In Honor Among Outcasts, book two of his Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy, Ed Protzel offers a glimpse into a time and place that pit neighbor against neighbor in America’s most bloody conflict—the Missouri-Kansas border war of 1863.
As much morality tale as history lesson, Honor Among Outcasts weighs the bonds of friendship and loyalty against personal risk, using actual events such as Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kansas, and the Union army’s infamous Order No. 11.
After their harrowing escape from Mississippi, abolitionist Durksen Hurst, his fiancée Antoinette DuVallier, and their friends — a group of undocumented slaves — land in guerrilla-infested Civil War Missouri, the most savage whirlwind of destruction, cruelty, and death in American history.
Trapped in a terrifying cycle of murder and revenge, scarred by Quantrill’s cold-blooded Lawrence massacre and the Union army’s ruthless Order Eleven, Durk and everyone he cares for soon find themselves entangled in a struggle for their very survival.
Honor Among Outcasts takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey of desperate men and women caught up in the merciless forces of hatred and fear that tear worlds apart, and the healing power of friendship to bring them together.
Protzel has completed three novels, five original screenplays for feature film and developed scripts/projects for 20th Century Fox. The first book in his DarkHorse Trilogy, The Lies That Bind, was his first published work; the trilogy will conclude with Something in Madness. He holds a master’s in English literature/creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a B.A. in English/humanities from the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu. Protzel lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
The book will be released February 2, 2018, by TouchPoint Press.