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On Cimarron [text (large print)] / Paul Joseph Lederer.

By: Lederer, Paul Joseph [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Thorndike Press large print Western series: Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015Edition: Large print edition.Description: 559 pages (large type) ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781410483089 (hardcover); 1410483088 (hardcover).Subject(s): Frontier and pioneer life -- Fiction | Large type booksGenre/Form: War stories. | Western stories.DDC classification: 813/.54 Summary: "As weary settlers begin to infiltrate the Kansas area, a young family of pilgrims settles on a lower stretch of the Cimarron River. Elizabeth O'Day and her husband, Tom, virtually alone in the wilderness, have been told that the area is safe for whites. However, they soon discover a band of Kiowa Indians, their mood uncertain, living nearly across the river from where they plan to build a home. An uneasy peace endures between the people on each side of the river, and the two groups manage a sort of wary interaction. Until the War Between the States erupts nearly simultaneously with the long-standing conflict between Comanche and Kiowa and the winds of bloody war sweep across the Cimarron land from every direction."-- Provided by publisher.
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As weary settlers begin to infiltrate the Kansas area, a young family arrives on a lonely stretch of the Cimarron River. Elizabeth O'Day and her husband, Tom, have been told that the area is safe for whites. On the other side of the river a Kiowa woman, Ki-Ki-Tai, has enjoyed an idyllic childhood and a happy marriage to her husband, Nakai. An uneasy peace endures between the two groups -- until the War Between the States erupts.

"As weary settlers begin to infiltrate the Kansas area, a young family of pilgrims settles on a lower stretch of the Cimarron River. Elizabeth O'Day and her husband, Tom, virtually alone in the wilderness, have been told that the area is safe for whites. However, they soon discover a band of Kiowa Indians, their mood uncertain, living nearly across the river from where they plan to build a home. An uneasy peace endures between the people on each side of the river, and the two groups manage a sort of wary interaction. Until the War Between the States erupts nearly simultaneously with the long-standing conflict between Comanche and Kiowa and the winds of bloody war sweep across the Cimarron land from every direction."-- Provided by publisher.

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*Starred Review* In far-western Kansas, along the Cimarron River, the Kiowa woman Ki-Ki-Tai lives a happy life with her husband, Nakai, and their two sons. But in the late 1850s, white settlers begin arriving on the other side of the river, a foolish chief signs a treaty, and the army erects a fort, inspiring great turmoil among the Kiowa. While Tom O'Day; his wife, Elizabeth; and their two sons carve a farm out of the tall grass, an ambitious captain, Ben Ramsey, all but dragoons Tom to fight for the Union. The fort is left undermanned, which emboldens the Kiowa to strike against the more vulnerable settlers. Nonetheless, Elizabeth and Ki-Ki-Tai become friends, particularly after Elizabeth's son, Oliver, elopes with a Kiowa maiden. War over, Tom O'Day comes home a ruined man, a slave to alcohol and Ben Ramsey until his misbegotten and miserable death. The breveted Major Ramsey returns to his old rank and post, and soon his ambition combines with his treachery. He fakes a Kiowa uprising, massacring women and children rather as Colonel John Chivington did at Sand Creek. The action, and other Machiavellian murders, assures his return to colonel's rank and turns him into a kingmaker in the new, corrupt town of Bethlehem. Peace breaks out when widows Elizabeth O'Day and Ki-Ki-Tai succeed at farming, and when Oliver's daughter falls in love with Ben Ramsey's son. Justice simmers as the clever Oliver, whose Kiowa wife was murdered by white renegades, joins forces with a crusading newspaperman to reveal the truth about Ben. A well-written, balanced, traditional historical epic with a number of memorable scenes, such as Elizabeth's attempt to butcher a steer when she is crazed with anger and grief. This will attract mainstream historical-fiction readers as well as traditional western fans.--Mort, John Copyright 2010 Booklist