The Wild West just got wilder. A band of eclectic characters pursue and are pursued by a psychotic, cannibalistic, and sexually deviant serial killer in remote 1867 Montana Territory. Among the pursuers are a beautiful blond paleontologist from Philadelphia, an exotic Arapaho princess, a transgender Pinkerton agent, and various circus performers. A mountain man and owner of a secret gold mine, a very short sheriff who doubles as a circus clown, a paraplegic Irish leprechaun, a sanctimonious fire and brimstone preacher, and the prodigal dog join the parade, among others. Tasked with keeping each other alive in harrowing situations, they are forced to endure the misogyny, racism, and homophobia of virtual strangers and develop a bond of loyalty despite the danger, disease, and death around every corner. They live by the motto: ‘Don’t give up; don’t ever give up,’ especially when one of them is in the death grip of a giant gator. The question becomes how many are going to die before justice is served. During the course of the adventure, the paleontologist Lady Hannah Monroe makes monumental scientific discoveries and one objective becomes to get dinosaur fossils Back East to her sponsor Professor Joseph Leidy at the Academy of Natural Sciences. She is a precursor to Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope who waged Bone Wars a decade later in these same badlands that became known as the Hell Creek Formation.
Jack Hazen (Author)
Jack Hazen is an amateur paleontologist and gynecologist. He spends his time near Pittsburgh rooting for the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins or Austin rooting for cowgirls but not Cowboys. He served in the 173d Airborne Brigade in Vietnam and later the war between the sexes. Jack graduated from a Catholic university where his greatest achievements were an “A” in Philosophy of Communism and a “F” in a New Testament course taught by a priest. He was employed as an executive with a Fortune 500 company for many years. An ordained minister, he is fascinated by the conflict promulgated by Young Earth Creationists between religion and science. Favorite Kent (Dr. Dino) Hovind quotation: “I believe that dinosaurs are not only in the Bible, but they have lived with man all through his six thousand year history.” (Kent Hovind PhD dissertation.) Jack’s partner in mischief is a big tomcat named Boob.
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