On the northern Arkansas border of 1804, an Osage warrior and a young trapper pit wits and strength in a deadly battle only one can win. When Matt Crane left home to travel the far western lands, he didn't intend to be gone long. Four years later he returns to find his family dead, his hometown destroyed, and his sweetheart taken captive by Quick Killer, a vicious renegade Osage warrior with a score to settle.
Kidnapping the woman Matt loves is only the beginning of Quick Killer's plan as he seeks revenge upon Matt--the architect of his shame. What he fails to realize, though, is that he faces an adversary far more tenacious than he ever thought possible, --one that will take him to the very limit of his own will and endurance.
A fast-paced frontier adventure, Osage Dawn blends friendship, love, and raw adventure on the wild frontier where hearts were broken and history was made by men fighting for survival.
About Darrel Sparkman (Springfield, Missouri Author)
Darrel Sparkman resides in Southwest Missouri with his wife. Their three children and grandchildren live nearby. His hobbies include gardening, golfing, and writing. In the past, Darrel served four years in the United States Navy, including seven months in Viet Nam as a combat search & rescue helicopter crewman. He also served nineteen years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician First Responder, worked as a professional photographer, computer repair tech, and was owner and operator of a greenhouse and flower shop. Darrel is currently retired and self-employed. He finally has that job that wakes you up every day with a smile.
From the Author-
I never studied much, school wasn’t a big interest for me. In retrospect, I wish I had. But, what I did was read. Didn’t have much of a childhood, so I read to escape I suppose. Four to five books a week—from middle school into adulthood. You name it—I read it. Changing schools over twenty times from kindergarten to twelfth grade gave me insight into people and circumstances—and the value of standing your ground. I loved science fiction, but when the genre morphed to fantasy, I dropped out. Being raised in rural America bent me toward adventure novels and westerns, and I’ve been writing since I was young. Reading one adventure novel and wanting to get on to the next gave me the style in my writing of picking a week or so in the protagonist’s life and riding hell-bent from problem to solution. My heroes are prone to suddenness of action and intent. Writing can exorcise your demons, give you the pleasure of a story well told, and drive you to distraction. But it is always a ride worth taking.