Dance on the Wind: The Plainsmen

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In Dance on the Wind, we follow the coming of age of young Titus Bass as he drifts westward and is caught up in the powerful currents of the Mississippi River. From Louisville past the Chickasaw bluffs and the Natchez Trace all the way to New Orleans, he plunges into the rough-and-tumble life along the great river's banks: a volatile, violent country of riverboatmen and river bandits, knife fights and Indian raids, strong liquor and stronger women. But even as he works his way back upriver along the bustling ...
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In Dance on the Wind, we follow the coming of age of young Titus Bass as he drifts westward and is caught up in the powerful currents of the Mississippi River. From Louisville past the Chickasaw bluffs and the Natchez Trace all the way to New Orleans, he plunges into the rough-and-tumble life along the great river's banks: a volatile, violent country of riverboatmen and river bandits, knife fights and Indian raids, strong liquor and stronger women. But even as he works his way back upriver along the bustling wharves of St. Louis, Titus feels destiny beckoning him to plunge into an even wilder, more vast frontier. Beyond St. Louis stretches the lonely, unexplored expanse of the Great Plains, and it is here that Titus Bass will set his sights. Like America itself, Titus looks west and sees the future ... and he's willing to risk everything to seize it.

Bestselling frontier novelist Terry Johnston resurrects one of his most popular characters, Titus "Scratch" Bass, the grizzled hero from the award-winning novel, Carry the Wind, in a story that explores the mountain man's life as a young man in Kentucky and St. Louis.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fourth in Johnston's series of historicals about mountain man Titus Bass (after One-Eyed Dream), this entry goes back to Titus's youth, in the early 1800s. The opening pages, covering the future legend's years as a Kentucky farmboy, move slowly as Titus debates whether to run away from home. The story picks up speed, plot and action when, restless and hungry for adventure at age 16, he finally does, joining the jolly crew of a flatboat carrying cargo from Cincinnati to New Orleans, a dangerous 1000-mile trip down the majestic Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Handy with a long rifle, pistol and knife, Titus survives Indian attacks, barroom brawls and highway robbery, leaving few opponents upright. When not slugging, shooting and stabbing, he expends his remaining teenage energy as a randy-and not too particular-backwoods Lothario. After his successful trip downriver, Titus still dreams of going west to see the far mountains, plains and buffalo. Then, abruptly, Johnston puts the brake on the pace and rhythm of his story by having his hero languish in St. Louis as a blacksmith until he is 30. The novel's final hundred pages are as dull as the first hundred, as Titus makes horseshoes, gets drunk and listens to others tell tales of the mysterious West. Still, the historical and geographic descriptions are vivid, as are the many hearty and colorful characters. Hopefully, the next Titus Bass book will find both the mountain man and his creator busy with the action that each handles so well. (Sept.)
Wes Lukowsky
One of frontier novelist Johnston's most popular characters has been Titus Bass, the protagonist of a trilogy that began with "Carry the Wind" (1982). Here, in the first installment of a new series, we move backward in time to Bass' youth. It's 1810, and young Titus feels the age-old pressure to honor the family vocation--in his case, farming--but the prospect of life behind a mule makes the young man queasy. Finally, faced with an angry father who can't tolerate his son's dreamin' ways, the 17-year-old Titus sets out for the horizon. After joining up with a group of river rats, Titus quickly finds the adventure he seeks but along with it comes the sobering realization that on the frontier your friends can get hurt and even die. Johnston is a deservedly popular western author whose appeal lies not so much in the adventures he dramatizes as in the depth of his characters. They love, grieve, laugh, and feel guilt, anger, and jealousy. They're real people, not just providers of vicarious thrills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553572810
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: Titus Bass Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 485,649
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    T Johnston has developed a variety of wonderful characters and rotton characters you love to hate in his series devoted to main characterTitus Bass If your interested in the wilderness and the age of the mountain man, then this is a must

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

    There were times that I thought this book was a little bit of a

    There were times that I thought this book was a little bit of a romance and also a little "bawdy" and romance books aren't my thing.
     That somehow didn't keep me from reading all of it.  I was surprised by the content of his book because I knew the age of many of
     his readers and that many people would think of his books as westerns or historical fiction.  But you know...I think this is a very good
     picture of a young boy growing up and wanting to follow his dreams and finding out how very hard that is to do at times.
      And wow, if you really like to learn about history, this is fun.  Every time I read something and thought "can that really be where that
     happened", I looked it up and it was true.  Not a quick read but definitely a good one.

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