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Where do you go when home is no longer an option?
The guns of the Civil War have ceased firing, and the shots are but an echo… yet the war rages on, deep inside Will Crump’s soul. His “soldier’s heart” is searching for peace, and in that quest Will joins the westward movement, setting his path on a collision course with adventure, loss, and love.
The Westward Expansion floods the sacred, untouched lands with immigrants, bringing the conflict to the Shoshone, Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho. Amidst the chaos Will finds safety in the shadow of the US Army, but the army brings battle-hardened troops into Red Cloud’s War, pulling Will into a tornado of conflict. Broken treaties and promises leave both sides searching for answers. Will’s search leads him to a battle for survival, and there he finds a love that could change him forever.
Dove, a young Shoshone woman, is a survivor of the Bear Creek Massacre. After being kidnapped and escaping from the Cheyenne, she joins Will’s search, seeking where she belongs. Dove longs for more than the restricted role placed on women in her tribe. If she can learn to trust a white man, he just might help her find home… and hope.
Together, Will and Dove must search for understanding, and reach Across the Great Divide.
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“Author Michael L. Ross’s ability to bring the story of Will Crump to life left me turning the pages as quickly as my eyes would allow me. Will’s journey across Indian Country and the people he met along the way captivated me in a way that I don’t often get to experience. This storytelling came from a perspective so different from my own Shoshone culture that it allowed me to look and experience each character in a completely different light. My Shoshone people are master storytellers, and so is Michael Ross. People will always forget facts and figures about history, but they will never forget when they hear a story. This story is one of those moments.”
Darren Parry, Chairman, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation
“The emotional journey in Michael Ross’s Across the Great Divide Book II, The Search is balanced with insights by the protagonist Will Crump’s Christian beliefs and the native peoples’ Great Mystery beliefs. The physical journey makes me want to take a trip on the trail, although many years–decades–later! This well-written, well-paced story is both exciting and thoughtful, and I really enjoyed reading it.”
“Ross has penned a novel that is as impressive in its sweep as it is in detail. Ross has a large canvas on which to tell his story and he has done so with the utmost care to the attention of the historical detail while leaving out none of the historical controversies. The treatment of the native population and their retaliation has been explored with a keen understanding of this period in history. At times the tension in this story is almost unbearable as our brave protagonists battle, not only to stay alive but to stay together in a world that wants to tear them apart. Ross has brought a very tragic but very fascinating era back to life in a story which is so brilliant that it is impossible to turn away from.”
Coffee Pot Book Club