After his youth on an Iowa farm, Wyatt Earp is ready to seek his fortunes by his wits rather than the sweat of his back. In California he meets a Mexican girl, whose philosophy will haunt him for years to come. It is the prophecy of the “adobe moon,” which reminds a man: If you do not achieve your dreams, you must settle for what you have.
After taking menial jobs, Wyatt settles down as a constable in Missouri. When his wife and child die, he sinks into depression where the lines of ethics blur. Wanted by the law he bides his time for a second chance, until in a Kansas cattle town he encounters his destiny as a lawman to be remembered.
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About the Author
Mark Warren is a writer, composer of music, and teacher of Native American survival skills. He lives with his wife Susan in the Appalachian Mountains of north Georgia.
What People are Saying About This
“Adobe Moon is no ordinary Western. This one is special. Many fictionalized versions of Wyatt Earp’s story have been written . . . most, however, are largely ignored by the historical community . . . (but this one) has proven to be the exception to the rule. Adobe Moon is an engrossing ride with Wyatt Earp. My only criticism is the next book (in the trilogy) isn’t out quick enough.”
“Mark Warren captures the essence of Wyatt Earp’s formative years in this beautifully crafted narrative. Adobe Moon transports the reader to the early western frontier that shaped the legendary lawman’s character and delivers a rollicking tale – entertaining and truly informative.”
“Warren stays close to history, adding the emotion and sensitivities that we can only wish we actually knew. This wonderfully written work makes readers feel almost as if they are sitting next to Wyatt on that brothel barge on the Illinois River, enjoying the treats of the time. Historical fiction can be a delight, and Warren delivers.”
“It is plain Mark Warren knows Wyatt Earp’s story. He has researched it long enough, deep enough, and well enough to know it in ways that few others do. Adobe Moon is an absorbing read. Understated, direct, yet somehow reflective and even philosophical, it is easy to forget that this is a novel about an American legend. And that makes it all the more satisfying in the end. In the restless ramblings of the young Wyatt Earp, Warren found clues to the man Earp would be. I will be looking forward to the continuing odyssey of the very human Wyatt Earp he is revealing. For now, I have much to ponder as a result of reading Adobe Moon.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a masterfully written story of Wyatt Earp's early years. While many are familiar with some of the more famous events in his life, I'd wager that fewer know much about the background that shaped the famous lawman. Adobe Moon follows Wyatt's progression from teen on his parents farm into early adulthood and finding his way in a challenging time. This gives an interesting window into both the glamorous opportunity for a young man during westward expansion as well as the rougher side. This story has appeal not only to fans of westerns but also those who enjoy well written books about real people. I liked the book so much that I ended up giving several copies as gifts. The genera is quite different from Warren's other books but equally well written.
Well-written, with prose in a charmingly authentic for the time-period manner in terms of language and turn-of-phrase. Immersive, enjoyable, well-paced. A fascinating look at the likely formative years of legendary lawman, Wyatt Earp, and additionally a well-researched and lovingly crafted picture of a still young America and how it may have shaped the rest of Earp's storied life. I eagerly await the next installment.
Adobe Moon is a biographical novel by Mark Warren. It has a lot of fact, a little fiction mixed in. This book starts off with the Earp family, when Wyatt was a teenager-chomping at the bit, because the Civil War is going on and his three older brothers are off fighting. He desperately wants to quit working the family farm and join up in the fight. The book is enriched with a lot of well known history and other lesser known facts. Mr. Warren blends it into an interesting story. I enjoyed it. This is the first book in this trilogy, on Wyatt Earp.
Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite Adobe Moon, Wyatt Earp: An American Odyssey, Book 1 by Mark Warren maybe answers the question, when did Wyatt Earp become Wyatt Earp? Adobe Moon begins in 1862 with a young teen aged Wyatt who is anxious to grow up and get off the Earp farm in Pella, Iowa, under the dictatorship of his father, Judge Nicholas Earp. A big brother to his siblings, Morgan and Warren, Wyatt abhors farm work and would rather teach his younger brothers how to hunt instead, and does. When Old Nick gets wind of this, Wyatt has hell to pay, or does he? With a calm reserve, rare for someone his age, Wyatt manages to mitigate any punishment by cool logic. Later, he tries to join the Union Army during the Civil War, like his older brothers, Virgil and James, despite his age. The judge catches him and shames young Wyatt into returning home. Adobe Moon is the first book in a two-book series about a western icon who had to grow up fast in rough country in a time of war and self reliance. Mark Warren does a fine job with Wyatt’s transition to adulthood. In a span of about a decade, Wyatt lives a remarkable life. He takes on many jobs and meets many people. In Lamar, Missouri, he becomes a constable and marries local gal Aurilla Sutherland, only to lose her later on as she gives birth to their still born child from typhus. Understandably this is devastating to Wyatt and he becomes an outlaw. There are adventures, to be sure, on the way to his eventual redemption. He meets up with a future friend, Bat Masterson, amongst others. He finds his way with the help of his brothers, James and Virgil, and circumstances in meetings with shady characters, usually from Texas, that lead to a realization. He grows to be an imposing figure. At over six foot, his calm demeanor, his physical presence and toughness make him the perfect candidate to become Wyatt Earp the lawman. I think the author did a remarkable job capturing the evolution of Wyatt from a young man to the adult figure who kept his cool at the gunfight behind the O.K. Corral and knew who to stop first once the gunfight began. The carefully crafted dialogue between Wyatt, his family members, his friends and his enemies adds to the rich historical background of the Old West described admirably by Mark Warren. I especially enjoyed the description of the confrontations with a Swedish bully who cheats Wyatt out of money won at a poker game. (Wyatt later rights this wrong.) Then, later on, Wyatt faces down two brothers who killed the sheriff in a town and no one dared try to bring them to justice. It shows the evolution of a young man who becomes a western legend. I recommend Adobe Moon for any reader of historical fiction and Westerns.
I was completely absorbed. Unfamiliar with the life of Wyatt Earp, this book led me to look more deeply into his story and become intrigued by more historical fiction. I eagerly awaited the second in the trilogy, Born to the Badge, which recently cam out and found it even more engrossing. It is not just the story of Earp, but Mark Warren is an incredibly storyteller. We often read to escape, this book takes you back in time and out to the West. I finished it in 5 days. Highly recommended for all ages.
This book is beautifully written! I didn't know much about Wyatt Earp, just what I had seen in the movies, but this book gives us a glimpse into who Earp really was, and not the Hollywood version. It captures a time during American history that I would not have wanted to be a part of, but it is an era I enjoy learning more about! The characters are fascinating and the writing is captivating! I can't wait for the the next book in the trilogy!