Hombrecito's Search

Hombrecito's Search

by W. Michael Farmer


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Ambushing and killing Albert Fountain’s murderers, Henry Grace, Hombrecito, and his Apache mentor, Yellow Boy, disappear into the Sierra Madre Mountains and there help a young woman search for her little brother stolen by Apache raiders. For Henry, the search is an odyssey of self-discovery and revelation in a hard, unforgiving land where to make a mistake is to die and the promise of tomorrow is what you make it. It is a myth many lived, but few survived on the last western frontier of southern New Mexico and Arizona and northern Chihuahua and Sonora, a frontier that bronco Apaches still raided into the third decade of the twentieth century.

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ISBN-13: 9781595267740
Publisher: Llumina Press
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

W. Michael Farmer lives and writes in Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He learned much of the rich story life of the southwest through living in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for nearly fifteen years. Although a physicist by training, as an author of western historical fiction he has published short stories in four anthologies, won awards for essays at the Christopher Newport University Writers’ Conference, and published essays in magazines. His first novel in the Vanishing Trilogy, Hombrecito's War, won a Western Writers of America Silver Spur Award for Best First Novel in 2006 and was a New Mexico Book Award Finalist for Historical Fiction in 2007. The sequel, Hombrecito’s Search, was released in July 2007. Tiger Tiger Burning Bright: The Betrayals of Pancho Villa, released in December 2011 completed the trilogy. His third novel, Conspiracy: The Trial of Oliver Lee and James Gililland, was published in 2009.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read by Dr. W. Michael Farmer. I thought the first one (Hombrecito's War) was riveting, but this one (Hombrecito's Search) was even more so. Once again, I found myself totally caught up in the lives of the characters and even though I cried on more than one occasion as I read, I had a hard time putting this book down. It may sound unreasonable to some, but I felt that the characters really became a part of my life, people that I actually knew. The rich history and the colorful descriptions of the scenes and characters placed me right in the middle of the action. I could relate to the coolness of the water and how refreshing it must have tasted as they drank from the streams and the heat of the scorching sun on their bodies. At several points I caught myself reading so quickly out of excitement that I had to make myself go back and re-read several passages. I was even able to pick up and understand a bit of the Spanish language. As with the first book, it would be a shame for a screen writer to pass this one by, as it would make a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Farmer¿s book, Hombrecito¿s Search, represents that vibrant vicarious experience. It haunts your thoughts with the raw reality of the Apache Indian, his land, and his values and culture. Somehow that life becomes rational, and although totally unrelated to present day and time, those long-forgotten values and culture become familiar as the memories of your own life experiences. After killing these men, Yellow Boy and Henry disappear into the Sierra Madre in northern Mexico. The year is 1902, sixteen years after Geronimo surrendered to General Miles in Skeleton Canyon, Arizona and eight years before the Mexican revolution began in 1910. Hombrecito¿s Search is the story of Henry¿s four years in Mexico with Yellow Boy and the Apaches in the Sierra Madre. It is an odyssey of self-discovery and revelation and of life known by those who came of age in a hard, unforgiving land, where to make a mistake is to die, and the promise of tomorrow is what you make it. It is the kind of believable myth only a frontier that lasted into the third decade of the twentieth century can unfold. During this time Henry fights deadly enemies, discovers love won and lost, and begins a lifetime search for the woman who will bring understanding and love to him again. Returning to the place of his initial redemptive process, he tells Roberta the story of his early years. While revealing his early life focused on revenge, Henry discovers Roberta is the true love of his life and has been in front of his eyes for the past twenty years. Detailed picturesque descriptions of the land through which the characters pass are reminiscent of previously successful western authors. The beginning of the journey is set by this description: ¿At the river, frogs and cicadas were singing their harvest songs, and the fallen leaves of summer slowly drifter by on the water¿s smooth surface. Trailing south for another two or three miles, we followed a path through the dark shadows cast by trees ad brush in the bosque.¿ Arriving at the apache camp, you are pulled into the surroundings by these words. ¿Yellow Boy crossed the creek and turned downstream. In a couple of hundred yards, we came to a shelf of trees and brush, maybe two hundred yards long, that reached across half the canyon from the eastern wall. The shelf was a few feet above the surface of the stream, which had widened out into a shallow, lazy mirror with barely a ripple on the surface. Trees and heavy brush lined the edge of the shelf making it look impenetrable. Yellow Boy turned toward the eastern wall and rode up onto the shelf, using a small heavily used trail hidden by the brush. We rode about a hundred feet into the surrounding bushes growing among sycamore, ash, walnut, and maple saplings and stopped. I heard Sac grasp. I stared in disbelief. We were on the edge of a camp. It was all but invisible from only a few yards away.¿ One is emotionally touched with skill Farmer exhibits in relaying the story through the eyes of Dr. Henry Grace. The poignant emotions Henry 'Fountain' Grace has are expressed in paragraphs such as this. ¿Nestled in the crook of his arm, Roberta felt him hug her, holding on to her like he feared she might fly off into the night. He stared at the stars for several minutes, Roberta looking at the side of his face. She saw moonlight reflecting in the little streams of water trickling down his cheeks. Her heart sighed. It took powerful memories to make any man cry. She waited. The canyon bed where they lay surrounded them with its intimacy and a cold blanket of air. The rain clouds in Henry¿s soul passed. He cleared the demon clawing at his throat and spoke.¿ Outstanding book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Farmer's second book on the adventures of young orphan in the old southwest is even better than the first, which is saying a lot since that first book was an award winner. In this second book, Hombrecito becomes a man in the hard world of Indian, Mexican, and outlaw influences. Dr. Farmer has clearly taken pains to be historically accurate with respect to events and the way of life for those groups of people. His writing style continues to paint strong images of what if was like to live in that time, and makes the reader feel as if they were there. His descriptions and metaphors are brilliant, even better than those in the first book. His plot is captivating and I remained interested to the point I found it hard to put down. On top of that is the new area of Hombecito's love interests and the interesting way that is portrayed. He is clearly improving with experience. When you consider the low price and the number of hours of high quality entertainment this book brings, it is really a bargain. I heartily recommend the book. I hope they make these two books a movie or TV mini-series like Lonesome Dove. I'll pay to see that, and I can't wait to buy his next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mike Farmer has again given me something that I believe has almost become non-existant in 'western' literature, a truly unpredictable and unique story. I may be overstating, but I fear much of our 'westerns' are just rehashed stories from fifty years ago...the 'aw,shucks' cowpoke, the evil land barron, the displaced school marm, etc. I have no idea where Farmer comes up with his 'hombrecito' plots, but I couldn't put the first one, HOMBRECITO'S WAR, or this one, HOMBRECITO'S SEARCH, down. I suspect he is following what I believe to be the best formula for really good plots,i.e., taking a basically true and accurate piece of history, researching it thoroughly, and tying it into a whizbang tale with well written connective tissue that we call fiction. I won't explain the storyline here. Actually, the review preceding my comments does a good job of that. All I'll say is that if you want to read a couple books that delve into a part of turn of the century Mexican/Apache/American entanglements, all replete with intrigue and romance...these are the books for you. I can't wait for the hoped for sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raw, exciting, sophisticated is the historical novel by W. Michael Farmer, Hombrecito¿s Search. Farmer writes a masterful and powerful depiction of violent early twentieth century northern Mexico. Farmer intertwines the characters, cultures, and politics that shaped the lives of the era. Dr. Henry Grace, Hombrecito, who had witnessed his father¿s agonizing murder and himself escaped death, is now a boy/man with the Apaches. Dr. Grace, 65, relates his teenage experiences in Mexico to his fiancée from the shack where his rescuers raised him and taught him to survive in the desert. Apache and Mexican life, the territory, as well as the period¿s harsh politics, are depicted exquisitely. Hombrecito¿s adventures with hunting man and animals as well as being hunted are enthralling. The story elaborates Hombrecito¿s development into manhood during his early mid-teenage years, his competition with men, and the emotional scars he suffers from exposure to jealousy, hate, treachery, and a traumatic first love. Hombrecito¿s Search is a thought provoking, adventurous book to be read at a galloping fast pace and leisurely savored in meditation.