"If history were taught in the form of stories it would never be forgotten." Rudyard Kipling.
Bill's eighth novel, High Rider, is the fact-based fictionalized account of John Ware who was born a slave on a rice plantation in South Carolina and through the sheer force of his will and skill at the cowboy trade became one of the most successful independent ranchers in southern Alberta. But there was much adventure on the long road that took him from South Carolina to Texas to Montana and finally to Canada. High Rider is a compelling story of a great Canadian.
A Canada's History best seller, High Rider has won a Bronze Medal for Best Canadian Fiction Canada West!
"This story is historical writing at its best, with details of everyday life in the West, the heartfelt troubles John faced throughout his travels, and interactions that provide depth and life to every character." Historical Novel Society
Tales that begin in the 17th century and end in the 20th, of white slaves, a would-be explorer and the woman who fulfilled his dreams, an old-time bandit, gold-seekers, a scam, a war that wasn’t a war, the Mountie who was instrumental in the peaceful settling of the Canadian West, the outlaws who terrorized British Columbia’s Nicola Valley, a 22-year-old boy who flew a bomber deep into Germany to blow up a dam during WWll, a search for a missing aircraft in Canada’s Arctic, and many more.
"Memorable songs...akin to (those) of Stan Rogers and James Keelaghan. ... songs such as The Last Battle (and) Augustus & Catherine...have become as integral a part of the Canadian folk repertoire as Stan Rogers' Northwest Passage and Gordon Lightfoot's Early Morning Rain." Northern Journey (The bible of Canadian folk music)
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