Fourth generation land and cattle, Reid Lance Rosenthal's cowboy heart and poet's pen captures the energy of the West, the spirit of America, and the courage, passions and romance of generations of settlers. His writings are inspired by his long-standing devotion to wild and remote places and the people who leave their legend and footprint upon the American West.
Uncompahgre: where water turns rock redby Reid Lance Rosenthal
Uncompahgre-where water turns rock red is the third book of the #1 bestselling, Threads West, An American Saga series, recipient of fifteen National Awards--Best Historical Fiction, Best Romance and Best Western! Compared by reviewers, authors and/em>/em>
The Adventure and Romance of the America, her people, her spirit, and the West. This is our story.
Uncompahgre-where water turns rock red is the third book of the #1 bestselling, Threads West, An American Saga series, recipient of fifteen National Awards--Best Historical Fiction, Best Romance and Best Western! Compared by reviewers, authors and readers alike to Lonesome Dove, Centennial, and L'Amour. Called by some the Gone with the Wind of the West, and applauded by others as rings true and poignant, as authentic and moving as Dances with Wolves.
In Uncompahgre, the time nears when the first of the next generation of Threads West characters will be born of the brave men and courageous women who have come so far and risked all. The men and women of the saga, having reached their initial destination, pre-Denver, Cherry Creek, are each faced with life-altering decisions. Some must decide to pursue or abandon torrid love affairs that have flowered on the dangerous journey from Europe and across America. Their lives shaken by events they could not foresee and convergence with souls they could never image, they begin to build a nation that's essence is in transition. They have neither country nor culture in common but their dreams and survival demand a tension filled emergence stitched by fate and history. The Oglala Sioux family struggles to cope with the inevitable change casting shadows upon their lands, culture and scared traditions. The elderly slave couple, and the renegade and his young, traumatized captive introduced in Maps of Fate, are bound ever more tightly to the arc of the story-their tragedy and triumph-filed tales weaving into the fabric of a collective destiny, the black-hearted captor unknowingly catapulted by his tortured past into possible redemption. Mormons stream west in the Great Exodus escaping persecution and searching for Zion. Driven north by the Texas Rangers, an outlaw vaquero with royal blood quests for a new sense of self and place.
The touchstones of the past are the guideposts to the future. Uncompahgre-where water turns rock red, is the continuation of this tale of America, her people and the West-new lineages join the many threads of uncommon cultures, differing origins and competing ambitions that entwine into the American spirit. Lives and generations are woven on the loom of history, propelled by fate and freedom to form the tapestry that becomes the whole cloth of the nation. It is uniquely American, this meld of the mosaic.
You will recognize the characters who live in these pages.
They are the ancestors of your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your family.
They are you. They are us.
This is not only their story. It is our story.
It is Threads West, An American Saga. In Book Four, Moccasin Tracks, releasing in 2014, the fires of future deadly tumult between the states has begun to sweep west. The Threads West characters who have journeyed so far race against an early, foreboding winter to establish their homestead, some preoccupied with the serious complications of their pregnancies, others compelled to follow the call of a separate path, but all united to fend off ever-present danger. The resolution of the Indian Problem is evolving. It will leave families and hearts broken, forever staining the pages of American history.
The decades of the Maps of Fate era novels of Threads West book series become the crucible of the souls of generations, the building of the heart of the nation, the destiny of a people, and the relentless energy and beauty of the western landscape. This is the ongoing story of us.
Set in authentic locations on three continents and in the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the life threads of the characters -- whose personalities are forged on the anvil of the land and shaped by the spirit of America -- live, love, struggle, die, fail and succeed. The textured, complex and conflicted lives of these five generations of diverse, independent men and women become part of the fabric of the undulating landscape of the West, and are woven into the rich and adventurous tapestry of an emerging nation and the ever evolving American spirit.
The adventure and romance of America, her people, her spirit and the West. This is our story.
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Last three words. There was a time during the early planning stages of the Threads West series when the author considered writing this story in six installments. If he had continued on that course, then this third book would have been the one to mark the half-way point of the Threads West series. Hard to believe, if you have read books one and two, that it could ever be possible to write this series in just six installments. But somewhere along the way, the story whispered unforgettable secrets into the author’s ear exposing the depth and breadth of its incredible, fascinating tale and a saga was born. What Rosenthal has produced with Uncompahgre, is nothing short of cerebral bliss! You will feel as if you are standing right next to the characters, listening to their conversations, feeling their emotions, or experiencing nature’s palpable energy and incredible beauty as only Rosenthal can describe. With book three, the story becomes even more captivating. New characters add unexpected and sometimes sudden twists and turns to the lives of the men and women we have come to know in books one and two. And Rosenthal masterfully takes and places us alongside these men and women, so we may join them as they continue on their remarkable and inspiring journey. This is a beautiful story that chose the perfect writer. And I am thrilled that the writer chose to end Uncompahgre with these last three words, “To be continued…”
Great read, couldn't put it down but wasn't surprised for the first 2 were excellent! Reid takes you on a journey of these character thru the west to their new homeland. I felt like I was on their journey and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
With each new book the story unfolds with a new richness of color, illuminating the characters and landscape in a way that you are there by the campfire or riding over the next vista seeing the snow covered peaks beyond.
What a great read, I can't wait till the fourth book, the romance, the new characters, and what is to come! I can't wait to see what happens to Reuben & Rebecca, will the Oglala Sioux play. Part in there lives, and on my, What is Sara thinking, she needs a very strong smart man like Zeb, will Johannes find someone again, will they All be together in the end?