Crofton's Fire by Keith Coplin

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In 1876, a green second lieutenant named Crofton barely escapes Little Bighorn-where, before Crofton's startled eyes, Custer is killed by his own enraged men-only to find that his life's adventures have just begun. Over the next three years, curiosity, fate, and the schemes of others will take him halfway around the world, from a "whore's war" in Kansas to a rebellion in Cuba to the horrors of the Zulu war in East Africa. Along the way, he will encounter such figures as Grant, Sherman, and Hayes; get shot; find love; endure betrayal-and somehow, through the crucible of blood and fire, arrive at something that might be called wisdom.

Crofton's Fire is a constantly surprising story, replete with lean, sharp writing, vivid characters, and unexpected turns-that rarest of all things: a true discovery.

About Keith Coplin

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Keith Coplin is a professor at Colby College in Kansas. His articles, stories, and poems have appeared in many publications. He is at work on his second novel.
Published January 1, 2004 by Penguin Putnam. 266 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The very likable young Lt. Crofton’s story begins with his fortunate escape from the carnage at the detested General Custer’s last stand followed by his failure to dodge a bullet from the derringer in the hand of the breathtakingly pretty and young whore he will marry upon recovery.

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After being shot in the chest by a French whore he's attempting to rescue, he sees action on the steamy shores of revolutionary Cuba, shoots his way out of a Ku Klux Klan siege, toils behind a desk in Washington, D.C., and ends up fighting alongside gallant British comrades in the East African Zu...

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Entertainment Weekly

''Crofton's Fire'' follows the 19th-century adventures of a young cavalry lieutenant who escapes the battle of Little Big Horn, embarks on a life-altering mission to settle a frontier dispute over a prostitute, and eventually winds up in Africa fighting Zulus alongside the British army.

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