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By Jan Reid

Comanche Sundown is the tale of the nice struggle leader Quanah Parker, a freed slave and cowboy named Bose Ikard, and the ladies they love. In 1869 Quanah and Bose do their most sensible to kill one another in a brutal struggle on horseback in West Texas. yet over numerous years, in the course of the flash and chaos of warfare and killing they become aware of that they're acquaintances, now not enemies. they modify from violent unformed youths into males of braveness and decency.

The son of the ferocious warrior Nocona and the tragic captive Texan Cynthia Ann Parker, Quanah suffers the wound of being slurred and rejected through many Comanches as anyone of impure blood and sure undesirable good fortune. while instructed he can't marry his younger love Weckeah, he rides off and joins one other band of his humans within the canyonlands and plains of the Texas Panhandle. Later, whilst Quanah has simply emerged as a struggle leader in a bold rout of military cavalry, in defiance of elders and culture he elopes with Weckeah and leads a following of the wildest Comanche bunch of all.

The enslaved son of a white health professional, Bose is freed through the Civil battle and rides on path drives of longhorns into New Mexico Territory which are led through the pioneering Charles Goodnight. Bose lands up captured, applied, and at last valued via Quanah and his humans. That interval in younger Bose’s lifestyles brings him into intoxicating friendship with Quanah’s different spouse, To-ha-yea, a Mescalero Apache and born heart-breaker.

Comanche Sundown lays out a sprawling and believable recast of Southwestern background that brings Pat Garrett, Billy the child, Bat Masterson, Colonel Ranald “Bad Hand” Mackenzie, and normal William T. Sherman into one fray. within the culture of Thomas Berger’s Little great Man, William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner, Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, and Cormac McCarthy’s All the beautiful Horses, Jan Reid’s novel bargains a wealthy combination of historic element, beautiful eye for the terrain and the animals, and perception into the tradition, customs, poetry, and dignity of local americans stuck up in a determined struggle to survive.

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