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An Uncommon Enemy, a novel of the Washita (Eden Murdoch Novels of the Victorian West Book 1)
 
 

An Uncommon Enemy, a novel of the Washita (Eden Murdoch Novels of the Victorian West Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Black
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“There is no word in the Cheyenne language for forgiveness.”

On the day after Thanksgiving, 1868, George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Cavalry attack a sleeping Cheyenne village on the banks of the Washita. Ironically, it later becomes known that the village attacked was that of Black Kettle, the foremost peace chief of the Cheyenne Nation. Amidst the heartless and senseless slaughter of men, women, and children, the Seventh Cavalry discovers a white woman living among the Cheyenne. Her name is Eden Murdoch, and she was presumed dead years before. While the army expects to use her for propaganda purposes and to refute the accusations that the Cheyenne village posed no threat to white settlers, Eden refuses to take part in any such propaganda: to acknowledge that the army “rescued” her from a “savage” society. Eden avoids giving the details of her story to any of the officers; she will say only that she considered her Cheyenne husband and his other wives family.

Custer’s young and inexperienced aide-de-camp, Captain Brad Randall, is assigned the task of looking after Eden and locating her family. Beginning to doubt Custer’s actions and struggling to act honorably, Brad is both fascinated and perplexed by Eden’s eccentric behavior. He becomes obsessed with learning the truth behind Eden’s bizarre journey, and when Eden begins to reveal it to him, his own future changes. Eden and Brad unexpectedly set in motion events that will echo all the way to the Little Bighorn.


Praise for AN UNCOMMON ENEMY

"Strong characters, smart narration and a fast-moving plot distinguish this latest historical novel by Black. [Her] take on Custer's cruel command is nuanced and well researched, her story of his encounter with Eden based on a cryptic remark Custer made in his field notes the day after Washita. Eden's...plucky humor makes her an appealing protagonist." - Publishers Weekly

"Michelle Black has penned a courageous, deeply moving, fiercely honest novel about a woman trapped between the frontier military and the Cheyenne. I was enthralled, not only by the swift-moving story, but by the integrityand depth of understanding in every page. This novel is richly rewarding, and I look forward to more splendid stories from her." - Richard S. Wheeler, author of The Fields of Eden

"A sense of place, well-rounded characters, and an exciting and poignant ending make An Uncommon Enemyan uncommon book well worth the reading." - Roundup Magazine

"Michelle Black's An Uncommon Enemy is a clear-eyed and moving narrative of life among the Plains Indians, and of the reality of their struggle for existence against the elements and Manifest Destiny. But that was not enough for Black, who uses the business of Custer's missing ring finger to propel her story into the realm of great detective fiction. This is the closest thing to a collaboration between Jack London and Wilkie Collins." -Loren D. Estleman, President of Western Writers of America, Inc., and author of The Master Executioner.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1929705042
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XVYG30
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Uncommon Adversary /Enemy 27 July 2013
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Michelle Black is a fine writer with a lovely style and her characters are three dimensional because of her skill at bringing them to life. I enjoyed this novel because of the interesting narrative about Native Americans and how they fare under the relentlessly injustices put upon them by the greedy Whites.
Dances With Wolves and Soldier Blue are both great films depicting life in the 19th century West and how it was for the long suffering First Nation. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown is a non-fiction book telling the true story of all the broken treaties - broken always by the white men who strove to steal all the land and mineral rights from the aboriginal peoples. This novel and its sequel, Solomon Spring, tell the story of a white woman who's lived with a tribe and found loving kindness with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A piercing look at a woman's courage 2 Nov 2001
By Richard S. Wheeler - Published on Amazon.com
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Michelle Black has written a fine novel about a woman caught between two worlds, Indian and white. The heroine refuses to compromise her humanity, her charity, or her love, and as a result finds herself in trouble with the cavalry, and especially General Custer. This is a marvelous depiction of military ambition so ruthless that it overrides all decency, and a good woman's response to it. I found myself caught up in a drama that throws light upon the Indian Wars, and the politics surrounding them. Michelle Black will win a wide readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 28 Aug 2010
By Krystle Grabhorn - Published on Amazon.com
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Great read! This book really pulls you in, couldn't put it down! The story line captured my imagination, and I learned quite a bit of history along the way. I have suggested this book to several of my friends and gotten good feedback from them as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A penetrating look at the Indian wars 2 Nov 2001
By Richard S. Wheeler - Published on Amazon.com
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Michelle Black has penned an absorbing and rich novel of the Indian wars, focusing especially on General Custer's obsessive quest for glory, which soon trumps truth and decency. The heroine of this story is a woman of innate decency, who refuses to compromise herself, her ideals, or her fate, no matter what pressures are applied to her. This is an outstanding and deeply moving novel about courage, honesty, and a woman's charity toward others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant look at the cruelty of manifest destiny 26 Mar 2011
By Velda Brotherton - Published on Amazon.com
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Michelle Black has told a tragic story in such depth, the reader is able to understand if not sympathize with those involved in the last struggle of the Northern Cheyenne to return to their home rather than be imprisoned on a reservation in Oklahoma. Her characters are so realistic we can't help but follow them on their journeys. This is a good read for the lovers of history and the lovers of a great story.Arkansas Meals & Memories: Lift Your Eyes to the Mountains
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Depiction of the Complexity of Human Relationships 4 Jan 2011
By E. B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always been interested in the clash of culture between the white and Indian races and I found this story to be an absorbing account of the battle of the Washita and the effect on a woman captive. On Nov. 27, 1868 near Cheyenne, Oklahoma, arrogance and the notion that one race is superior to another wiped out Chief Black Kettle's village of people without warning and with disregard for promises made to them. Custer, who led the 7th Calvary into this disgraceful battle, is painted in this story as ambitious, arrogant, and cruel. After the killing of the people, the army slaughtered the Indian's horses, burned their lodges, destroyed all food and winter supplies and captured 53 women and children. This story also tells of a white woman captive who suffered horribly at the hands of her Indian captor, was rescued by another Indian and his wives and taken in to become a loved member of their household. Recognized as a white woman, at the battle of the Washita, she is then "rescued" against her will and brought back into white society. It's an interesting story and I enjoyed it. It was also the very first story I read using my Kindle. Eunice Boeve, author of Ride a Shadowed Trail.
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