Paul McAllister, an aging military retiree, wants nothing more at this point in his life than to put the wars, cancer, and death of his wife behind him as he numbly glides into his final years doing the only thing he still enjoys – selling weapons and his services as a gunsmith on the gun show circuit of the American southwest.
Driving down the road in the Mesilla Valley of southern New Mexico, sandwiched in the few hundred yards between the Robledo Mountains to the West and the Rio Grande to the East, Paul loses consciousness while returning home from a gun show. An hour later, he regains consciousness finding himself swept away on the tides of time. Is he really in the past? Is he dreaming? Is he in the midst of a psychotic episode? So begins his journey of discovery. In the process, he fights Apache, Comanche, and Navajo warriors, discovers his roots, mines gold, finds love and friendship, and makes powerful enemies, all while establishing a home in the Mesilla Valley on the banks of the Rio Grande.
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About the Author
P.C. ALLEN is a military veteran, retired businessman, recovering cancer survivor, and avid history buff. He is addicted to reading, good coffee, and diet coke. The latter two all the better to support the first. A father and grandfather, he can usually be found with his wife reading, writing, visiting the kids, exploring the east coast of the United States, or planning their next trip to their querencia, the Mesilla Valley.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good read. An interesting take on a sci-fi do-over, time traveling western. Set in the New Mexico Territory of the 1850's, the story deftly weaves the lives of disparate groups of people (Apaches, Hispanos, Texicans, and other settlers), into one larger organization striving toward the establishment of the "Dos Santos" empire of the Robledo mountains. The time traveling protagonist, Paul McAllister, is an interesting hero who takes on the bad guys with a mix of modern weaponry, martial arts and a special forces background. Like in all good westerns, he overcomes great adversity to marry his down-time girl by the end of the book. Several descriptive gunfights and a "flash-forward' battle scene are intermixed with humorous plot points and detailed accounts of life on the frontier. The ending sets up the next book in the series, "Refuge". Looking forward to it.