Killed by Indians 1871 Alan C. Huffines (Texas Wesleyan University Press, $20.88)

killed-indians-1871_alan-c-huffinesBritt Johnson, a former slave, is put to the ultimate test to reclaim his family after a band of Kiowa takes them during the Elm Creek raid in 1864 Texas.

Based on true events, this remarkable novel captures the essence of the human being and brings to light the horrid degradations that were the daily life of Johnson’s wife and grandmother. The book trailer on is also powerful and evocative, leaving you on the edge of your seat wanting more. The book itself delivers on that promise of a story well told. Make sure you still have all your hair after reading this daring account. (Disclosure: Alan C. Huffines is the magazine’s Military Editor.)

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