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Faraway Blue

Faraway Blue

by Max Evans
     
 

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First published in 1999, Faraway Blue is based on the real-life exploits of Sergeant Moses Williams, former slave, Civil War veteran, and Buffalo Soldier in the Ninth Cavalry Regiment. Included in Moses's story are four women and two men representing the ethnic groups and economic levels found in the late 1800s American Southwest.

At the story's opening,

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First published in 1999, Faraway Blue is based on the real-life exploits of Sergeant Moses Williams, former slave, Civil War veteran, and Buffalo Soldier in the Ninth Cavalry Regiment. Included in Moses's story are four women and two men representing the ethnic groups and economic levels found in the late 1800s American Southwest.

At the story's opening, Williams's cavalry unit has one assignment: kill Apaches in the "faraway blue" mountains of southwestern New Mexico Territory, also known as the Black Range. As a fighter in the white man's campaign to obliterate the Indians and take over their lands, Williams finds a nemesis in Nana, an old Warm Springs Apache warrior who is a tactical genius. Nana leads his small band of followers to repeatedly strike area mining camps and settlements. Both men know they must meet before the end of the war and a maddening cat-and-mouse pursuit ensues.

Williams is sustained by his love for Sheela Jones, a mulatto whom he wants to marry when the army will allow it. But Sheela's love for Moses guides her to take an immense risk just as Moses and Nana ride out to settle their score.

"Evans paints marvelous word pictures of a land and people he knows extremely well."—Booklist

"As always with Evans, written with a good sense of the times and place."—Kirkus

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...[N]othing less than a masculine version of a bodice ripper.
Kirkus Reviews
When an ex-slave goes to fight the Apaches on behalf of the white man, the ironies alone are bound to make up half the story, but an old Western hand like Evans (This Chosen Place, 1997, etc.) can keep them in their proper place. His account of Moses Williams, a decorated veteran of the Civil War, and his adventures out West are based on actual events and narrated as history. Williams was a sergeant of the Ninth Cavalry, sent in 1879 to "pacify" the Apache territory of New Mexico. Married to a mulatto and in command of white troops, Williams was a man between two worlds even before his excursion into the Black Range, and his encounters with the Apache alienate still more. His real quest is Nana, the Chief whose lightning raids on frontier settlements have practically halted the pioneers' expansion into New Mexico and Arizona. Vicious, brilliant, and seemingly unstoppable, Nana and his warriors have overcome or eluded every force sent after them to date, and now Williams must find a way to defeat the Apache on his own territory-and make it home alive. As always with Evans, written with a good sense of the times and place. .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826335852
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Max Evans, novelist, artist, scriptwriter, former cowboy, miner, and dealer in antiquities, resides in Albuquerque. He received the Owen Wister Award for lifelong contributions to the field of western literature from the Western Writers of America.

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