Historical Novels of the Old West

Historical Novels of the Old West are a bit different from the classic Western.  Historical novels generally tell of an event or series of events that occurred during a specific time period or on a specific date.  They are stories about the Oregon trail, the Alamo or the Donner Party for instance.  They possess the descriptions of the West and are usually well-researched and presented.  Not usual as gripping, but they have their moments.

One of the writers in the genre is Carol Buchanan, who wrote God’s Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana. The book takes place a bit earlier than most Westerns, 1863, but deals with many of the same elements.  What it lacks are the dramatic views of the scenery.

Other Reads:

Walter van Tilburg Clark, The Ox-Bow Incident

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

Tie My Bones to Her Back by Robert F. Jones

The Missing by Thomas Eidson


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