It’s called Fortin’s Furs and it’s the 7th book of the Mountain Man Series.
You can find the book online at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and a few other places.
It’s a reboot of sorts, a way to keep the series going after John Colter exits the stage (he died in 1813).
I had fun writing this book, and a large part of that is due to the historical nature of the writing.
What I did was follow the Astoria Expedition as they went overland starting in July 1811. They had a helluva time of it, especially as they got to the Snake River in Idaho around October.
Here are some images of that:
You can see that the river starts out pretty tame, and ends that way as it heads into the Columbia.
For much of it, however, you get that constricting nature where there isn’t much room to move along the banks.
Worse, you get lots of waterfalls, some of them dangerous like Caldron Linn here:
That’s about as far as the party made it, and that’s about as far as we get in this book.
Besides the Astoria Expedition we have the quest for the furs cached by trapper Case Fortin in 1809 or so.
You’ll remember the characters of Schaefer, Rose, Sal, Daniels and Jeffrey from the earlier books.
They head out after those furs, and even spot some places we know…like Maiden’s Rock here:
That was around the Bozeman area until the 1960s when the interstate came through.
So those are some images from this book. I end the book in November 1811 and I pick up the second volume of this leg of the series right there as well.
I’m about 20,000 words into the second book and I’m having a lot of fun writing it.
I call it 'second book' because I consider this portion of the Mountain Man Series to be new. It’s also a great place for new readers to pick things up.
So please take a look at the book on Amazon or the other retailers. It’s a fun read that you’ll enjoy.