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Virgin River

Virgin River

A Barnaby Skye Novel

Skye's West (Volume 16)

Richard S. Wheeler

Forge Books



This is the sixteenth novel in Richard S. Wheeler's long-running series about Barnaby Skye, the British seaman who carves out an amazing life for himself in the North American Wilderness, along with his wives and his ugly, cantankerous horse, Jawbone.

In Virgin River, the famed mountain man and his two wives, Victoria of the Crows and Mary of the Shoshones, take a party of tubercular young people to the southwestern desert where they hope to be healed. Their destination is the Virgin River, where the mild, dry climate offers a cure. This time, Skye and his wives must cope with rival guides and cross Utah at the time of heightened tensions between the federal government and the Latter-Day Saints.

Skye soon discovers that other wagon companies on the trail fear the sick and blame them for every ill that overtakes their own companies. Taking a party of sick people along the California trail requires every bit of skill and courage that Skye and his wives can muster. And hovering over the trip is the looming catastrophe of war.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Chapter 1

Smoke hung in the air, and Barnaby Skye took it for a sign. Somewhere on this day of birth the mountaintops were burning. Freshets of chill air brought the scent to him, though he knew of no fire and the season was very late.


Praise for Virgin River

“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


Reviews from Goodreads

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.

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Richard S. Wheeler

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