By Terry C. Johnston
Johnston writes gritty, uncooked, historically-accurate frontier fiction. the following, he maintains the saga of the nice Indian Wars as veteran Indian fighter Seamus Donegan joins the search for loopy Horse, the elusive Cheyenne warrior leader who's placing the cavalry to disgrace. Johnston brilliantly recreates the boring Knife conflict of 1876.
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A Cold Day in Hell: The Spring Creek Encounters, the Cedar Creek Fight With Sitting Bull's Sioux, and the Dull Knife Battle, November 25, 1876 by Terry C. Johnston