Horizons West

Horizons West

by Harold G. Ross

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Born near Tain, Scotland and the Great Glen, John Ross, the son of a Scottish warrior became engaged in many hair-raising adventures during his youth. At eighteen he travels to America in 1774 to escape persecution and death. Settled in Virginia, he fights for his new land in the Revolutionary War. Then, in the long tradition of family warriors, his grandson James enlists with the Confederacy. In, 1870 after five years of reconstruction
following the Civil War, James and his young family move to Kansas to homestead in the Welcome Community on Upper McDowell Creek.

I am moved to pen the story of the Ross clan for those others of us to come, who may one day wonder why this land, America, holds such meaning for us.
In but nine more years it will have been one hundred since Grandfather John Ross left his own beloved braes and glens of Scotland in search of new horizons, with the will to survive a mighty force burning strong within him, as he longed for a national peace and personal tranquility.
I write to tell you first of where the Ross clan has been, and then to where it has now come, in these verdant hills of Virginia, after a torment anew within our adopted nation.
I pray that the Almighty would somehow finally grant, to us all, that unity and peace which we have so long sought.
James Franklin Ross, 1865

5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling, original, and highly recommended narrative, February 13, 2003
Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)
This review is from: Horizons West (Paperback)
Set in America during the Civil War (and with a side look at Scotland), Horizons West by Harold G. Ross is the story of the Ross clan being caught in the national rift that precipitated years of blood and misery, turning brother against brother over questions of ideas, idealism, loyalties and politics. Written with a distinctively Old West flavor, and deftly presenting a harsh and tragic view of America's internal conflict, Horizons West is a powerful, emotional, compelling, original, and highly recommended narrative to anyone who enjoys the kind of historical novel that simply grips the reader's total attention from first page to last.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940014899413
Publisher: Harold G. Ross
Publication date: 09/18/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 615,828
File size: 221 KB

About the Author

Harold G Ross spent his early years on farms northeast and southwest of Junction City, Kansas, where he attended Grandview country school through the third grade. The remainder of his boyhood years were spent east of Manhattan, in the rolling Flint Hills of Kansas, where he attended Oak Grove country school, then Woodrow Wilson city school, and Manhattan High School. He attended Kansas State University for a year.
After college, Ross worked in the construction industry as surveyor, draftsman, inspector, estimator, and superintendent. He formed Ross and Michel Construction Company with Bill Michel, and subsequently the Ross and Michel Development Company, building and managing commercial properties.
After retiring he started writing poetry as a hobby and in the 1990’s and in 2001 published his first historical novel Brannick.
Horizons West is Ross’s second historical novel of the Western Genre.

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