Read Savage Country Online Free - From the writer of the bestselling Coal Black Horse, who has consistently created riveting fiction about pivotal moments in history, comes another spellbinding novel covering one of the most infamous hunts in the American West.
In September 1873, Elizabeth Coughlin, a widow bankrupted by her husband’s folly and death, embarks on a buffalo hunt with her estranged and mysterious brother-in-law Michael. With no money, no family, no job or security, she hopes to salvage something of her former life and the lives of the hired men and women who depend on her. The buffalo hunt that her husband had planned, she now realizes, was his last hope for saving the land.
Elizabeth and Michael plunge south across the aptly named Deadline demarcating Indian Territory from their home state of Kansas. Nothing could have prepared them for the dangers: rattlesnakes, rabies, wildfire, lightning strikes, blue northers, flash floods, threats to life in so many ways. They’re on borrowed time: the Comanche are in winter quarters, and the cruel work is unraveling their souls. They must get back alive.
This is a gripping, historically accurate account of that infamous hunt, which decimated the bison population to near extinction, and the story of a moment in our history in which mass destruction of an animal population was seen as the only route to economic solvency. And it is also a thrilling, readable tale of how that hunt changed Michael and Elizabeth forever.
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September 28, 2017
Kansas, 1844, Elizabeth finds herself without monetary means after the death of her husband. she learns that he had hinged everything on a buffalo hunt, a hunt he hoped would provide him with the necessary funds the clear his debts. His estranged brother Michael, makes an appearance and Elizabeth...
December 03, 2017
”Soon he could see thousands of buffalo roaming the plains and he filled with a strange and powerful feeling, the passage of receding time. There were so many of them he felt diminished, infinitesimally small, insignificant. He lost his breath. It made him wonder on the courage of the first man....
November 15, 2017
1873 Kansas. Under the bowed heads of drooping sunflowers, death is always just a heartbeat away. The smell of blood hangs in the air, as whirling dust devils wind their errant paths along the way.
Follow a band of buffalo hunters, skinners, and butchers making its way to what will turn out to be...
August 21, 2017
In 1873, Kansas had many boom towns that were now bust. Bankrupt families sold their possessions for pennies on the dollar and took locomotives out of town with plans for a fresh start. Construction sites were abandoned, streets were littered, residents lived in miserable shacks, tents and dugout...
July 30, 2017
This book was so good that I devoured it in a couple of sittings. It fulfills a hunger I have for some kind of wisdom or parable about how the West was won for the American Dream, but lost for Manifest Destiny. How to resolve the American frontier and its untamed wonders as the doorway to imagina...
September 12, 2017
** 3.75 stars, rounded up **
This is a raw, gritty story about the buffalo hunting of the late 1800s that drew the species to near extinction. Told in spare, exacting prose that still manages to paint incredible, vivid imagery of the dangers and depravations of life on the plains and of the times,...
October 07, 2017
Olmstead has done it again; one of my favorite authors. As usual, uncompromisingly direct and seemingly simple writing. Not a word that is not necessary and, as befits the title, this is one savage story with many beautiful and thoughtful moments.
This is a tale of a Civil War veteran who joins hi...
October 01, 2017
And so we have people seeking wealth within the savagery and beauty of the wilderness in this terrible beauty of prose we visit the clash between peoples and cattle, for foods, skins, monies, and ways. A solider, Michael, a reverend doctor and a business woman Elizabeth of whom is seeking enterpr...
December 07, 2017
Savage Country was a savage tale. The reader faces peril along with the main protagonists (Elizabeth, Michael) and crew as they embark on a buffalo hunt. I found the following passage illuminating:
That night Michael thought about how the American war was not the end of something but the beginnin...
December 05, 2017
Olmstead continues to be one of the finest writers out there. Beautiful language, incredible imagery. This is a book that gets better with each reading (twice already for me). I consider Olmstead to be more accessible than Cormac McCarthy but just as engaging.