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Product Details

  • Series: Skye's West
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1st edition (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312873107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312873103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,744,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Wheeler's 11th novel in his Spur Award--winning Skye's West series continues the mountain man adventures of Barnaby Skye and his Crow Indian wife, Victoria. The time is 1832, six years after Skye deserted from the Royal Navy to hide out as a fugitive in the wild, harsh mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Skye's reputation as a savvy mountaineer and leader garners a job offer from the prestigious Hudson's Bay Company, but first he must return to London to clear his name. Eager to restore his reputation and see his English family, and assured that a pardon awaits him, Skye agrees to the offer. Accompanied by Victoria, he sails from Oregon on a company ship and straight into trouble. In Mexican California, Skye is recognized as a deserter and must flee the clutches of the Royal Navy, the perfidy of corrupt Mexican officials and the specter of starvation. He and Victoria struggle to return to the safety of the mountains, but first face bandits, an Indian massacre and a hungry grizzly bear. Cohorts in their adventures include a tenacious mongrel named No Name and Alistair Nutmeg, a na?ve, hapless English botanist filled with excitement and little good sense, who provides Skye and Victoria no end of worry as they baby-sit the tenderfoot through the wilderness. Wheeler has a gift for creating believable, convincing characters, and Skye and Victoria are two of his best frontier portrayals. It is their devoted relationship and shared trepidation about the white man's world that endear the reader to this enduring series. The next installment will be much anticipated. (Dec.)
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"Skye is one of the most memorable figures in western fiction since Max Brand's 'Destry'."-Tulsa World

"By the glorious Wheeler . . . . As a westerner, Wheeler is a writer's writer whose prose has the authority of handset type but sparkles like horseshoes on flint rock."-Kirkus Reviews
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Richard Wheeler began a late-in-life career as a novelist at age fifty, and by his seventy-fifth year had written seventy novels. He began life as a newsman and later became a book editor, but turned to fiction full time in 1985.

He started by writing traditional westerns but soon was writing large-scale historical novels and then biographical novels. In recent years he has been writing mysteries as well, some as Axel Brand. His Lieutenant Joe Sonntag series occurs in 1940s Milwaukee, and focuses on life in a big, smoky industrial city just after World War Two.

He has won numerous awards, including the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the literature of the American West, and also six Spur Awards from Western Writers of America.

He grew up in Wisconsin and migrated West, holding newspaper jobs in Phoenix, Oakland, Carson City, and Billings. His wife, Sue Hart, is an English professor at Montana State University in Billings.

He has been focusing more and more on biographical novels. One of these, published in March, 2010, is called Snowbound, and is about the explorer John C. Fremont's tragic fourth expedition. It won a Spur Award.


For a quarter of a century he's largely made his living from writing fiction. That reality astonishes him. In his mid-seventies now, he is still dreaming up new stories.

Note: There are other Richard Wheelers writing books. One is an historian of the Civil War, and another writes histories of the Marine Corps, and another is a social scientist. Richard S. Wheeler is the novelist.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Bevington on February 3, 2010
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CANT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT WHEELER'S BOOKS.I HAVE READ ALMOST ALL OF HIS SKYE NOVELS, ALL ARE A PLUS. IF YOU WANT A LITTLE INSIGHT OF THE OLD WEST, WITH WHITE MANS, INTERCHANGE WITH THE INDIANS.IN MY OPINION A PAGE TURNER.
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By coach W on November 17, 2014
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I am reading Wheeler's Barnaby Skye novels again. It has been a few years since I last read them. Still great Mountain Man books. Wheeler never disappoints all of his books have great story and great characters, they can be read in, or out of order, although I would recommend keeping the order intact. This particular novel, "Going Home," is exceptional, a can't put it down read. No one writes better about the era of the Mountain man than Richard Wheeler.
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By Binaldo Montenegro Jr. on November 5, 2012
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reading the whole series and can`t put them down. you need to offer them all by e-book.already bought the next four.
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By My Review on September 10, 2014
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It had a very good ending
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