Winter Rain

Winter Rain

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by Terry C. Johnston
     
 

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Jonah Hook was a man who had lost everything a  man could lose—but the iron will to reclaim what  had been taken from him. Now he must confront the  fiery religious heretic who has enslaved his wife  and the fierce Comanche tribe who has raised his  long-lost sons. From Fort Laramie, land of

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Jonah Hook was a man who had lost everything a  man could lose—but the iron will to reclaim what  had been taken from him. Now he must confront the  fiery religious heretic who has enslaved his wife  and the fierce Comanche tribe who has raised his  long-lost sons. From Fort Laramie, land of Sioux  and Cheyenne, to the empire of the Mormons in the  shadow of tall mountains, and on to the Texas  panhandle, where he will join the ranks of the Texas  Rangers, the journey ahead will test Jonah's courage,  cunning, and endurance to the limit. On this  bloody trail of rescue and revenge, nothing will stop  him save success . . . or death.

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"Terry C.  Johnston's powerful narrative hives his characters  blood, sinew, and bone. More than that, he gives  them soul."—Robert Vaughan, author of The  American Chronicles.

"In  Winter Rain, Terry Johnston  combines brutal realism with a romantic perception of the  Old West. The result is a gripping  story."—Richard S. Wheeler, author of The Two Medicine   River

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jonah Hook, hero of Johnston's previous novel Carry the Wind , reappears in an atmospheric but unpleasant tale of his hard times in the years following the Civil War. Returning home to Missouri after a stint in a Yankee prison camp and service in the Indian wars out West, the former Confederate finds that his wife Gritta, their daughter Hattie and two sons have been kidnapped by raiders. He begins a seven-year quest, reminiscent of John Ford's epic film The Searchers , to find his family. Gritta has become the personal property of a renegade Mormon freebooter whose followers sexually assault her boys, Zeke and Jeremiah, before selling them to Mexican comancheros; Hattie's whereabouts are unknown. Told in a flashback from 1908, when the aged Jonah recounts his ordeal to a newspaper reporter, the narrative follows him as he recovers Hattie and one of the boys. In the final chapter, Jonah promises the journalist a sequel relating his reunion with Gritta. Johnston has a good sense of place and a fine knowledge of history, but his writing is sloppy, and he indulges in far too many scenes of graphic violence and smarmily described sex. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553567700
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Series:
Jonas Hook Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
414,591
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 4.18(h) x 1.20(d)

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