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The Missouri River Murders [Kindle Edition]

David E. Unruh
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Captain Culpepper refurbished his steamboat to withstand the rigors of navigating the Missouri River from St. Louis to Fort Benton, Montana. The vessel would be the largest steamboat to ever make the trip, but it was well equipped, powerful, and had a shallow draft. He hired the most competent pilots and officers available as well as a young Civil War veteran, Danny Barton, to keep the peace on board. The Captain's careful preparations promised an uneventful trip, but that was before he took on passengers. A variety of characters booked passage on the river boat, including three deadly brothers, a Union traitor, a woman fleeing her past, and a girl seeking to avenge her brother's death. Add to this the treacherous, muddy Missouri River with her snags and sandbars, marauding Indians, incompetent wharfmasters and flatboat operators, and it will take all of the Captain's resolve and his crew's skill to avoid disaster.

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About the Author

David E. Unruh is a retired fire department battalion chief/paramedic. He makes his home on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, where he writes, reads and plays professional guitar on the weekends.
The Missouri River Murders is David's second book, his first, Train to Cheyenne is also available.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1230 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore (June 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PJXGN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different type of western October 24, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I don't care for westerns and picked this one up by mistake.
I decided to give it a try because it was about steam boats instead of rustlers and I thought it might be interesting.

It's a good story about a fateful voyage of a river boat up the Missouri in the immediate post-Civil War days.
There's an interesting group of people aboard from a captain who was accused of cowardice during the war, his young lieutenant who serves as the boat lawman, a cold blooded murderer, some canny river pilots, and a boy who isn't what he seems.

The author knows something about steam boats, rivers, and guns unlike many writers and it's a short easy read.
For something a little different than the usual, I recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Missouri River Murders February 9, 2013
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It is relatively fast moving book with twists and turns that one likes in a mystery. It did seem to be in a reality time frame.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SKILLED JOURNEYMAN WRITER STYLE, ELEGANT. December 20, 2012
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DOWNLOADED TO KINDLE AND COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. THIS AUTHOR IS TO BE WATCHED AND CAREFULLY AWAIT HIS NEXT OFFERING. HE WILL MAKE HIS MARK IN LIFE AS AN AUTHOR. THERE IS SOMETHING VERY CATCHY AND ELEGANT IN HIS STYLE. I LIKE THE WAY HE BRINGS THE MYSTERY TOGETHER WITH WIDELY SEPARATED EVENTS CONVERGING TO AN OUTCOME JUST EXACTLY AS MODERN LIFE REALLY IS AND THE TALE IS ABOUT SOMETHING LONG,LONG AGO. MAKES IT VERY REAL TO THE READER AND VERY READABLE. A GREAT, GREAT BOOK FOR A RAINY STORMY DAY BUT BE PREPARED FOR A FEW HOURS WHEN YOU HAVE TIME TO FINISH IT. AS I SAID, ONCE YOU START IT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN UNTIL FINISHED. IT IS REALLY THAT GOOD. REMINDS ME OF MARK TWAIN.....TO SAY IT SIMPLY. ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT HIM IS THAT I WILL READ ALL HE WRITES.......FOR CERTAIN. I LIKE THIS AUTHOR.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Missouri River Murders June 9, 2014
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What a fun and interesting read. The time period written about made the murder mystery even more intriguing. Unruth has a great writing style that kept me turning pages well after reasonable bedtime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book March 19, 2014
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Early story could have been developed a bit better and earlier. Plot as to why character was traveling as a woman was stretched a bit. but still abundant historical references and quite entertaining
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Missouri River Murders February 12, 2014
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This is a good and interesting read. Not too heavy in detail about the mechanics of a steamship as to be laborious, though you will be able to learn quite a bit about steamship travel. Steamship traveling was good for its day but fraught with many dangerous obstacles, including tricky river conditions and people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good historic fiction February 2, 2014
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As a 20th century navigator really enjoyed this adventure. Well researched river lore. Best river book since Mark Twain 's Mississippi River books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Missouri River Murders January 12, 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised since someone had suggested I read this book. This was a exciting an fast paced story. The characters of this book were well thought out. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it started a little slow but then the ...
I thought it started a little slow but then the next thing I knew I wanted to be able to just sit and read to find out what was going to happen. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kate
2.0 out of 5 stars First novel?
This story got good in the middle, then just needed. There was very poor grammar throughout the story. I thought this was going to be a mystery but then the story just fizzled.
Published 11 months ago by Rhonda Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I liked the formality/organization of the crew and the scenes that you would expect aboard a riverboat. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David R. Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Riverboat Lore
Well written. Tight plot which moves along. Teaches you about life on a riverboat and how it works. Great read!
Published 13 months ago by James G. Hermes
3.0 out of 5 stars The Missouri River Murders close but no cigar.
Enjoyed the read but thought is was a little disappointing. Good setting and basic plot but short on drama and too plodding.
Published 16 months ago by Michael L. Sowards
3.0 out of 5 stars good summer beach reading
I just finished the Missouri River Murders. I liked the authors style of introducing the characters, each in their own mini chapter. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paula Bridges
3.0 out of 5 stars The Missouri River Story flows
This story has all of the captivating characters but for me it lacked charactor of the smell of things that could actually happen.... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cyndi Barningham
2.0 out of 5 stars Only made it six pages into it.
Didn't grab me. Didn't buy the premise. Did not care much for the writing. You may find it more interesting.
Published 18 months ago by Warren W. Wiley
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