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Gun Smoke at Powder River

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U.S. Army Captain Charles Riker had been ordered to march his company of social misfits and raw recruits deep into Sioux territory. It was a land of heat and blistering winds where daydreaming could separate a man from his scalplock, and when Indian patrols spot the bluecoated interlopers they set upon the troopers with burning powder and hot lead.
Riker and his struggling command turn back - only to find their retreat to the main body of troops has been cut off by the avenging Sioux.
Outnumbered hundreds-to-one in a Montana wilderness where good men could be living one moment and dying the next, Riker must lead his band across long miles of open country to the nearest army post at Tongue River. But between them and the fort ride fierce warriors aiming to add bluecoat scalps to the ones already hanging on the tribal lodge poles. Short on rations and ammunition, but long on determination and guts, Riker's column begins its hell trek to freedom while hundreds of Plains Indians close in for the kill.


Patrick E. Andrews was born in Oklahoma in 1936 into a family of pioneers who participated in its growth from the Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory to statehood. His father's family were homesteaders and his mother's cattle ranchers. Consequently, he is among the last generation of American writers who had contacts with those people from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Patrick's wife Julie says he both speaks and writes with an Oklahoma accent. He is an ex-paratrooper, having served in the 82nd Airborne Division in the active army and the 12th Special Forces Group in the army reserves. Patrick began his writing career after leaving the army. He and his better half presently reside in southern California. He has a son Bill, who is an ex-paratrooper and a probation officer, and two grandchildren.
Over the next few months/years, we will be issuing Patrick's entire western output, including cavalry stories, stories set in Texas (TEXAS TRAILS), stories set in Oklahoma (INDIAN TERRITORY) and more!
Patrick's stand-alone westerns will also appear in our new series of PICCADILLY PUBLISHING WESTERNS, in which we hope to recreate the feel of the classic Gold Medal paperbacks, and bring you the very best in western entertainment!

Genre: Western    

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Paperback Editions

January 1991 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Gunsmoke at Powder River
Author(s): P E Andrews
ISBN: 0-8217-3275-7 / 978-0-8217-3275-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Zebra
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Gunsmoke at Powder River (The Long-Knives Book 4)
Author(s): Patrick E Andrews
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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