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In the season of the sun
Newcomb, Kerry.
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St. Martin's Paperbacks edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2003.

Physical Description:
372 pages ; 18 cm
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X Adult Mass Market Paperback Western
X Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks

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In 1829, four families left Virginia for St. Louis and a voyage up the Platte River to an open land of big sky. Guided by a half-breed frontiersman named Coyote Kilhenny, the pioneers did not know that they had reached the end of their journey in an ocean of swaying grass. In an act of horrific betrayal, Kilhenny sprang an ambush on the people who had trusted him most. When the carnage was over, two boys survived. Two brothers, swept apart in the orgy of violence. One would go with Kilhenny. The other would become the adopted son of a shaman of the Blackfeet tribe. And in lives lived on the wild frontier, they both know pleasure, pain, loss, and loyalty. And they would come to know each other once again-as warriors, as enemies, as brothers with a last chance for revenge...

Author Notes

Kerry Newcomb was born in Milford, Connecticut, but had the good fortune to be raised in Texas. He has served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and taught at the St. Labre Mission School on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. Mr. Newcomb has written plays, film scripts, commercials, liturgical dramas, and over thirty novels under both his own name and a variety of pseudonyms. He lives with his family in Ft. Worth, Texas.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Newcomb's ( Sacred Is the Wind ) workmanlike tale opens as Coyote Kilhenny, a half-breed guiding white pioneers through the wilderness of early-19th-century Montana, betrays his party to the Shoshoni. The adults are killed or taken captive, and two young brothers become separated. Jacob Milam finds a home among the Blackfoot Indians and learns to distinguish between the renegades who ambushed the pioneers and the honorable people who took him in despite their own fear of the white man. Meanwhile Tom Milam, who witnessed nothing, is casually adopted by Kilhenny and assimilates his foster father's lawlessness. Then the two are reunited, drawn together so that each can exact vengeance for the death of their parents. The brothers' fates are credibly related, though Newcomb burdens his story with subplots that are inadequately integrated and that demand an inordinate amount of attention. The Indian lore is handled respectfully and intelligently, and the ending, if predictable, is quickly dispatched with commendable restraint. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved