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The Deliverance

The Deliverance

A Barnaby Skye Novel

Skye's West (Volume 13)

Richard S. Wheeler

Forge Books

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Barnaby Skye, the earthy deserter from the Royal Navy who has carved a career in the Rocky Mountains as a trapper, guide, and magnet for adventure, drifts south to Mexican territory with his Crow Indian wife, Many Quills Woman (or "Victoria," as he calls her), in this thirteenth and newest of the Skye chronicles.

At Bent's Fort on the Mexican frontier, the Skyes agree to help a mysterious Cheyenne woman, Standing Alone, locate her two children who were kidnapped by Ute Indians several years before and sold into bondage in Mexico. The mission, impossible, dangerous, and foolhardy to all Skye's friends, takes the three to Santa Fe and Taos and into a strange association with an eccentric, self-proclaimed Texas adventurer and filibuster, Colonel Childress, who agrees to help them for reasons no one can guess.

Childress has a wagon decorated with a Jolly Roger, an enormous Clydesdale horse, and a pet spider monkey named Shine, whose nimble talent for stealing food and performing for coins saves the lives of Skye and his party on several occasions.

But neither the colonel nor his simian can prevent the inevitable consequences of an uninvited foray into forbidden territory. The party is robbed and left naked in the desert by Apaches; Skye is taken prisoner and sentenced to hang; Childress seems to be a traitor but rescues Victoria and Standing Alone, and is determined to find Skye and free him from his captors.

The Deliverance is the thirteenth in a series of early American West frontier novels featuring Richard Wheeler's Barnaby Skye, the most beloved and enduring character in modern Western fiction.



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With the quickening of the grass, the Cheyenne woman came once again to Bent's Fort. Barnaby Skye saw her from a great distance, a small, blue-blanketed woman crouched in her usual spot...

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Praise for The Deliverance

“Skye is one of the most memorable figures in Western fiction since Max Brand's Destry.” —Tulsa World

“Wheeler's westerns just keep getting better and better.” —Publishers Weekly

“Well-loved western writer Wheeler takes a big grip on afflictions of the heart in each outing...” —Kirkus Reviews on Downriver

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About the author

Richard S. Wheeler

Richard S. Wheeler has written over fifty novels and several short stories. He has won four Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the field of western literature.

He lives in the literary and film community of Livingston, Montana, and is married to Professor Sue Hart, of Montana State University-Billings. Before turning to fiction he was a newsman and book editor. He has raised horses and been a wrangler at an Arizona dude ranch.

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