Crack in the Sky continues the development of the young Titus Bass as he gradually learns the lore of the mountain man. From a raucous rendezvous of trappers to a searing fight with Comanche, from a frigid winter's chill to the angry heat of a chase with horse thieves, Titus Bass's West comes alive in the pages of this remarkable novel--and in its final scene, Titus Bass will meet young Josiah Paddock and form the deep friendship explored in the pagers of Carry the Wind.
Another great mountain man saga featuring Titus Bass
By Joe G. Brannen "Voracious Reader" - May 17, 1998
The problem with prequels is that eventually they bring you up to a time that you've already covered. Such is the sad case with "Crack in the Sky". The book is one of the best in the Titus Bass saga, and it's sad that it ends with the events that begin the first Titus Bass novel (though the fourth chronologically), "Carry the Wind". Each of the Titus Bass series are books I'll read over and over. There have been some great mountain man books in the past (A.B. Guthrie's "The Big Sky" comes to mind), but Johnston's are among the very best. Pick any Titus Bass novel and dig in--by the end of the book, you'll know this character through and through. You'll experience the harshness and reality of life on the frontier and in the Rockies during the early part of the 19th century. You'll also enjoy the simple but boisterous pleasures of that time. And you'll experience the bloody battles that were fundamental to survival. Viva Terry C. Johnston! Please... read more
Titus Bass; A man you'd be proud to call friend...
By DThom16588@aol.com - December 5, 1998
I've loved Johnston's books as I have read them all; however,the books with Titus Bass have come to be a truly special experience that is rare. Titus Bass is the kind of man you what for a friend. A person to trust and count on when life isn't going perfect. It's both sad and happy to read (even though not real)about a man of the mountains that you'd wish to share his time and space; proud to call him friend. Now, excuse me while I read them again and again... read more
Johnston shows why he is the best western historical writer.
By Bob Johnson(email@example.com) - January 10, 1998
Terry C. Johnston has added considerably to his achievements with this 'prequel' to his original Mountain Man trilogy. This book is the last of the prequel trilogy, and goes a long way to bring his memorable character Titus Bass full circle. What is monumental is the scope and realism of this book, as well as the extremely well-written action sequences. Some writers do action scenes so that they confuse a reader, but Johnston remains focused throughout, and although it may be a cliche, a reader can almost smell the powdersmoke in his battle scenes. In addition, Johnston handles personal interactions and relationships extremely well. i am particularly drawn to Titus Bass and his musings on the women in his life, and whether he is cut out to be a loner, or should he seek companionship. It is an issue that tears at the character, and Johnston succeeds in making him three-dimensional. As in all of his novels, Johnston makes you care about his protagonists, and even fleshes out secondary... read more
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