If asked to list my favorite contemporary authors, Cameron Judd would no doubt rank high. Judd most notably made a name for himself in Westerns, a genre I am not particularly interested in. But he also has delved deeply into Historical Fiction, which from the time I read my first Michener novel has been a literary style that captures my inaginiation.
My appreciation for Judd is reinforced as I finish up the last pages of his work on Daniel Boone just this afternoon.
Judd has written extensively about the history of Tennessee, his home state, with two trilogies, and a few independent biographies of the pioneers.
To date I have read:
Tennessee Frontier Trilogy:
The Overmoutain Men (1757-1777)
The Border Men (1778-1783)
The Canebrake Men (1785-1800)
Mountain War Trilogy:
Shadow Warriors (1860-1863)
Phantom Legion (1863)
Season of Reckoning (1864-1866)
I first read the two trilogies several years ago. But when we returned to East Tennessee I took them off the shelves to re-read. The Historical Markers now almost seem to have life as I occasionally explore the region on days off.
I think the next Judd work I’ll tackle is his historical work, Bridge Burners.