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Western, Army, Cattle Drive, Comanche, Texas Rangers, Bounty Hunters, Indian Territory

Cross Timbers
A Novel of Adventure in the Old West
by J. M. Buchanan

In the fall of 1868, eighteen-year-old Aaron LaCroix leaves his family homestead on the Mississippi bound for adventure. At his Army post in the far northwest of Indian Territory as a part of the Seventh Cavalry, he makes the acquaintance of Reid McKinstry, a lanky teenage Texan whose outgoing personality provides a foil for LaCroix’s taciturn one. 

Over the course of their journeys, LaCroix and McKinstry encounter renegades and pursue wanted men; they drive cattle and work as bounty hunters. Eventually they are sent on a special mission that culminates with a heroic act for which they will always be remembered, and come into contact with someone they did not expect from LaCroix’s past.

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J. M. “Mike” Buchanan, an American history buff, has always been interested in frontier life. He is an avid fan of the old-time living and tales from simpler times. He wanted to write a story in a style he likes to read, and fastened in on real characters and places to add authenticity to his efforts.

Buchanan loves the outdoors, the sounds of the country, and living a rural life. He enjoys horseback riding on his 160 acres he shares with his fiancée in southeast Oklahoma.


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