Books in Common NW: Michael Punke

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 7:30pm

Explore the immersive new saga RIDGELINE from Michael Punke, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Revenant


Books in Common NW welcomes #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Revenant - Michael Punke to share his thrilling, long-awaited return to fiction with Ridgeline.

Throughout this taut saga--based on real people and events--Michael Punke brings the same immersive, vivid storytelling and historical insight that made his breakthrough debut so memorable. As Ridgeline builds to its epic conclusion, it grapples with essential questions of conquest and justice that still echo today.

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In 1866, with the country barely recovered from the Civil War, new war breaks out on the western frontier--a clash of cultures between a young, ambitious nation and the Native tribes who have lived on the land for centuries. Colonel Henry Carrington arrives in Wyoming's Powder River Valley to lead the US Army in defending the opening of a new road for gold miners and settlers. Carrington intends to build a fort in the middle of critical hunting grounds, the home of the Lakota. Red Cloud, one of the Lakota's most respected chiefs, and Crazy Horse, a young but visionary warrior, understand full well the implications of this invasion. For the Lakota, the stakes are their home, their culture, their lives.

As fall bleeds into winter, Crazy Horse leads a small war party that confronts Colonel Carrington's soldiers with near constant attacks. Red Cloud, meanwhile, seeks to build the tribal alliances that he knows will be necessary to defeat the soldiers. Colonel Carrington seeks to hold together a US Army beset with internal discord. Carrington's officers are skeptical of their commander's strategy, none more so than Lieutenant George Washington Grummond, who longs to fight a foe he dismisses as inferior in all ways. The rank-and-file soldiers, meanwhile, are still divided by the residue of civil war, and tempted to desertion by the nearby goldfields.

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Michael Punke is the author of several books including The Revenant, a #1 New York Times bestseller and basis for the Academy Award-winning film. In his diverse professional career, Punke has served as the US ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, history correspondent for the Montana Quarterly, and an adjunct professor at the University of Montana. As a high school and college student, he worked summers as a "living history interpreter" at Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming. He lives with his family in Montana and is an avid outdoorsman.

Ridgeline: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250310460
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 1st, 2021

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250101198
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Picador - October 6th, 2015

Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062970091
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Harper Perennial - June 9th, 2020

Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401308896
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - August 14th, 2007

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