Michelle Tanner and Nathan Meeker are joined by the Harvard educated Cherokee Indian, Buffalo Head, as they journey to Denver City. Their sojourn is interrupted by a deadly encounter with a trio of confederate deserters. Desperate hardened men who are plundering their way across the Kansas plains with murder on their minds. Michelle's grit is tested in Part Two of this hard hitting continuation of the Michelle Tanner – Going West series.
About the Author
Ron Lewis has had a life long interest and love of both history and westerns. Blending fact and fiction together, mixing real characters and those created from whole cloth, his stories are his views of the old west of the 19th century. Mr. Lewis’s roots in Oklahoma reach back to the 19th century when is his great-grandfather John moved though the Indian territories, and eventually Oklahoma territory yearly. He operated a traveling musical group who sold a panacea concoction most often called “Snake Oil.” Eventually his grandfather, John Henry, settled in the Winding Stair Mountains of eastern Oklahoma, very near to Robbers Cave. John Henry worked for a mining company as an elevator operator. His grandfather was well known and all who knew him knew his credo in life. “I don’t want to be higher than picking corn or lower than digging potatoes.” Hearing stories from his father, uncles and grandfather about life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries kindled a love for those bygone days. Many of these stories are the basis for his writing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A refreshing change from the standard western and yet it still has the ring of authenticity. This second story in a series hooked me, a sad account of one the main character’s previous adventures. There’s a convincing portrayal of the hardships of life on the rugged, wilderness of the Kansas prairie of the 1860’s. A deadly encounter with a group of travelers with the Deserters of the title. Along with a rousing chase on horseback and gun battle between the good guys (well guy and gal) and the bad men. It feels like I see the events as they are told. The wording, the sprinkling of authentic old west slang, all make it feel so real. These people are full and believable, and the story isn’t overblown. The writer doesn’t try to make the story a modern adventure set in the old west. The story retains the feel of how it would have been, or maybe how it should have. I was hooked when I read the first story, now more so and ready for the rest of the series. Honestly, where has this author been hiding? Now, on to the next chapter for me! MD
I purchased this story after reading the first in the series “Ambush at Kansas City” which was free. I enjoyed the first one so much I had no problem buying this one. I was not disappointed the adventure continues – complete with dastardly deeds and a desperate chase. While these are staples of the Western genre, it is handled in a unique manner. There is a heart-wrenching account of one of America’s darkest deeds of the nineteenth century. The character of the “Old Indian” in the first story comes to the center of attention as he recalls “Trail of Tears.” His ordeal revealed in a campfire chat at night. The deserters themselves are three desperate men, Confederate Army renegades on a murderous spree in central Kansas. I’m new to this writer but not westerns, I put these two stories up there with any other short stories in this category. I find these stories to be well worth the read.