mountains."

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Chapter One

It was time to take another wife. Barnaby Skye had been thinking about it for a long time, and knew he could not put it off. White streaked his hair and the trimmed beard he wore these days. His youth was gone.

He wanted a child, a boy if God would give him one. All these years he had hoped. But Victoria was barren or maybe he was, who could say? He had no child and thus was the poorest of men.

A man without a child does not see far into the future or care about it; he can live only in the past or present, as Skye was doing more and more.

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"He is among the top living writers of Western historical novels -- if not the best."
-- Tulsa World on Masterson

"Wheeler’s westerns just keep getting better and better...Wheeler is a master of character and plot, and this novel showcases his talents at their peak."
-- Publishers Weekly on Downriver

"Wheeler is a master storyteller whose many tales of the Westward Movement...weave fact, fiction, and folklore into pure entertainment." -- Library Journal

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Richard S. Wheeler

Richard S. Wheeler is a five-time Spur Award winner from Western Writers of America and is the acclaimed author of such novels as The Fields of Eden, The Buffalo Commons, Aftershocks, Masterson, Eclipse, Exile, An Obituary for Major Reno, and the Barnaby Skye series.

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The Canyon of Bones
Richard S. Wheeler

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
January 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765351739
ISBN10: 0765351730
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 336 pages
$5.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
January 2008
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ISBN: 9781429928007
ISBN10: 142992800X
336 pages
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