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From a distance, the fieldstone chimneys standing above the burned cabins look like tombstones. And the remote hills and hollows of the beautiful Ozark mountains conceal murder and mayhem. Abandoned for a time by both armies after the battle of Pea Ridge, the beleaguered land is swept clean by various bands of bushwhackers and guerrillas.Two men struggle to survive: one young, one old. One crippled physically, the other emotionally. The first is white, a veteran of Civil War combat; the other is Indian, left behind on the Trial of Tears. One has lost two friends, and betrayed another into slavery. The other knows betrayal all too well. A beautiful young widow and her son, both wounded in their own way, are marked for death and stalked by an enemy who bears the name of the first murderer, Cain.Two men, both evil, band together with others of their kind like a bunch of outcast dogs. One feels only hatred, the other feels nothing at all.
The stage is set for adventure, revenge and romance in a land ravaged by war
Joe W. Smith & Linda
Author, and Illustrator
Both Joe and Linda (Spurlock) Smith are fifth generations Ozark natives.Both are descended from Scotch-Irish, and in Linda's case, German, and Indianancestry. The original Smith farm is now buried under 150 feet of water,near where the Veteran's Bridges span Lake Norfork in Northern Arkansas.Part of the Spurlock farm in Sharp County is still owned by the Spurlockfamily. Both Linda and Joe had relatives who fought in the Civil War onboth sides, so their roots run deep in the area. Linda is a self-taught artist, Joe has spent 40 years as a high school science teacher in the Ozarks. Joe has also worked,(summers, nights, and weekends) as a lumber stacker, factory worker, livestock buyer, park ranger, stockman, fisheries biologist, woodcutter, truck driver, ferry deckhand, mobile home mover, nurseryman, bus driver, environmental technician, and chemist in the gas fields of Central Arkansas. Smith became interested in the Ozarks segment of the Civil War by listening to his Uncle Woodrow Smith's accounts of the family's involvement in this great conflict. As he started researching the stories told by his uncle, Smith realized that the guerilla warfare along the Arkansas-Missouri Border had largely been ignored by mainstream Civil War writers. The Smiths have done extensive research on the Civil War and have started a series of historical stories that depicted the period in which the Ozarks spawned such characters as Wild Bill Hickok, along with the James and Younger boys, whose relatives still live in the area. There were many other lesser known characters, and the Smiths seek to include their stories as well.The Smith's Civil War stories are; Blessed Are The Peacemakers, and Sultana! They are currently working on several more books about the border war, including Jesse Cleaver's Foot, and Paths of Judgment. The Smiths have also written and illustrated several books of humorous Ozark stories. This series of books is titled Ring-Tail Tooters and Yeller Bad'Uns.