This brick has over 600 pages but it's never a tedious read. Reaching the pinnacle of the Plainsmen-series in this volume Terry Johnston wades deep into history and excels with his impressive knowledge of the area and the correct historical facts. Little known history is restored and fictionalized without, looking from a historical perspective, loosing its truth, a feat Johnston has not always succeded in. The only tiny fault is that Johnston repeats himself too often at the end of the novel, repeating word by word a earlier paragraph, clearly something the editor should've discovered before it was printed. ****(*) on the barometer.