The Owl Hunt

Skye's West

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The latest in the long-running tale of the beloved mountain man, Barnaby Skye, occurs early in the history of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, where Skye's mixed-blood son, Dirk, teaches school. A total eclipse of the sun panics the Shoshones, and leads a dour fifteen-year-old boy to rename himself Owl, the most dreaded of all totemic birds. He begins to stir discontent, teaching a doctrine of freedom from white men, and giving the Shoshones a new dance.
Owl takes his vision of returning to the old ways, free of reservation life, to the people. The Indian agent and soldiers react violently, see insurrection and subversion in it. Dirk, his own two bloods warring, tries to mediate and only alienates the army, the Indian Bureau, and the Shoshones.

But only Dirk Skye can prevent a massacre.



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RICHARD S. WHEELER is the author of over fifty novels of the American West. He holds five Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime contributions to the literature of the West. He lives in Livingston, Montana, near Yellowstone Park, and is married to Sue Hart, an English professor at Montana State University in Billings.

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Forge Books
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Published on
Dec 7, 2010
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781429928212
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English
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Fiction / Westerns
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In this captivating historical novel, six-time Spur Award winner Richard S. Wheeler turns his storyteller's eye to a clash of towering ambitions in the American West, when the Copper Kings of Butte, Montana, wrestled each other for control of both the "richest hill on earth" and Montana's fledgling government.

The city of Butte looks like a cancerous mélange of smoky mine boilers and rudely constructed sheds when newspaperman John Fellowes Hall arrives on a cold spring day in 1892. Butte may be ugly, but it's the place to get rich. It's also a city full of stories—perfect for a journalist looking to make a name for himself. As an employee of mining titan William Andrews Clark, Hall becomes a part of the best story of them all: the fight among the Copper Kings.

Butte's three founding fathers were remarkable men with little in common other than ambition. Marcus Daly, a humble Irish immigrant, led the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. His political rival, the formidable William Andrews Clark, a brilliant but vain businessman, bought himself a United States Senate seat. And Augustus Heinze tried to steal the mines, using lawyers and bribed judges, only to be crushed by the Rockefellers. The Richest Hill on Earth captures their struggle as well as the stories of the ordinary people—the miners, their wives and children, the journalists, and even the psychics—trying to make their fortunes in the rapidly-changing West.
The Richest Hill of Earth is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Historical Fiction title.



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Richard S. Wheeler
Mountain man Barnaby Skye and his Crow wife are back in Going Home and Downriver, two beloved installments of renowned Western writer Richard S. Wheeler's Spur Award-winning Skye's West series

Going Home
It is 1832, six years after he deserted the Royal Navy, when Barnaby Skye has a chance to return to England to clear his name and take up employment with the Hudson's Bay Company. With his devoted Crow wife, Victoria, an eccentric botanist named Alistair Nutmeg, and a strange pariah dog following along, Skye makes his way west to begin his journey home. But Skye is as much a magnet for trouble as he is a legend among mountain men. The legendary frontiersman fights Mexican bandits, murderous Pacific coastal Indians, thirst, starvation, and despair as he learns where home really is and what honor really means.

Downriver
In the summer of 1838, the beaver-trapping business is dying out. When Barnaby Skye is offered a chance to become a post trader in his Crow wife's homeland, he makes the journey to St. Louis to present himself as a candidate for the job to the mighty managers of the Upper Missouri Outfit. The 2,000-mile voyage down the Missouri River steamboat Otter offers dangers at every turn--but the real danger lies in another passenger on the paddlewheel steamer, the Creole fur brigade leader Alexandre Bonfils. This nefarious man is a rival for the job Skye is seeking and is determined to be the only candidate by the time the Otter reaches the city.

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Richard S. Wheeler
From six-time Spur Award-winning author, Richard S. Wheeler, two tales of strength in the face of adversity- Easy Pickings and The First Dance at one low price.

Easy Pickings
Life hasn’t always been easy for March and Kermit McPhee, but things are finally looking up. March has given birth to a healthy son, and Kermit is blasting his way along a good seam of ore in their small gold mine. Then Kermit is crushed by a cave-in.

Within days of his death, the crooks of Marysville, Montana, are at March’s door, eager to get their hands on the mine. Her refusal sets off a terrible chain of events. March’s baby boy is killed, her home burned to the ground. Terrified and threatened, targeted by the wealthy and powerful, March fights back every way she can. Still, she must ask herself whether it is worth it; whether a gold mine, or wealth of any sort, should be defended at such a price.

The First Dance
Miles City, Montana, 1885. Barnaby Skye's mixed-blood son, Dirk, marries a Métis girl, Therese, but his position as a civilian translator for the US Army threatens to shatter their union. When Dirk is forced to serve in the brutal campaign between Montana's disgruntled cattle ranchers and the native Métis people, a distraught Therese flees—on their wedding night.

Though they have been torn apart, Therese and Dirk share a powerful bond and a common cause: the desire to help the displaced Métis find a home. Their love pulls them toward reconciliation and new hope for Therese's people.

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Richard S. Wheeler
Travelling performers struggle to impress rowdy western towns in Anything Goes, and ambitions clash as Montana miners fight for control of The Richest Hill on Earth; two novels from six-time Spur Award winner Richard S. Wheeler.

Anything Goes
The cowboys, gold miners, outlaws, gunmen, prostitutes, and marshals who populate the Wild West never see much big-city entertainment. Those western towns are too wild and rowdy for entertainers to enter, let alone perform in them. All that is about to change. Though the towns are starved for entertainment, the Follies struggles to fill seats as it grinds from town to town. Just when the company is desperate for fresh talent, a mysterious young woman astonishes everyone with her exquisite voice.

The Richest Hill on Earth
The city of Butte looks like a cancerous mélange of smoky mine boilers and rudely constructed sheds when newspaperman John Fellowes Hall arrives in 1892. But Butte is the place to get rich. It is also a city full of stories, perfect for a journalist looking to make a name for himself. As an employee of mining titan William Andrews Clark, Hall will find himself deeply involved in the best story of them all: the fight among the Copper Kings. This is the story of their struggle as well as the story of the ordinary people—the miners, their wives and children, the journalists, and even the psychics—trying to make their fortunes on the richest hill on earth.

This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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