The Owl Hunt
A Barnaby Skye NovelSkye's West (Volume 18)
Richard S. Wheeler
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.
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