1881

By Daniel Fludgate

Historical fiction, Action & adventure | Paperback, eBook


America, 1881. The north-western frontier, where old sins cast long shadows. The consequences of Robert Rathbone's vicious betrayal of a fellow soldier fifteen years before resurface, just as he's about to stand for the first election in the new settlement of Buffalo, Wyoming. Rathbone has spent the years since leaving the Army building a ruthless reputation across the American Northwest. His pursuit of power, wealth, and status are all driven by his desire to acquire the one thing that has eluded him, and the reason for his treachery: the love of Josie 'Sugar' Dunaway. Shadows from the past track Rathbone to Buffalo, a town where two-fisted men and street-savvy women survive by the strength of their wits, and the speed of their guns. A Dixie bounty hunter, an English nobleman's son in exile, and a cow-hand with changeable allegiances, complicate each character's pursuit of their own goal. "1881" demonstrates the enduring power of love, betrayal, and revenge, set against a backdrop of the American frontier, where life is played out in the raw, and where the land and its people were transformed into an enduring country and distinct American character.


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America, 1881. The north-western frontier, where old sins cast long shadows. The consequences of Robert Rathbone's vicious betrayal of a fellow soldier fifteen years before resurface, just as he's about to stand for the first election in the new settlement of Buffalo, Wyoming. Rathbone has spent the years since leaving the Army building a ruthless reputation across the American Northwest. His pursuit of power, wealth, and status are all driven by his desire to acquire the one thing that has eluded him, and the reason for his treachery: the love of Josie 'Sugar' Dunaway. Shadows from the past track Rathbone to Buffalo, a town where two-fisted men and street-savvy women survive by the strength of their wits, and the speed of their guns. A Dixie bounty hunter, an English nobleman'...


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After leaving university, I set myself the goal of working on every continent to experience life from many different angles. Antarctica is still outstanding, but the other six are complete (in some cases, twice over), such was the severity of my 'travel bug' infection. Approaching thirty years old, I returned to London and spent the next seven years as a police officer for the Met, my final posting being in Counter Terrorism Command. When working on shifts, and needing to occupy my time waiting to begin a late-turn or night-shift, I decided to take more seriously what had, until then, been just a hobby of writing. I have since written The Last Elephant Hunter and 1881. As a qualified African safari guide, a trained Lapland husky musher, someone who has taught English to Buddhist monks in Laos, and sex education to teenagers in a Ugandan field, unearthed Etruscan pottery on an archaeological dig in Italy, built a new enclosure for rescued animals in the Amazon, and protected President Obama in London working with his Secret Service detail, I try to bring some of that variety of life experience to my writing. Having said that, my work is fiction, a product of an adventurous and restless mind. I hope to cross-genres as a writer in the same way that I have in my multitude of lives lived so far.


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After leaving university, I set myself the goal of working on every continent to experience life from many different angles. Antarctica is still outstanding, but the other six are complete (in some cases, twice over), such was the severity of my 'travel bug' infection. Approaching thirty years old, I returned to London and spent the next seven years as a police officer for the Met, my final pos...


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