I hadn’t sung, or even thought about, Johnny Nash’s hit song “I Can See Clearly Now” in about forty years. But I did this morning. That’s when I woke up, turned on my computer, and saw that the Military Writers Society of America had placed my novel, The Oath, second on the list for their Recommended Reading List.
Associated Press (June 21, 2017)
This coming Sunday, June 25th, in the year 1876, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer was killed, along with five companies of the Seventh Cavalry who rode with him, at the Battle of the Little Bighorn —
… Or was he?
I’ve just been notified that two of my books won big awards this week.
Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer has agreed to come with me to Wild Deadwood Reads in South Dakota on June 10th.
This isn’t the only time Custer has been in Black Hills country. Way back in July of 1874, President Ulysses S. Grant issued orders for Custer to scout a suitable site for a military post in the Black Hills. Custer himself told me his big mistake was bringing along those two prospectors. It had been rumored for years that the Black Hills were rich in gold, and those damn prospectors found it. “The beginning of the end,” he told me in genuine sorrow, “of the Plains Indians and their way of life.”
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