I really like this author's writing style and his ability to tell an exciting spellbinding tale. My first exposure to Terry Grosz was his western novel, Josiah Pike. I liked it so much that I bought 7 more books that he wrote.
Crossed Arrows is a captivating novel set in the early 1800's when a farming couple were killed in an early morning surprise attack by savage Indians. Seeing her husband, Lemuel killed while plowing their fields, baby Jacob's mother, Sarah hid him under a wheelbarrow before the being raped and murdered by the raiding war party.
Lemuel's brother, Zeke and his wife, Margaret raised Jacob and taught him how to survive in those dangerous times in the wilderness.. Jacob grew into a big and powerful young man, a crack shot with rifle and pistol, able to defend himself with a tomahawk, knife as well as his guns. He longed for adventure.
Jacob's adoptive parents were saddened by Jacob's decision to leave home in 1829 and travel with his best friend, Martin, his long-time Delaware Indian friend who was also 16 years old. They wanted to go west and experience life .
Heading to St. Louis, Missouri on horseback, hunting, skinning, and preparing they on meals from the hunt, the two signed up as independent contract hunters for a fur trapping and trading expedition on April 7, 1830 in the wilderness trapping beaver Indian territories.
With odds not in their favor the young men were successful in their hunting and trading adventure while fighting off criminals, savages, and wild animals like grizzly bears and wolves in the unexplored hostile Trans-Mississippi west where about 25 percent of the company employees were killed killed each year in that hostile environment.
This is an exciting tale that kept me reading well into the night in anticipation of what would happen to these brave young men. It was non stop action from beginning to end that I thoroughly enjoyed and bet you will too.
I recommend this compelling book to family, friends, and others who enjoy this genre. I am already enjoying the next book, Curse of the Spanish Gold in the mountain man series.