Friday, October 16, 2015

Battle of Adobe Walls

"Buffalo Trails"  is a historical-fiction work by Jeff Guinn.  Though most of the story is true, the main character, McLendon is not.  McClendon, CM, as he is sometimes called has joined forces with Bat Masterson on the prairie outside of Dodge City, Ks working as a bone collector, wannabe Buffalo Hunter.  When the two men hear of Billy Dixon's plan to make a large hunting party and take it down to Adobe Walls, TX to finish off what is probably the last of the massive buffalo herds they decide to strike up on a big moneymaker.  Meanwhile, Quanah Parker, a Comanche war leader, has constructed a plan to unite three different tribes to fight off the whites with a greater force. The two groups come to a head at Adobe Walls and the 4 day battle is on. 
This book, though long, is extremely well written.  There are some graphic parts when methods of torture and killing is being told.  There is also a rape scene.  Both groups are very violent.  There was just waaaay too much testosterone roaming around on the prairie at that time.  Excellent book.  Be ready to cringe. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from

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