AN UNCOMMON ENEMY
Captain Brad Randall, an aide of General Custer, is given the task of escorting Eden Murdoch, a former captive of the Cheyenne, to Reliance, KS. Reverend Lowell and his wife Mary are the only people in the small community willing to house a white woman who suffered at the hand of the Indians.
As Brad discovers more about Eden's life with the Cheyenne, he begins to question his purpose as a military officer under General Custer's command. Complicating matters of his heart are liaisons with the prostitute Tessa and his engagement to Amanda, who remains in Washington with her powerful father.
Ms. Black has done an outstanding job of integrating historical facts with the lives of the players in this very moving novel. Her extensive research enables her to vividly describe the life that a white captive may have lead amongst her Indian captors. In doing so, this author acquaints the reader with a very admirable heroine whose ability to survive against insurmountable odds gives her an ethereal quality. (Sep., 400 pp., $6.99)