Shootout At Miracle Valley

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A little over one hundred years after the legendary shootout at the OK Corral, a radical South Chicago preacher named Frances Thomas moved to Miracle Valley, Arizona. She brought not only her congregation, but also a dangerous cocktail of fanaticism, faith healing, bigotry, and dynamite. Believing that God had called her to take over Miracle Valley, Pastor Thomas and her cult of followers set out to do just that -- with explosive results.
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A little over one hundred years after the legendary shootout at the OK Corral, a radical South Chicago preacher named Frances Thomas moved to Miracle Valley, Arizona. She brought not only her congregation, but also a dangerous cocktail of fanaticism, faith healing, bigotry, and dynamite. Believing that God had called her to take over Miracle Valley, Pastor Thomas and her cult of followers set out to do just that -- with explosive results.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604941524
  • Publisher: Wheatmark
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 699,835
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted December 27, 2008

    Fantastic Read - Couldn't Put it Down!

    This book has many similarities to the Shootout at the OK Corral but the events leading up to the "Shootout at Miracle Valley" took place over 100 years later.<BR/><BR/>Both events took place in Cochise Co., Arizona, and had complicated causes. When a south side Chicago religious fanatic preacher moved her followers to Miracle Valley, AZ, in the late 1970's the problems began. Three years later in October, 1982, events came to a head and the religious cult followers and Cochise Co. law enforcement clashed in the famous shootout. <BR/><BR/>The ending was a surprise and much can be learned from this tale. A very well researched and well written book! I recommend it highly.

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  • Posted December 27, 2008

    So interesting and engulfing that anything else you had planned for the day can and will wait!!

    I don't often run across a book that can make me stay up 3 hours too late on a Tuesday, but this one had me telling myself "Just one more chapter and then I'll turn the light out". It's the kind of book that doesn't allow you to set it down without knowing what happens next. This book will go right up on my shelves next to those select works which I have already read 2-3 times, yet always look forward to reading again. I just finished and may just start re-reading it.<BR/> William R. Daniel has written a wonderful account of this tragic but true chain-of-events which led up to a confrontation that rivals the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in everything but notoriety in American history. That this account takes great care to represent the involved Law Enforcement Officers' side of this story is particularly unique and enjoyable. The brave men and women of this country who have sworn to protect the rest of us in our daily lives almost never receive the credit they are due and never ask for, and are all too often portrayed by authors as incompetents or fascists (no doubt to generate sales).<BR/> There are many socially relevant facets to this book. The story itself is fascinating, but Mr. Daniel manages to get the reader to examine many important issues in our society (racism, tolerance-levels in communities, and state-government mishandling of the situation at Miracle Valley all the way up to a former governor of Arizona), while keeping you engrossed in the account of what happened. And perhaps one of the most interesting aspects is the law-enforcement handling of this religious-cult, pre-Waco, with no point of reference for the officers on how to manage the situation while still upholding the law. <BR/> My hat is off to the author and to the men and women who have waited so long for this side of the story to be told!

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    When a story becomes more it escapes a name.

    I found Mr. Daniel's account of the happenings in Miracle Valley AZ in those years to be just that. It's more of an event really, a tragic and personal experience shared and remembered by many. <BR/>The goings-on in this part of Cochise County at this time between Pastor Frances Thomas, her followers and the people and law <BR/>enforcement of Cochise are unbelievable in their scope. It made me shudder once again at how far those under the spell of religious fanatacism can go with their beliefs. <BR/>I highly recommend this read. It's an interesting journey into the true life actions and events of religious fanatics, politicians, law enforcement and others. It will stay on my shelf always.

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