Category: Fiction: Military
Copyright/published Year: 2001 by Forge
The first novel in an ambitious new series, a fictional history ì of the west as seen through the eyes of runaway slave Nate ì Gordon. He has returned to Louisiana as Sergeant Major Nate ì Gordon of the Tenth United States Cavalry. His job, to recruit ì and form the second US colored cavalry, the Ninth Negro. Three ì years have passed since Nate left Louisiana and his life as a ì slave, to join the Union Army. The war is now over, and it is ì clear that the South has paid a heavy toll. Nate's former home is ì a tattered collection of dilapidated buildings and ruined ì plantations. Where once opulence and order ruled, poverty, ì corruption and crime now thrive. Resentful and disgruntled white ì Southerners want nothing to do with Nate and his stripes. Racist ì Union officers and noncoms only make his task more difficult. ì Nate struggles to quell dissent from the ranks and to keep ì outside forces at bay as the Ninth Cavalry moves from the docks ì of Louisiana to the wide open West.
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