Vaughan's historical about frontier fighters during the Revolutionary War bounds forward effortlessly along the thin line separating the cliche from the banal. In this installment of his continuing saga about yankee rascals and furious frontiersmen, we are presented with 6'4"" Will Markham, quoter of Latin, Greek and Alexander Pope, and killer of Indians. Markham has collected fifteen Indian scalps in vengeance for his scalped and murdered parents (his father was an ex-Oxford scholar). Fortress Fury is an appellation for Fort Pitt, where much of the story takes place. Markham not only fights Indians who are being supplied by the British, but he also must satisfy the two most beautiful women west of the Alleghenies: blonde and snooty Catherine from London and the French-Indian halfbreed Liz de Plessis. He acquits himselfs nobly with both girls, plus spending all night with a blonde trollop. Conflicting loyalties of the British and Americans and a final massive attack by 2000 united Indians take up the bulk of the plot, which vanishes from memory as soon as the last page is turned.