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Scalp Mountain

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  6 reviews
It’s 1876 at Scalp Mountain and Colum McNeal is fleeing gunmen sent by his Irish-immigrant father. Colum pioneers a Texas ranch, a home which means everything to him, but struggles to stay there: José Ortero, a Jacarilla Apache, seeks revenge for the son Colum unwittingly killed.
At the same time, an old acquaintance, Mason Lohman, obsessively stalks Colum through the borde
Kindle Edition, 441 pages
Published February 19th 2012 by Julia Robb
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Rich Weatherly
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Scalp Mountain is historical fiction and I’m a big fan of this genre. Before writing this story, Julia Robb did extensive research about the history and geography of the region. It shows.

That said, this book has much in common with literary fiction. Throughout most of the story we see the vast expanse of the southern plains, the Guadalupe and Davis Mountains, Rio Grande River and surrounding territory. Julia Robb uses vivid, lyrical prose to show us this landscape. While reading, I was
Meg - A Bookish Affair
I love historical fiction but I can get tired of reading about the same places, people and events over and over again. I love when an author can take me to a new place and time. Julia Robb does just that with Scalp Mountain. The author takes us to late 1800s Texas and the surrounding areas. At that point in time, the middle part of the country was still wild. The white people who ventured out west from the East Coast were often the only people of their race for a long time. To say that there was ...more
This is Western elivated to historical fiction. Scalp Mountain is set during the last desparate days of the Texan-Indian wars, and this book makes the whole thing come alive. It was long, it was bloody, and it was complicated. The main character, Colum McNeal, is a horse trader who can't get away from his past, or from the white murders on his trail, or his own personal tormenter. He falls in love with a woman. She's kidnapped by a bad Apache, and Colum goes on a personal mission to bring her ho ...more
Marta Moran Bishop
Julia Robb’s novel Scalp Mountain, delves deeply into the Southern Plains’ Indian Wars. It takes place in 1876, and is rich in both its history and cultural understanding of both the time and people who populated this area during these morally complex times.

For anyone who loves a good tale of the old west, one that will bring to life the period with all its tragedy, murder, and prejudice that was rampant this is the book for you.

Ms. Robb paints a picture of life, love, and hate that will leave y
The most intriguing novel of the west I have ever read.

Scalp Mountain introduces you to an era of no easy answers. The characters are realistically complex and the situations ring true. Julia Robb has written a novel that reflects the true strength and weakness of Texans and Comanches at a point in time where the both were struggling to survive each other. She draws you into the life of Colum McNeal as tries to come to grips with the things he has done in the midst of doing the things that he kn
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Because my father was attending Centenary College, in Shreveport, Louisiana, when I was born, I was born in the Shreveport hospital. My parents are from Texas and we returned home when I was two weeks old. Not being born on Texas soil was a source of great shame for me as I was growing up (my four sisters and brothers knew this and teased me constantly). We Texans love our state. I have now lived ...more
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