Birdsong of the Penateka

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Birdsong of the Penateka is an unlikely love story between two members of opposing Comanche tribes. It is a must read for fans of the award-winning: Book 1 of The Arkansas Valley Series, titled: Toward A New Beginning. It continues the exploits of the beautiful Comanche woman, Birdsong, after her successful returning of the children to their White Eye families in the wagon train.


Shortly after embarking on her return trip to the Penateka village, where she is eager to begin her new life as the woman of her beloved man, Running Antelope, Birdsong is taken captive by the Arapaho after she blunders into the path of their hunt for the mighty buffalo. She is then held with the intent of selling her to another plains tribe. But her gift as a 'healing one' earns her her freedom and she becomes entangled in a harrowing adventure that begins soon after she is reunited with Running Antelope and three Comanche braves who had set out to find and rescue her.


When the three well-intentioned Comanche braves are taken prisoner by Crooked Face and his ruthless band of renegade Utes, things quickly become complicated for Running Antelope and Birdsong, shortly after they set out to free their friends.


Along the way, they recruit the help of a collection of unlikely individuals, each of whom has his own reasons for wanting to see Crooked Face dead.


The story is filled with love, hate, vengeance, ruthlessness and persistence on the part of a mixed band of Indians.


The ensuing trek into the harsh and unforgiving lands of the Llano Estacado, of Western Texas and Eastern New Mexico, is one of hardship and tenacity. It is a journey that pits each against the others, and all against the Utes as well as the Lipan and the Mescalero Apaches.

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A Few Reader Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars: Action Packed

By C.T. STRICKLAND, JR on Sept 2, 2013

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Though this book begins with some informative background to continue the journey of Birdsong that started in a previous book series, it soon moves with anticipated action of a rescue mission completed by a combination of many unlikely persons.

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4.0 out of 5 stars: Good story

By Patricia Y Barnes on May 4, 2013

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You can lose yourself in some of Roges' stories. Almost like "being there" and experiencing the dilema's his charactes face.

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5.0 out of 5 stars: Page Turner

By Jan Hynum on Jan 2, 2013

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Birdsong of the Penataki is so very interesting, could not put it down. Have a kindle, therefore, it was faster reading. Learned much about Indian life in general, but absolutely was fasinated with Birdsong. I was mad, sad, glad and shed tears over some parts. I want to check other books of Mr Roger. I am an older person and enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to all ages. I LOVED it. Jan

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4.0 out of 5 stars: Birdsong Returns

By poppa Paul on Aug 10, 2013

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Birdsong, not a bird's song, but the resurcted lfe of a strong character from the last vowel from r.william Rogers' Arknsaw Valley series where an Indian woman plays a big part in the journey. The last novel in which she is captured, and escapes to appear again to the delight of all who loved. Good Indian, White cultures brought in all of his books. Do some more, Mr.Rogers!!!

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4.0 out of 5 stars: Good Indian Western

By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2013

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This little book is a spin-off of the Willard Hansel Series. I really enjoyed reading the book. It is at the same time a good clean Western from an Indian's perspective, a love story, with a Christian bend to it, and filled with action. If you like a good Western, you will enjoy this book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars: Birdsong of The Penetaka

By Linda Freeland on April 13, 2013

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I felt like I was left on a cliff when I read how Birdsong guided the children back to the wagon train. I loved her all along. She was a great character. I was thrilled to be able to read what happened to her after she returned them. Loved this book. Love this author!

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5.0 out of 5 stars: The story of a strong woman

By S.B. on Dec 3, 2014

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This book has quite a bit of violence that can be expected in a western. Birdsong is a character that I have enjoyed reading about. A woman of wisdom and strength. I am giving this novel 5 stars and suggest it to anyone who enjoys western and historical novels.

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