Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

Into the Wild

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.

Title : Savage Country
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ISBN : 1616204125
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Fran rated it ★★★★★

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...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

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...

Melissa rated it ★★★★☆

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,...

Cody rated it ★★★☆☆

October 09, 2017

I don't trust myself to give this one a rating so I'm going to play it safely down the middle. I'm an Olmstead fan. "Far Bright Star" remains a favorite, and a lot of the same qualities I loved in that book are present in this novel as well. But I'm a little torn on this one. This is very much an...

Lou rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Ted rated it ★★★★★

October 08, 2017

Butcher's Crossing by John Williams, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Warlock by Oakley Hall, and now Savage Country by Robert Olmstead are the must read books you need to read about the American West. Let others here give summary reviews of this wonderful book, I'll simply say this is one magn...

Robert Brinkmeyer rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2017

The title of this powerful novel that follows a buffalo hunt in post-Civil War Kansas pretty much says it all: the American West was a land of brutal savagery. While the violence of the Indian wars lurks everywhere in the novel, Olmstead's true subject is the savagery of the white settlers to eac...

Larry rated it ★★★☆☆

October 09, 2017

3 1/2 Stars On the plus side, there’s plenty of gritty old American West in this book.   In Kansas, 1873, David Coughin has died leaving his wife Elizabeth in desperate straits.  What she thought was a profitable ranch is actually bankrupt and the evil Mr. Whitechurch is ready to grab it all.  Dav...

Kim rated it ★★★☆☆

July 15, 2017

A recently widowed woman along with her brother-in-law plan a last ditch effort to save their family fortune by going on a massive buffalo hunt. They venture from Kansas with a rag tag party and face indians, bad weather, vermin (both animal and man) all just to keep out of the poorhouse. Elizabe...

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