It has been eleven years since Daniel McQueen fled his father’s blacksmith shop to find his way in the North American wilderness. A strapping young adventurer, as quick to duel as he is to sweep a barmaid off her feet, McQueen thrives in the untamed new continent. But on a trip through Montreal, he learns his father has been arrested, consigned to a Boston prison ship for selling guns to the American revolutionaries. A British major offers to spare McQueen’s father in exchange for a simple request: kill George Washington, leader of the rebel troops.
For the sake of his father, this lone wolf is forced to choose sides. The love of a stunning patriot turns his heart toward rebellion. No matter what, Daniel McQueen will be a traitor. But to which side?
Joel Ryan returns from the Civil War with grey hair and a weary heart, but he finds no rest in Kentucky. Turned away by a brother who still blames Joel for abandoning the family to fight for the Confederate cause, Joel rides west, searching for peace in the untamed wilderness of Montana. Instead, against all odds, he finds love.
When he sees the gang of thugs tormenting the young Cheyenne beauty, Joel risks his life to save her. Her name is Mourning Dove, and he has only known her for a few hours when he begins to fall in love. Joel believes he has finally found a chance for happiness, but when tragedy strikes his budding family, he realizes he will never be at peace until he can quiet the rage that fills his heart. To save himself, Joel trades love for revenge, and rides west once more.
For generations, the Sandcrane men have served their tribe as the keepers of the Sacred Arrows. When the time comes for Seth Sandcrane to pass the responsibility on to his son Tom, he waits with pride for his son to assume his place among the elders of the tribe. But Tom wants nothing to do with Sacred Arrows, ancient traditions, and the mystical heritage of the Cheyenne. It is 1896; the nation is growing, and Tom wants a place in the white man’s world.
He takes a job in the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a go-between for the government and the Cheyenne. When bureaucratic treachery forces Tom to become an outlaw, he must flee the land of his birth. As America teeters on the brink of the Spanish-American War, Tom Sandcrane will learn to fight—not with sacred arrows, but with a Colt .38.
Now Anthem must turn away from his empire and ride against his sworn enemy. And when he does, he will not be alone. Because when fate and outlaws take on the Anthems, a wounded family will come together--as good men and brave women are willing to fight and die for honor, justice, and the future of their land...
At the Bonnet Ranch they thought Johnny Anthem had died on the Mexican border. But then Anthem came home, escaped from the living hell of a Mexican prison, and returned to find the woman he loved married to the man who betrayed him. For Johnny Anthem, the time had come to face his betrayer, to stand up to the powerful rancher who had raised him as his own son, and to fight for the only love of his life. And when the battle between Anthem and the Bonnet started shaking the blood-stained hills of the mescalero country, good men and bad would choose sides, and a new legend would be born...
Texas Anthem is Kerry Newcomb's epic novel of family, fortune, murder and love, as a young man is driven from his adopted home-to find his soul and his future in a place called Texas...
Born in the Welsh countryside in 1655, Henry Morgan is captured as a youth by Spanish raiders and carried off to Santiago de Cuba to a life of cruel servitude. Grown to manhood and unbowed by the slaver's whip, Morgan eventually escapes, stealing a prison ship and rescuing a crew of hardened freebooters in the process. With vengeance in his heart, Morgan sets out to harry the Dons. Before long, the turquoise waters of the Spanish Main run red with blood. No Spanish treasure ship or guarded port is safe--he is Captain Henry Morgan, "El Tigre de Caribe", the most feared buccaneer alive and an imposing figure of dread throughout the Caribbean.
In a rousing adventure that culminates in Morgan's infamous and bloody conquest of the supposedly impregnable Spanish port of Panama City, Mad Morgan unfolds at a breathtaking pace. Rich with stunning detail, violence, passion and revenge this is a pirate tale that will captivate every armchair adventurer until the last, thrilling page is turned.
New Orleans, September 1829. Brothers William and Samuel Wallace board a ship for Mexico with bold visions of wealth and adventure in a new land. But a fool for a captain and a vicious storm land the two on the shores of Mexico, clinging for dear life. And soon a brutal band of freebooters attack the brothers, murdering Samuel in front of William's very eyes. From this day on, William's life has irrevocably changed course-his every waking moment is devoted to exacting bloody revenge upon his brother's killers. This haunting quest will take Wallace from the sun-baked streets of Vera Cruz to the mist-laden bayous of Texas, where his sharp steel blades and burning hatred will earn him the name that strikes fear in the hearts of his enemies...The Red Ripper.
While the Anthem family was building a ranching empire in Texas, Cole Athem was proving himself in war. Now Cole is a man in a 17-year-old's body, using his cunning and skill to make living bounty hunting in Arkansas--until Cole hunts down a half-breed renegade called the Osage Kid.
The town of Teardrop believes the Kid committed a sting of vicious murders. But Cole knows he didn't--and suddenly he and his prisoner are launched into a manhunt for a murderer. With Teardrop swirling with rumor, intrigue, and more than one pretty woman with a plan, the teenage bounty hunter and the wily outlaw are searching the wild Ozarks for something more veil than a killer--and more dangerous than any man...
The powerful third novel in Kerry Newcomb's acclaimed Anthem series is a classic novel of law, lawlessness and courage on the American frontier.
While their family’s wagon train stops for a rest, Jacob Milam goes hunting with his younger brother, Tom. They are hoping for a rabbit, a deer, or even a buffalo, but they haven’t managed to catch anything bigger than a rattlesnake when they see the Indian raiding party galloping over the plains. Jacob races back to camp, desperate to warn his parents, but it is already too late. Betrayed by their Indian guide, the settlers have been slaughtered. Jacob and Tom are the only survivors.
When the Indian guide kidnaps Tom to raise him as a warrior, Jacob is left to wander the plains. Rescued by a shaman, he is initiated into the mystical rites of the Blackfeet people. As they come of age in an unfamiliar land, Jacob and Tom are finally reunited in an unlikely place: the killing fields of the Old West.
Geronimo himself hears the baby crying in the burned-out campsite, surrounded by the bodies of the boy’s family. Even as an infant, Mickey Free is too strong to die. For thirteen years, this white child is raised as an Apache, learning the ways of the greatest warriors to ever mount a horse, and taking their cause as his own. When he turns thirteen, Mickey attempts the Run of the Arrow, a warrior’s ordeal that takes him across miles of desert wasteland with nothing but a mouthful of water to sustain him. Though he doesn’t know it when he starts his journey, Mickey will be running for years to come.
Betrayed by one whom he trusted most, this blue-eyed Apache is forced out of the tribe and into the uniform of the US Army. As a scout, he will become a legend, and a terror to those who once called him brother.
The party of young Cheyenne warriors is returning home from a successful hunt when their leader, Panther Burn, spies a wayward Creek scout. Hungry for the prestige of battle, he chases the Creek into the woods, dragging his fellow warriors straight into an ambush. Two die, and for his impulsiveness, Panther Burn is banished from the tribe. But his legend does not end there.
He takes shelter with the Southern Cheyenne, and finds that their attempts at modernization amount to an abandonment of tradition and enslavement to the white man. Over the next decades, the United States will try to herd the Cheyenne into reservations and destroy their way of life, and Panther Burn will become their champion. Although his battle with the Creek ended in disgrace, this warrior will find glory at last.
Karen Hampton comes to Washington, DC, from New York City to celebrate the end of the Civil War. For weeks she dances, dines, and drinks, until all the parties and receptions have blurred together. By the end of the season, she has accomplished what every debutante is after: betrothal to an up-and-coming politician. But Karen is not satisfied with her prize. She intends to marry for love, and there is but one man in Washington who can move her heart.
She first meets him under the dome of the Capitol, and then sees him again while bathing on the banks of the river. He is Vance Paxton, an upstart Texas representative whose copper skin and frontier clothes mark him as more than a creature of the Beltway. His love will carry her away from Washington to one of the last great battles of the American West, where Karen Hampton will learn what it means to live.
For two weeks, Titus has been running. He is so tired and so hungry that part of him yearns to stop and throw himself on the mercy of the dogs. But he knows what happens to runaway slaves, so he presses on until he reaches a Union army camp. He sneaks into the cook tent and is about to help himself to some soup when the cook catches him. Soup is only for soldiers, he tells Titus—so Titus joins up.
Four years later, the war is over and Titus is a corporal, with calloused hands and a heart toughened by battle. He gets a commission to return to Shannon, the county where he was born a slave, to act as the lawman for the reconstructed South. But the people of the plantation will accept no rule from a black man—which means that Titus Gamble’s war is not over yet.
Texas-born Cole Anthem was the bounty hunter. He had followed an outlaw right into the middle of a major Indian uprising and a battle that turned into a slaughter. Now Cole and the other survivors of a raging Cheyenne war are taking the only chance they have: riding a woman's keelboat toward safety. But up and down the Rogue, a glory-mad chief hasn't given up. His warriors are armed and waiting--to spill the white men's blood...
After years of battling the pirates of the Barbary Coast, Kit McQueen is shipwrecked on his return voyage before washing ashore in the steamy jungle of Spanish Florida, where the Spanish capture him and sentence him to death. On the morning of his execution, a Choctaw army storms the Spanish camp, led by the fearsome Iron Hand O’Keefe, an Irishman who has thrown in with the Indians. He saves McQueen’s life, returning him to the United States to fight a new war.
Pressed into the service of his young nation, Kit is sent to the last place he wanted to go: back to Indian country. His commitment to the cause wavers when he is given an order he cannot bear to fulfill—hunting down the Irish traitor who once saved his life.
Doña Anabel Cordero gallops across the moonlit desert, a tribe of Comanche warriors at her heels. She is the daughter of the country’s greatest bandit, who was cut down by the Texas Rangers against whom Doña Anabel has sworn vengeance, and the Comanche do not scare her. But when a well-meaning soldier, Ben McQueen, mistakes her for a damsel on a runaway horse and slows her mount, the warriors surround them. With McQueen’s help, Doña Anabel escapes the Comanche . . . but their fight is just beginning.
A savage cult roams the moonlit desert, exacting terrible vengeance on all who cross their path. With the help of a fearless Ranger named Snake Eye, McQueen sets out to bring order to the frontier. But when Doña Anabel’s cause runs up against his own, McQueen will have to choose between his country and the woman he loves.
The first arrow should have killed the buffalo. But the massive bull keeps charging, and Lost Eyes watches, helpless, as the young warrior known as Waiting Horse is gored to death. As punishment for this tragic accident, Lost Eyes is exiled from his small Blackfoot tribe on the edge of the Elkhorn Creek—cursed to spend his days wandering the plains, forever remembering the hunt that changed his life.
Halfway around the globe, merchant captain Morgan Penmerry watches in horror as his ship burns in Macao harbor. Ruined, he attempts a daring return to the Americas to build his fortune anew. There he crosses paths with Lost Eyes—a fellow wanderer who, like the captain, understands the pains of banishment. Together, these unlikely partners will find a place in the frontier and form a bond that no tragedy can tear asunder.
Adriana was only a child when she watched her parents die. As hateful villagers attacked her family’s camp, Adriana’s brother Giuseppe carried her into the woods. He told her to close her eyes, but she watched the carnage, and the memory has stayed with her ever since. Now a young woman, she is on the verge of choosing a husband when her life is again turned upside down. At a quiet English village fair, Adriana is telling fortunes when one of the local nobility attempts to have his way with her. Giuseppe is killed while defending her honor, and Adriana vows revenge.
England offers no justice for Gypsies, and so Adriana must take her vengeance in blood. When her plot against her brother’s killer fails, she is forced to flee to the New World, where she will encounter a passion greater than any she has ever known.
Rafe is well over six feet of muscle, with a warrior’s body marred by only one scar. Long ago, this slave’s owner promised him that if he won fifty fights in the pit—fights to the death against men of all colors—he would be granted his freedom. In his first fight, Rafe slipped, and his opponent cut his side. The pain showed him his true purpose. Since then, he has never lost a fight, and he has never again been cut.
Rafe has only eight fights left before he can claim his reward, but Ezra Clayton is not certain he wants to free the greatest gladiator the South has ever known. As the deadline draws near and the blood continues to flow, Rafe knows that if his freedom is denied, he will have to take it, as he has taken so many lives: with his two bare hands.
His name is Maguire. Half Mexican, half Irish, he is equally at home at a society ball, at a cockfight, and on the driest plains of the Southern desert. Once he was an orphan, taken in by a Texas family that raised him until he was old enough to make his way in the world. He became a mercenary, battling his way across the South Pacific until disease and injury forced him home. There he reconnected with the lady of the house, Corinne, beginning an affair that destroyed her husband and forced Maguire back into the wilderness.
Twelve years later, he is a notorious adventurer, known as one of the most dangerous men in Mexico, and Corinne cannot get him off her mind. Accompanied by an American reporter, she ventures south to find the man she loved—a quest that will sweep her off her feet all over again.
Raised on the tiny isle of Mysteré, Marie Ravenne has spent her youth swimming in crystal-blue water, eating fresh fish, and listening to stories of the days when her home was a haven for pirates. In her seventeenth year, that all comes to an end. The Spanish sack Mysteré, slaughtering Marie’s family and burning their crops. She and the other survivors are cast out in a rickety boat to take their chances on the high seas. For her companions, it is the end, but for Marie, the adventure is just beginning.
Rescued by an English lord, she is taken to London, where she tries to make sense of a country whose customs are entirely foreign to her. Here she meets Jason Paxton, a daring rake who will lead her back to the ocean, to take her place upon the waves.
Isabella is on her way to bury her husband when the Comanche attack. Already half-mad from grief, she tumbles into delirium after the first wave of the assault, raving as her servant, the freed slave Zion, fights off the Indians with his shotgun. As the ammunition runs low, Zion prays for a miracle. He gets Ben McQueen.
His memory gone, his body weary, McQueen has nothing to remind him of his past but the medal that hangs around his neck—a token that George Washington gave to Ben’s grandfather. McQueen may not remember who he is, he still knows how to fight. With his help, Zion and Isabella may be able to escape the Comanche. But it will take more than a lucky medal for this unlikely trio to escape Mexico alive.
At seventy-one, the Wind River Kid is a kid no longer. In the last days of the Old West, he was feared in gambling halls across the country, a hard-nosed card shark who didn’t mind killing to prove a point. When he had gotten his fill of violence, he moved back to Elkhorn, a lonely mountain town that died bit by bit, its population dwindling until he was the only one left. It’s 1927 now, but to the aged Kid, it may as well be 1875. He’s been alone for decades, comforted only by the ghosts of a vanished West—until the modern world comes to visit, guns blazing.
A dangerous young couple comes to Elkhorn looking for a place to hide out from the killers on their tail. Wild River just wanted to be left alone, but he will have to take up the gun again if he is ever to rest in peace.
Two lines of Abenaki Indians stand between the settlers and freedom. Each holds a fearsome club, and each is eager to kill. Survive the gauntlet, and the white men are free to go. None but Johnny Stark is up to the task. A mountain of a man, used to spending months at a time in the untamed wilderness of North America, he beats the Indians at their own game, disarming one of the warriors and using his club to fight his way to survival. It is a miracle escape, one that the Abenaki will sing of for generations. This is only the start of the legend of Johnny Stark.
When France and Britain go to war over their North American colonies, the Native American tribes are forced to choose sides. In the middle is Stark, who owes allegiance to no crown, but will do whatever it takes to ensure that the frontier remains free for as long as he draws breath.
Angelica Liberty is on a tour of the Far East when she learns that her father is dying. None of her family’s vessels are in port, so she takes passage on a shabby old bark, the Lorraine Marie. The ship is passing through the San Francisco fog when pirates come over the side. They swarm the ship, killing the crew in an attempt to kidnap Angelica. But before she can be captured, she slips into the salty water below.
Angelica is found by Jeremy Drake, owner of the Lorraine Marie, which the pirates left to burn in the harbor. Drake is ruined, but all is not lost. In the rough-and-tumble world of the Barbary Coast—the most notorious red-light district in the country—fortunes can be won and lost in an instant. With Angelica at his side, Drake still has a chance to rule this city.
The year is 1863. Even as the Union Army verges on total victory over the rebellious south, there are those in the North who clamor for a negotiated truce. Along a creek in the Indian Territories, North and South collide, and conflict simmers between slaveholding plantation owners and the settlers who would keep the West free. As this tension threatens to boil over into open war, hardened settler Ben McQueen goes east to plead for help from Washington. But when an assassin in Kansas City ambushes and nearly kills McQueen, his sons must try to fulfill the mission themselves.
Though brothers, Jesse and Pacer Wolf McQueen have grown up in different worlds. But when a conspiracy threatens to destroy their family and tear apart the country they love so dearly, they will put aside their differences and fight. As long as these brothers stand together, the Union has a chance.
Chaos reigns in New Orleans. The Confederates have fled in the face of the Union Army, and terror rules the streets. Jesse McQueen, a Northerner, is just a few hours from safety when his origins are discovered and he is sentenced to be hanged as a spy. With the help of a fiery beauty, he narrowly escapes, but the rope burn around his neck will mark him forever. Though he does not know it, McQueen’s neck remains in a noose.
The citadel at Vicksburg sits on bluffs high above the Mississippi, its great guns dominating the river for miles. Until this Southern fortress falls, the Confederate cause still has a fighting chance. General Sherman knows his armies could never take Vicksburg, and so he sends just one man: McQueen, posing as a traitor. But when a Rebel woman steals his heart, McQueen’s resolve falters. Is it glory he wants—or is it love?
In 1815, the fate of the young American nation will be determined at New Orleans. As the British mass their forces at the mouth of the Mississippi, General Andrew Jackson accepts volunteers from all over the country to help defend the Crescent City from invasion. And of all the ragtag men who heed Jackson’s call to arms, there is no fighter fiercer than the swashbuckling adventurer known as Kit McQueen.
While surveying fortifications south of the city, Kit is ambushed and then abandoned by his closest friend, who returns to New Orleans to steal away the woman Kit loves. With the British in front of him and a traitorous comrade at his rear, Kit finds an unlikely ally: the pirate king Jean Lafitte. His army of freebooters will give their all to save Kit’s country and rescue his beloved—but what price will these scoundrels demand?
For two years, General Washington and his rebels have outfoxed the British army, humiliating them so soundly that the redcoats have been forced to change strategy. Let Washington have the Northern colonies, they decide—we will attack the South. And the prime target, the jewel of the Southern states, is Charleston. In this cosmopolitan port city where war is about to erupt, Colleen McClagan watches the sea and waits for her lover’s return.
It has been four years since Jason Paxton crossed the Atlantic to study music in Europe, and Colleen has counted every day. When he finally returns to the colonies, the two find they are united not only by love, but also by a thirst for liberty. As Colleen writes revolutionary pamphlets, Jason joins the patriots as a secret agent, staking his life on the hope that the land of his birth will one day be free.
Bound by a promise, and more than a little interested in a woman, Billy knows this is no time to be moving on. But he doesn't know how explosive the truth is, or how desperate the Creeds really are. Now, for a Texan a long way from, there's only one choice: to be armed and ready for anything--in a place where he belongs...