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Counting Coup: The Odyssey of Captain Tom Adams
by Bob Stockton   

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Category: 

Western

Publisher:  Xlibris Press ISBN-10:  1483606937 Type: 
Pages: 

208

Copyright:  Mar 4, 2013 ISBN-13:  9781483606934
Fiction

The story of the way west in the early nineteenth century was often a tale of danger, death and unspeakable suffering. The early trappers and mountain men forged the trails westward for the pioneers that followed and became part of the legend of the American West.

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The story of  the way west in the early nineteenth century was often a tale of danger, death and unspeakable suffering. The early trappers and mountain men forged the trails westward for the pioneers that followed and became  part of the legend of the American West. Of this hardy breed of early venturers one name stands out above the rest: Kit Carson. Many stories of his bravery, often wildly exaggerated filled eastern bookshelves of the day.
How much of what was written was true and how much was fantasy? Cavalry officer Captain Tom Adams vowed to seek the truth behind the legend and along the way faced near shipwrecks, attempted assassinations, Indian massacres, murder, and torture in an odyssey that he never believed would have been possible.


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This morning as I was preparing to use the hall bath I became acquainted with the gentleman who occupies the room across from me. Exiting the bath he introduced himself to me with a booming voice and sweeping bow as “Norton I, Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico!” I must say that he hardly looked the part to me clad only in his undershirt and braced trousers. While the man seems a bit unbalanced he does not appear to be a danger. I returned his bow as grandly as I could muster and returned his greeting with an “honored to make your acquaintance, excellency.” The Emperor gave me a rather suspicious look and continued on to his “quarters.” I expect we shall meet again at the breakfast table.



Professional Reviews

MWSA reviews Counting Coup
Jim Greenwald, lead reviewer for the Military Writers
Society of America haas reviewed counting Coup:

MWSA Review



"Stockton has written an interesting story on the

old west with an even more interesting approach.

Using journal like entries to introduce characters

and the story line he draws readers in quickly to

what unfolds to be a great read.



This is not Hollywood glorification but rather a

carefully written story focused on what really

happened. Kit Carson is the main character

focus. He is trying to assemble a true and

accurate story of what actually occurred and

does it well. This is a great book, history buffs will love it.



Reviewed by: Jim Greenwald (2013)



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