Author: Darrell Bryant
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
On February 17, 1909, in the dark heart of winter, the great Apache leader, Geronimo, dies of pneumonia after 23 years as a prisoner of war of the United States. Days later, a young, highly decorated Marine corporal named Frank Kidd learns of Geronimo’s death. Kidd’s real name is Chaco, and he is Geronimo’s nephew. Orphaned at birth, Chaco was toughened by the cruelties of the white man’s Indian school, battle-hardened by guerrilla warfare, and severely wounded in the 1906 Cuban Pacification Campaign.
Chaco returns to Fort Sill’s Apache POW camp to find his adoptive mother dying and his sister trapped in a brothel. Long-held secrets are soon revealed: Chaco is the old warrior’s last son, and his father’s final wish was to be buried “in the country that knows my name.” To honor that request, Chaco must rescue his sister and liberate Geronimo’s bones from the Apache Cemetery.
During the escape, two white men end up dead. Once an honored hero, now a hunted outlaw, Chaco races west with his sister in a stolen motorcar. As the last Apache warrior, he must pay the price with blood in one of the largest manhunts of the 20th century.
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About the Author:
Darrel Bryant, a fifth generation Texan, brings to his writing a decade of military service in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army (airborne), to include Special Forces training. An early taste for adventure led to treks across the Yukon and Alaska, hikes into the Grand Canyon, up the Appalachian Trail, and along Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England. A Hemingway summer lived in Paris. Five years as a riding hand on a 27,000-acre Montana cattle ranch, and crewman aboard the yawl Open Return on her homeward voyage from Long Island, NY to Galveston, TX. With a half-dozen novels in finished form tucked away in a file, he lives alone in a house he built with his own hands, from mostly recycled lumber, on the outskirts of his hometown, Austin. Geronimo’s Bones is his first published novel.
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