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This is a post-Civil War Western centered in western Kansas and Indian Territory. It involves life on the very fringe of America in a world without laws or social structure. The main character is all-in-one a Southern draftee, a galvanized Yankee, and a deserter from both the South and North Armies. He would prefer to just be left alone as he tries to make a new life in the West doing an unpleasant, dangerous task: hostage rescue. It involves trade and warfare with Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, and other tribes. It includes facts about these Indians which are not commonly known.
The main character swept by events into situations and deeds that no one in his right mind would choose if an alternative were available. He tries to live through them as best he can and maintain a sense of honor, but he is capable of great brutality when he thinks it is required. It deals with gun-running, whiskey sales, hostage recovery and with the outlaws who often hid in this environment.
Dorman Lowell Chasteen Jr.
Dorman Chasteen was born in Oklahoma City in 1949. He is a Christian. This story includes many family occurrences. His maternal grandfather was involved in two Indian incidents when he was a boy and his great-great-grandfather was a galvanized (Confederate) Yankee at Fort Laramie at the height of the Great Sioux War. He carried a bullet in his leg until his death in 1915. His paternal great-grandmother stood-off Comanches by holding a broom like it was a rifle. His great uncle was an Indian Agent for the Oglala Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Kiowa when Indian combatants from the Indian Wars were still alive. Dorman has a picture of himself and the last Indian survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn in taken in 1955. Dorman is a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps and an Army veteran with Recondo (shortened Ranger School from 1970s) and Jump qualification. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and father of three grown girls and a step-daughter. He is retired military and Civil Service.