The Last Stage to Bosque Redondo

In Book One of this series, Angus is a New Mexico cowboy riding alone and hiding out on a mountain called Ten Shoes Up. He’s known by his few friends as a loner who rides straight-legged, on a tall horse. He’s always on the lookout and doesn’t talk all that much. Men admire the way he sits a saddle and women wonder if he might dismount. In Book Two, Angus is a Deputy U.S. Marshal. He forms a posse to track down a bandito named Mendoza-Mendoza at the top of The Valles Caldera. He and the posse get ambushed and an epic gun battle ensues.

Book Three, another Angus adventure, is a historical novel, based on the true story of America’s first all-Indian concentration camp. For centuries, the Navajo people had peacefully occupied ancestral, aboriginal lands in northwestern New Mexico and Arizona. In 1861, while the eastern half of the country was engulfed in the Civil War, the Navajos were decimated by the U.S. Army. Their goal: “Cut the Gordian knot with one terrible blow and wipe the whole Navajo nation from the face of the earth.” The Army captured and marched 9,000 survivors, in the dark of winter, from Fort Defiance in Arizona to Fort Sumner in New Mexico.

Twenty years later, the passengers on The Last Stage to Bosque Redondo make the same trip.

They have a story to tell.

This is it.

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Gary L. Stuart

“I got back to my cowboy roots in the nineteen-eighties, which might explain why I’m now writing about life out west in the eighteen-eighties. Gallup, Tucson and Darlene are my horses; they’ve taught me a good deal about who I am over the last thirty years. Ten Shoes Up is the first of a three-book series set in the 1880s along the New Mexico Colorado border. My protagonist is an iconic 1880s cowboy. Mostly, he rides alone in the high country on the New Mexico-Colorado border looking for outlaws, in-laws, and trouble. It comes to him naturally. And often when he talks his horse into crossing a new river. These books can’t be booted down into the traditional western genre. They chronicle the challenges that young men and women faced at the turn of the 19th Century. From Angus’s point of view, as portrayed on my blog, not all that much has changed.”