Lance J. Dorrel

Brought up on stories and movies of the Old West, I grew up with a passion to learn all I could about the Native American history of the United States. Now, that obsession is my avocation.    No stranger to traveling the American West, I’ve spent time with Native American tribes, learning their customs and ways. Thanks to my research and contacts, I’m able to present history as it has never before been told.  My mission: To look at old things in new ways, informed by oral tradition and written lore.

My Debut Novel

A Dance With Death

An Irish Soldier of Fortune at the Little Bighorn

After a decorated career fighting battles that would become lynchpins of history, Captain Myles Keogh decides his next campaign will be his last. Civilian life – and a love he never dared hope to find – await his safe return.

A few Native American tribes stand stubbornly in the way of a United States eager to heal from civil war and hungry for Black Hills gold. Though the odds are long, one US Cavalry general sees subduing the Indians as a chance to end his career a hero.

Captain Myles Keogh joins this last drive for glory under the banner of that ambitious General… George Armstrong Custer.

A Dance With Death: An Irish Soldier of Fortune at the Little Bighorn is an action-packed, meticulously researched, true-life adventure… that became a legend.

My Next Book

Coming Soon…

The Silent Victorious

Oral Histories of the Native Americans Who Won the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Donovan TaylorLance J. Dorrel and Donovan Taylor are busy  meeting with Cheyenne, Lakota, Arapaho and Crow people to get a clearer picture of events as they truly played out on June 25th, 1876 at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, listening to stories from the relatives of those who were the victors — the Native American People who won the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Donovan Taylor and Lance J. DorrelSome of these oral histories have never been told before. Many show the Battle of the Little Bighorn in a way that does not match the historical record.

Lance and Donovan are once again out on the trail.

Armed with new evidence and looking at old research in new ways, these two ethnographers are chasing history’s greatest mystery.

All this, and more, in The Silent Victorious: Oral Histories of the Native Americans Who Won the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Lance J. Dorrel (author of A Dance With Death: An Irish Soldier of Fortune at the Little Bighorn) and Donovan Taylor, scheduled for release in 2021.

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The West is dead my friend
But writers hold the seed
And what they sow
Will live and grow
Again for those who read

~ Charles M. Russell, 1917