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The Plainsmen Series

Known for his keen historical accuracy, author Terry C. Johnston’s astonishing retelling of the battle of the American West between Native Americans and the U.S. cavalry begins with Sioux Dawn, a reimagining of the Fetterman Massacre of 1866. Johnston’s compelling fictional hero of The Plainsmen Series, Sergeant Seamus Donegan, blends seamlessly with real-life warriors and peacemakers of famous historical battles, from the legendary Crazy Horse to General Custer and his epic last stand at Little Bighorn. A riveting portrayal of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, the author’s “attention to detail and authenticity,” according to the Chicago Tribune, “makes it easy to see why Johnston is today’s bestselling frontier novelist.”

  • Turn the Stars Upside Down
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    • Turn the Stars Upside Down

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 16)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • Turn the Stars Upside Down is the compelling and little-known story of Crazy Horse's surrender in 1877 only months after his last fight with the U.S. Army at Battle Butte, his futile attempts...

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  • Lay the Mountains Low
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    • Lay the Mountains Low

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 15)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • LAY THE MOUNTAINS LOW
      Terry C. Johnston

      In the summer of 1877, in a place called White Bird Canyon, Nez Perce warriors delivered a stunning blow to the First Cavalry—the...

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  • Cries from the Earth
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    • Cries from the Earth

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 14)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • Cries from the Earth
      Terry C. Johnston

      By mid-1877, trouble in the Northwest is brewing like a foul broth. Ill will is growing between white settlers and the Non-Treaty bands...

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  • Ashes of Heaven
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    • Ashes of Heaven

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 13)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • Ashes of Heaven
      Terry C. Johnston

      The U.S. Army's goal: to wipe out the remnants of scattered, starving people on the frontier's Northern Plain. But before Colonel Nelson...

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  • Blood Song
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    • Blood Song

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 8)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • 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...

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  • Dying Thunder
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    • Dying Thunder

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 7)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • Dying Thunder
      Terry Johnston

      Newly freed from service with the 10th Cavalry, Seamus Donegan joins a party of buffalo hunters as they follow the shrinking herds into the ancient...

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  • Shadow Riders
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    • Shadow Riders

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 6)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • Chief White Bear and his Kiowa tribe would accept no more broken promises from the white man, so they left the Indian Territory reservations and crossed the Red River to the south. But heir last...

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  • Devil's Backbone
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    • Devil's Backbone

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 5)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • Devil's Backbone

      Terry C. Johnston


      The Modoc Indians and American officials had been flirting with war in the Oregon Territory for some time. When Modoc chief Keintpoos...

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  • Black Sun
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    • Black Sun

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 4)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • Black Sun

      Terry C. Johnston


      No one captures the glory, adventure and drama of the courageous men and women who tamped the American West like award-winning author...

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  • The Stalkers
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    • The Stalkers

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 3)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • No one captures the glory, adventure and drama of the courageous men and women who tamed the American West like award-winning author Terry Johnston. His Plainsmen series brims with colorful characters,...

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  • Red Cloud's Revenge
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    • Red Cloud's Revenge

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 2)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • Seven month of small reprisals since the Fetterman massacre had passed. Sergeant Seamus Donegan of the Army of the West had witnessed proud leaders--both Indian and White--steel themselves for the...

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  • Sioux Dawn
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    • Sioux Dawn

    • The Plainsmen Series (Volume 1)
      Terry C. Johnston
      St. Martin's Press

    • No one captures the glory, adventure and drama of the courageous men and women who tamed the America West like award-winning author Terry Johnston. His Plainsmen series brims with colorful characters,...

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Terry C. Johnston

Terry C. Johnston was born on the first day of 1947 on the plains of Kansas, and has lived all his 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. He lives and writes in Big Sky country near Billings, Montana.

Terry C. Johnston