Calamity Jane: How the West Began is set in 1860's Montana, featuring Jane, who readers love as a strong female character. They also become engrossed in a compelling story that has a wealth of historical detail, introducing an whole new aspect of an era they thought they knew.
The Book has been published via Dragon Tree Books and is available as eBook and Paperback - 176 pages - released in August 2016.
About the Book
Opens with the well-documented but little-known episode in Calamity Jane's youth where she had to beg in the streets of a frontier Montana town with her little sister in tow, scorned for reasons unknown.
Soon though, she makes a name for herself through her exploits, wins friends and becomes the toast of the town.
Murder and robbery stalk all who travel the surrounding trails, however, and Jane thinks she knows who is responsible.
Can she and her new friends rally forces to clean the place up?
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- "This is one of the very best historical fictions that I have ever read! It is as balzy and wild as Calamity Jane was, herself. It is full of action and intrigue. It happens like some fireworks set off one at a time (each story within a story) until the climax, when the dynamite goes off! Ka-boom! It is so exciting![...]" - C.M. Anderson
- "It was immensely enjoyable and has such interesting points (no spoilers) that it's always interesting. I had been looking for new things to read, and was glad this was brought to my attention!" - Matthew B. (Amazon)
- "A fascinating fictional story of the old west. The author should be applauded for the historical research embedded into the storyline." - Amazon Review
- "[...] This coming-of-age tale wouldn't be enough to support an entire novel, so Ney introduces a crime plot inspired by the real-life case of Henry Plummer, who was said to have led a gang of outlaws. Well situated in the tradition of frontier town novels, such as Jack Schaefer's "Shane..." A light, fun, and atavistic Western novel!" - Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
|Author Bryan Ney|
Probably he was drawn to the story by the same interest in justice that made him a member of his hospital's bioethics committee for two decades and more. Seeing an opportunity to rectify what seemed to be universal ignorance of this episode, Dr. Ney did what anyone in Malibu would do in this situation-he spent twenty years off and on writing a spec screenplay, naturally with the doctor as the protagonist.
That never quite worked, so finally he hit upon the idea of writing Calamity Jane in as the main character, though she had come to the area a few months after the vigilante episode in historical fact. He also changed from screenplay to a novel, as no one ever reads spec screenplays anyway.
Dr. Ney now dreams of retiring so that he may enjoy a second career banging out sequels in his local Starbucks.
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