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Official Website of O'Quinn Enterprises 
Author of "The Soldiers Who Ate Rattlesnakes"
and the soon to be released
"A Knight's Journey of Redemption!"


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The Soldiers Who Ate Rattlesnakes tells the story of three childhood best friends Gar Anderson, Al Alfreddson, and Kevin Dorey, who grow up in the farmlands of Minnesota and are thrust into the bloody battles of America's Civil War!

This is the tale of learning their place in this new union army and showing their heroics and bravery in the famous battles of  Antietam and Gettysburg.  This is also the tale of love, friendship and survival in a notorious prison camp in Georgia named "Andersonville".

After the ending of the war, this ends up being a story of the intensity of trying to get back to the wives, mothers and all other loved one's that they had left behind at home.  Just trying to get home is an adventure all in it's own, especially when the people that you left at home think that you are a dead man!

This then becomes a story of the unbridled journey of searching for the loved ones that are no longer where they were last seen and the adventures and incredible courage that come with trying to recover the past lives and the past loved ones that they once had.

This is mainly the story of fictional characters who live through the perils of the true events of the Civil War, the true events of America's worst steamship accident, and the true tales involved in the post war era that came with the passion to move into the unknown and wild western United States territories that were there only for the indigenous people and the most courageous souls!


I loved the story of the families that fought to stay together. I enjoyed the inclusion of familiar places and some character names. I chuckled over The inclusion of Madame mustache. I have read of her business. The alternating stories kept me engaged. I learned more from the story concerning the Civil War brutality.

I found the book to be violent and bloody, but I suppose the Civil War was a very violent time in our history.  I learned so much about the war and had never heard of Andersonville or the Sultana disaster.  Now I want to learn more about these things.  I am also from Montana and I truly enjoyed the vision that Mr O'Quinn made of the agriculture community.  Plus I loved how he connected all of the storylines about coming home to family!

"The Soldier's Who Ate Rattlesnakes" is the story of the hero 'Siete the Ghost', but it is so much more.  It's a history lesson that covers event, places of historical significances, cultural practices, and social norm of the 1860's.  Simultaneous stories thread their ways through this novel emerging as fine fabric at the end of cliff hangers at the end of each chapter.  There is something for every reader in this book.  This novel will awaken one's curiosity of American history while another reader will be heart warmed by loves true course.  Another person will be immersed in lore, legend and myth.  A highly recommended read.

Review from an an anonymous and please reader that was nice enough to write to me.

Joan F.

A retired and proud member of the agricultural community!

Steve DePuydt

Music teacher and literature aficionado!

Seattle and Tacoma Washington musical director




I grew up in a small agricultural community in central Montana and I was raised on the hard work that comes with being involved with the operations of a several thousand acre farm.  Our farm was surrounded by several very large cattle ranching businesses and I truly enjoyed helping them during the busy times on their operations as well.


I grew up hiking or motorcycling on the mountain trails and kayaking and fishing the rivers during the summer months, and riding snowmobiles in the towering mountains and majestic plains during the winter months.

I have always enjoyed history and was enthralled by the historic sites that have always surrounded me in the great state of Montana.  I have been enamored with the stories of the old west, as well as the history of our great country and also of the history of western civilization.

I do have my degree in history and have been involved with a year long internship at the illustrious C.M. Russell Museum.  I was also involved with the archaeological dig of the original fort in the birthplace of Montana, Fort Benton.  I also lived in the Alberta Bair home for one month, cataloging all of it's vast heritage and collections.  This is now a museum and I am proud to say that I contributed to that!



Eventually I am going to have a store associated with this website that sells my books, along with my mother's much heralded western art prints (She passed away in 2018), and any other items that are made or come from the great state of Montana.  If you would like to represent any of the artists, would like to sell your items, or have a question for any of us.  Please contact us at:

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