Richard S. Wheeler writes novels that run the gamut from shoot-em-up rip roarin' tales to gripping historical novels set in the West. He does traditional westerns and he does terrific historicals.
Wheeler's best known series novels are those crafted around a scruffy renegade mountain man named Barnaby Skye. At last count, there were 16 Barnaby Skye novels in print, though I haven't kept up personally in recent years. The Skye character was shanghaied into the British Navy, jumped ship in the Pacific Northwest, and settled in as a mountain man, trapping and living with the Indians. He earned a reputation as a man of true justice, fearless courage, fearsome battle, and tenderness with his two Indian wives, Victoria and Mary.
But Wheeler has written much more, with a body of more than 60 novels and numerous short stories and anthologies to his credit. He has won numerous awards from his peers, including Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime contributions to Western literature -- both honors from the Western Writers of America, the premier professional guild for Western writers.
If you want a fun, exciting Western page turner, get one of Wheeler's books. If you want thoughtful, beautifully written historical drama, get one of Wheeler's books. If you have any interest whatsoever in the life and times of the Old West -- you can't find better than Wheeler's books.
And he's a genuinely gentle, nice man, too. Can't beat that combination in a writer!