Ed Protzel

Genre-stretching novelist — Author of darkly ironic thrillers

Honor Among Outcasts

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An abolitionist from Mississippi forms a colored Union army regiment with a dozen runaway slaves in guerrilla-infested Missouri, only to find himself accused of spying for the Confederacy.

After a 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.

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Trapped in a terrifying cycle of murder and revenge, scarred by Quantrill’s cold-blooded Lawrence massacre and the Union army’s ruthless Order No. 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.

Preview the first few chapters of Honor Among Outcasts.

In Praise of Honor Among Outcasts

  Awarded to  Honor Among Outcasts (DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2)  by Ed Protzel

Awarded to Honor Among Outcasts (DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2) by Ed Protzel

"...Everything is stacked against the Dark Horse group, men and women, but through it all they retain their honor... As I read this book I wanted to see the happy ending, I wanted everything to be okay, but true to real life, that isn’t always the case, not everyone will live, not everyone has a happily ever after. There is still another book in this series and I look forward to reading it to see what happens with the remaining Dark Horse members, just maybe they will find peace."
- 5 Stars, Thomas Anderson, Literary Titan (read full review)
"Written by an author with a genuine flair for narrative storytelling, 'Honor Among Outcasts' is a simply riveting read -- and will leave enthralled readers looking eagerly toward the concluding volume 'Something in Madness'."
     - Midwest Book Review, June 2018 Small Press Bookwatch
"...The characters the author has created, showing their strengths and flaws, are strong and identifiable. The story is well developed and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep the reader’s interest...A very good read for...fans of period fiction."
     - Paul F. Johnson, Readers' Favorite (read full review)
"...a page-turner, and even more fast-paced and elaborately plotted than its predecessor. On a few occasions, the story kept me up way too late, as I rooted for the good guys...I learned much from the book, including what happened in Quantrill’s deadly raid on Lawrence, Kansas. Also, I now know why certain parts of Missouri were known as 'Little Dixie.'..."
     - Terry Baker Mulligan, author of "Afterlife in Harlem"

Honor Among Outcasts: 2017 Missouri Writers Guild historical fiction award winner

Ed Protzel reads from HONOR AMONG OUTCASTS: setting up a "colored" Union regiment under a racist general.

Monument to the real soldiers of the 62nd and 65th U. S. Colored Infantry at Lincoln University's Soldiers' Memorial, inspiration for the fictional 9th Missouri State Militia's Colored Cavalry depicted in Honor Among Outcasts. Read blogpost: A Civil War Monument Worth Saluting: Lincoln University’s Soldiers’ Memorial Plaza.

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