With the end of the beaver trade at hand, free trappers like Titus Bass must somehow make their way on a changing frontier. Drawn by the promise of adventure and wealth, Bass joins an expedition to Spanish California, where the ranchos have horses and mules in abundance. Their plan is to steal the livestock and drive it back east across the great Mojave Desert to sell to fur traders for top dollar. But pursuit by formidable Mexican soldiers and an attack by fierce Digger Indians take their toll on Bass and his fellow raiders.
Arriving back in the Rockies, the mountain man discovers that even the famous Jim Bridger has abandoned trapping and settled down to trade with overland immigrants plying the Oregon Trail. Wondering where his own trail will lead him, Bass journeys south for a reunion with an old friend in Taos-only to be caught up in the "Taos Rebellion." And in its tragic aftermath, Titus finds himself once again an outsider in a world he no longer recognizes.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.17(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.29(d)|
About the Author
Terry C. Johnston is recognized as a master of the American historical novel. His grand adventures of the American West combine the grace and beauty of a natural storyteller with complete dedication to historical accuracy and authenticity. Johnston was born on the first day of 1947 on the plains of Kansas, and lived all his life in the American West. His first novel, Carry the Wind, won the Medicine Pipe Bearer Award from the Western Writers of America, and his subsequent books have appeared on bestseller lists throughout the country. After writing more than thirty novels, he died in March 2001 in Millings, Montana.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just read about titus bass in death rattle. It was awesome!! I was never one to like books about older days like 1800's but i love this book!! I am grateful for these books they have taught me alot of different things and they take you to a different time!! Thank you for having these books available for purchase!!
This is one long book but I have to say there was not too much I didn't love. He had me catching my breath in battles that I would never even care to read. That means he has to be as descriptive as real life doesn't it? You do need a familiarity of Titus Bass and his early life to enjoy this and I think (my opinion only) there are some times that Terry Johnston puts his own opinion in here about how various cultures were treated and so forth, but maybe not...maybe it was how Titus thought...see I am already thinking of Titus Bass as a real person!