Apache Lament Library Binding – 19 April 2019
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- ISBN-10 : 1432855689
- ISBN-13 : 978-1432855680
- Dimensions : 14.73 x 2.54 x 21.84 cm
- Publisher : Five Star Publishing (19 April 2019)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
"Dearen has indeed done the western novel proud . . . His combining of fiction and fact serves as a prime example of what today's best westerns have become . . . Aside from the author's storytelling gift, what sets Dead Man's Boot apart is Dearen's lyrical description of the geography upon which his story plays out."--Lone Star Literary Life
"Patrick Dearen does well creating strong characters involved in intricate plots and subplots, and he certainly has a way with words . . . A beautifully written, engaging novel."--Roundup Magazine
"The essence of a great read that's hard to put down . . . Plenty of action, suspense, and drama."--San Angelo Standard-Times
About the Author
The author of twenty-three books, Patrick Dearen is a former award-winning reporter for two West Texas newspapers. Dearen has produced nonfiction books such as A Cowboy of the Pecos and Bitter Waters: The Struggles of the Pecos River. His research has led to thirteen novels, including The Big Drift, winner of the Spur Award of Western Writers of America, the Peacemaker Award of Western Fictioneers, the Fiction Book of the Year Award from Academy of Western Artists, and the Elmer Kelton Award from West Texas Historical Association. His other novels include When Cowboys Die, The Illegal Man, Perseverance, and To Hell or the Pecos. Dearen lives in Midland, Texas, and has backpacked the Guadalupe Mountains extensively. See patrickdearen.com for more information.
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The introspective aspect of "Apache Lament" results from Dearen imagining the inner thoughts and emotional turmoils dealt with by a number of the primary characters of his novel. He creatively explores the pain of loss, desires for revenge, the affects of suffering through the extreme cold of the mountains, and the impacts of battle and killing on the protagonists and surviving victims. We understand that life in West Texas during the Indian Wars was brutal for all involved - and powerfully played on their minds.
Avoiding spoiling the novel, the lovely aspect results from the beauty of a relationship that develops between a surviving Apache with an infant child, and one of the Rangers. Far from being a "Hallmark card" kind of ending, Dearen presents effectively the difficulties of cross-cultural communication between the Apache and the Ranger amid the tremendous stesses of escaping the mountains while being pursued, resisting the hatred and evil intents of some white men on the lady, and at the same time dealing with the recent traumas they've both experienced. The outcome is in doubt until the very end.
Used favorite words repeatedly. Did he not have an editor?