In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, Trail Angel, award-winning journalist Derek Catron weaves a thrilling tale of three unforgettable characters: Josey Angel, a Union cavalryman struggling to set aside a violent past and make a life with the woman he loves; Annabelle Rutledge, a Southern war widow who came west to rebuild her family’s fortunes and found love but little peace; and a young Sioux determined to preserve his people’s way of life and earn his warrior name — Crazy Horse.

After Annabelle is seized in a bloody Indian attack, Josey goes on a soul-searing rampage in a daring effort to rescue her. While Crazy Horse plots to kill the white men who have trespassed on his people’s land, he’s tormented by an unrequited love that tears at his sense of honor. Annabelle finds she must thwart a ploy that would slaughter every soldier at the frontier fort where Josey and her friends have taken refuge.

Sympathies will shift. Loyalties are betrayed. The roiling conflicts climax on the bloodiest day of Red Cloud’s War, the only war in which the Indians defeated the army. To survive, Josey and Annabelle must come together to escape the threat of an unprecedented defeat for the army — and a victory at terrible costs for the Indians and Crazy Horse.

At turns thrilling, romantic and poignant, Angel Falls is a page-turner throughout — a worthy successor to a powerful debut.

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