Richard S. Wheeler
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Richard S. Wheeler

Richard Wheeler began a late-in-life career as a novelist in his forties, and by his eightieth year had written over eighty novels, some under pseudonyms. He began life as a newsman and later became a book editor, but turned to fiction full time in 1985.

He started by writing traditional westerns but soon was writing large-scale historical novels and then biographical novels. In recent years he has been writing mysteries as well, some as Axel Brand. His Lieutenant Joe Sonntag series occurs in 1940s Milwaukee, and focuses on life in a big, smoky industrial city just after World War Two.

He has won numerous awards, including the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the literature of the American West, and also six Spur Awards from Western Writers of America.

He grew up in Wisconsin and migrated West, holding newspaper jobs in Phoenix, Oakland, Carson City, and Billings. His late wife, Sue Hart, was an English professor at Montana State University in Billings.

He has been focusing more and more on biographical novels. One of these, published in March, 2010, is called Snowbound, and is about the explorer John C. Fremont's tragic fourth expedition. It won a Spur Award.

For a quarter of a century he's largely made his living from writing fiction. That reality astonishes him. He is still dreaming up new stories.

Note: There are other Richard Wheelers writing books. One is an historian of the Civil War, and another writes histories of the Marine Corps, and another is a social scientist. Richard S. Wheeler is the novelist.

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    • Dodging Red Cloud

    • By: Richard S. Wheeler
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    Three disparate travellers, thrown together, brave the Bozeman Trail but must do their utmost to avoid the fearsome Oglala warrior Red Cloud - for the trail is his bloody hunting ground....

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    • Flint’s Truth

    • The Sam Flint Series, Book 2
    • By: Richard S. Wheeler
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    Sam Flint chooses a small frontier town to launch his newest weekly newspaper. As soon as he hits town, however, he can tell that something is not right....

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    • Montana Hitch

    • By: Richard S Wheeler
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    From the moment Abner Dent spotted Eve in a Maiden dance hall, he knew he wanted her for his wife....

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    • The Two Medicine River

    • By: Richard S. Wheeler
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    Down the eastern slopes of the Rockies, out upon the Great Plains, and into the heart of Blackfeet country flows the Two Medicine River....

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    • Snowbound

    • By: Richard S. Wheeler
    • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
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    When enigmatic 19th-century explorer John Frémont finds himself trapped in the Colorado mountains, he must struggle against man, nature, and himself to overcome the harrowing dangers in his path....

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    • Flint’s Gift

    • By: Richard S. Wheeler
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    It’s 1877, and all over the West, frontier towns have sprung up, drawing those in search of new beginnings after the Civil War.....

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    • Virgin River

    • A Barnaby Skye Novel
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    • Narrated by: James Jenner
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    An English exile, mountain man Skye agrees to lead a wagon train of consumptives to a desert locale - and faces all manner of danger along the way....

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    • Sam Hook

    • By: Richard S Wheeler
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    Meagher County, Montana, is Hereford country. All the ranchers are raising Angus or Hereford cattle - all except Sam Hook....

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    • Where the River Runs

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    Jebediah Owen stepped off the steamboat that brought him to the headwaters of the Missouri and onto the vast, unknown plains of the prairies....

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    • Fool's Coach

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    First, there is Aristotle Scrimshaw who had left his wife and children on their small farm in Wisconsin to pick up some cash in the bustling goldfields of Virginia City....

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