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Echoes of Vengeance
by Roland Cheek
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paperback, 256 pages

A military outpost situated in an isolated region of the Department of the Upper Missouri. An embittered commandant who believes unkind fate kept him from fame and glory during the recent War of Secession. A band of starving Blackfeet stood riddled with small-pox to withdraw to their reservation. A young mixed-breed army interpreter whose aging parents are with the Blackfeet tries to prevent a massacre-in-the-making; he's beaten and dragged to the guardhouse for the attempt.

Thus the stage is set and principal characters in place for the opening pages of Echoes of Vengeance. It's a tangled tale of daring and adventure as the youth flees Echoes from his revenge. From Mississippi dock to Modesto prize ring, from Cherokee Strip to Colorado end-of-track, Jethro Spring treads the line between death and survival, merit and rascality, growth and degeneration



Bloody Merchants' War
by Roland Cheek
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paperback, 287 pages

Second book in the Validiction for Revenge series, featuring the adventures of wanted fugitive, Jethro Spring, mixed race progeny of a mountain man father and a Blackfeet mother.

In the late summer of 1877, Lincoln County, New Mexico wasn't the most peaceable place on earth for a drifter wishing to avoid trouble. With the country's poor farmers and ranchers gripped in bondage by an iron triangle of crooked merch- ants, an oppressive military, and a corrupt Territorial government, the young fugitive eventually chooses sides. But not before learning neither is blameless; that his poor friends are also trampled by their own allies who, in reality, seek to overthrow the corrupt "Santa Fe Ring," so they may replace it with their own dynasty.

Rode hard, discarded early, Jethro Spring rides the whirlwind by surviving while others perish.



Learning to Talk Bear So Bears Can Listen
by Roland Cheek
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paperback, 320 pages
An award winning book, currently in its 5th printing!
List Price: $19.95 •
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God’s music is wind soughing through treetops, dove wings whispering at waterholes, the mournful cry of a lost-in-the fog honker. It’s a harmony that became addictive, and carries even into my dotage. Elk music took me to the dance. Bears--particularly grizzly bears--keep me dancing.

Grizzlies, you see, are the Marine Band of the animal world. They swagger with the calm indifference of an animal who knows he has nothing left to prove. So why does this John Philip Sousa of wildlife resonance-an animal who not only fears not, but cares not--receive such a bum rap from the planet’s most fearsome other creatures--us?

Good question; not all grizzly bears are Jeffrey Dahmers in fur coats. Perhaps that’s the why for this book.



The Phantom Ghost of Harriet Lou and Other Elk Stories
by Roland Cheek
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paperback, 352 pages
Currently in its third printing, second in sales of all Rolands books!
List Price: $19.95

In the beginning there was heaven and earth; and the earth was without form and void and little tow-headed boys wandered around barefoot with hands in pockets because there was nothing upon the land to catch their imagination. And God looked upon His work and saw it was not yet good that no thing existed to challenge those boys. And so an autumn came to pass when eerie whistlings drifted into the valleys from distant mountainsides and the by-then lanky teenage boys threw away their toys and accepted the wapiti challenge that would make them men!

And God and girls saw that it was good.

If you've heard a different version of this story, that's your problem. I heard it but once--this way. And so I became an elk hunter. Then I became infatuated with all creatures, and eventually a believer that God's handiwork is composed of such intricacy that a quest to understand has taken the rest of my life. The Phantom Ghost of Harriet Lou is about that quest.



Chocolate Legs
Sweet Mother Savage Killer?

by Roland Cheek
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paperback, 320 pages
Reprinted within three months of release!
List Price: $19.95

Her story begins as an Ursid Shirley Temple, a cute blond phenom amid the real-live Shangri la of Glacier National Park's most scenic mountain valley. In time, however, the curtsying knockout zoomed to Princess-sized celebrity, demanding more than admiring glances and flashing bulbs of paparazzi cameras. It was those outsized demands and an ever growing haughtiness that attracted official attention.

Chocolate Legs is an investigative journey into the controversial life and death of one of the best known grizzly bears in the world; by a long-time journalist who has lived (and sometimes brushed near death) with the bears.



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The Best Work is Done at the Office
by Roland Cheek
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paperback, 320 pages
List Price: $19.95

Roland Cheek's popular stories of low chuckles and high adventures got their start around wilderness campfires, far from bierstube and beltway. The best of those riveting tales of wild people, wild places, and wild things eventually made their way into newspaper columns and radio scripts. As a result, Roland's audience exploded from a handful of campfire gatherers to a coast-to-coast mushroom cloud numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

Now there's a book composed of the choicest of those stories. My Best Work is Done at the Office is the one for which readers and listeners all over America have repeatedly asked. Now you can see for yourself why Roland Cheek is widely known as America's Rocky Mountain Sage; why his tongue-in-cheek wit is so irreverent, but so relevant; and why fans re-read old newspapers for his columns.



Dance on the Wild Side
A True Story of Love Between Man and Woman and Wilderness
by Roland Cheek and Jane Cheek
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paperback, 362 pages
Of the books he's written, this is Rolands favorite!
List Price: $19.95

When Two People Who Live and Love Make a Life, Instead of Just a Living

It was her idea to compete in a man's world "Competing in a man's world" is the way my wife Jane refers to her growing involvement and enchantment in outdoors adventure. That concept infuriates me. I understand that people must struggle with everyday problems and relationships. I realize love must be learned and earned, and that it can be lost through mistakes or choices made throughtout life. Some might applaud the thought of a lady determined to become her "own woman" in a man's world. Not me. What bothers me is not that my petite wife of more than four decades wants to compete in outdoors proficiency, but where in the hell does she--or anyone else--get the idea that all in nature belongs to men?

This book, then, is about two people in love sharing a life of exciting adventure and growing in the process. In reality it's about everyone over forty who has lived and loved and struggled together toward a common dream. What makes this particular book's storyline remarkable is how many times these people fell on their butts while doing it.

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