Just for fun, here’s another excerpt from Chief of Thieves. This happens to be based on a true scene from Colorado—Holon Godfrey was an actual early Colorado pioneer/rancher:
“August 23, 1864
Godfrey raced toward the burning American Ranche, visible in the distance. He had left his wife, Matilda, and his family safe back at his ranch compound, and was aware that he was at risk from Cheyenne along the two mile ride. When he arrived at the American, there was no one to be seen. No guests, no Cheyenne. Just a burning hotel.
Over the past two months the skirmishing among the settlers, the Cheyenne, and various small groups of Colorado Volunteers had intensified. Stages were being attacked, cattle stolen, and settlers besieged with increasing frequency….”
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