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Into the far mountains : a Western story
Grove, Fred.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Unity, Me. : Five Star, 1999.
Physical Description:
283 pages ; 22 cm.
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X Adult Fiction Western
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Jesse Alden Wilder was a captain in the Army of Tennessee. Wounded and forced to choose between a virtual death sentence in prison or helping the North, he chose life. Disgraced for having joined up with the Yankees, Wilder did what he could after the war - he became a mercenary soldier who gained a legendary reputation performing daring rescue missions for the U.S. army. Exhausted, Jesse is trying to live a peaceful life in Tucson, when a desperate woman arrives, convinced that only he can save her young son, a captive of the Apaches...

Author Notes

Fred Grove was born on the fourth of July 1913, in Hominy, Oklahoma, the fourth of five children. Grove earned his B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1937, where he was sports editor of the student daily during his senior year. He later served as sports editor for two daily newspapers before drifting into general news and desk work.

Grove had attempted to write Westerns after Word War II, and interviewed many Oklahoma pioneers while working as a reporter for the Shawnee Morning News. He sold his first short story, "The Hangrope Ghost," to .44 Western magazine in 1951. He taught beginning reporting and worked in public relations at the University of Oklahoma, where he had taken creative writing courses from Foster Harris and Walter Campbell. Grove later served as Public Information Director of the Oklahoma Education Television Authority.

Flame of the Osage was his first book, published when he was forty-five. He had previously sold Western short stories to pulp magazines and Boy's Life during the 1950s. In addition to his five Spur awards from Western Writers of America, Fred Grove has received the Saddleman, the first Oklahoma Writing Award, and two Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Grove died on September 11, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. He was 95. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Winner of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame's Western Heritage Award, Levi Strauss' Golden Saddleman, and five Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America, Grove has been creating outstanding western fiction for the better part of five decades. His latest is a well-told tale of action in the post^-Civil War Southwest. Cochise leads the Apache nation in a bloody hit-and-run war with the U.S. Army. In the midst of the mayhem comes Susan Lattimore, desperate to save a young son taken by the Apaches. She seeks and finds Jesse Wilder, former Confederate hero who had been a Union POW recruited to fight the Plains Indians. Though he argues the futility of such a rescue mission--they don't even know which Apache band took the boy--Susan finally wins him over. What follows is high adventure as they save her son and another boy. Susan saves Wilder's life, Wilder winds up with a ready-made family, and the reader winds up fully satisfied. --Budd Arthur