Author: Frank Kelso
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
His family slaughtered by Comanche, a teen boy is left to die on the prairie. Will he find the grit to survive?
Texas, 1853. Thirteen-year-old Nigel Blackthorn is the spoiled son of a Protestant preacher. When his missionary family falls victim to a brutal Comanche attack, his easy childhood crumbles in an instant. While he narrowly escapes the death that claimed his loved ones, the preacher’s son finds himself alone and struggling to survive on the wild frontier.
When Pascal stumbles upon Nigel, the mule-train driver offers the boy a ride in exchange for hard labor in an apprenticeship. Nigel accepts years of labor to gain food and shelter. Spurred by his desire to avenge his murdered family, he endures grueling days and countless painful lessons. With the vision of his dead parents in mind, can he survive long enough to find justice or will the Wild West claim yet another victim?
The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn is the first dramatic story in the Nigel Blackthorn series of gritty westerns. If you like rich descriptions, multidimensional characters, and tales bringing history to life, then you’ll love Frank Kelso’s coming-of-age novel!
Click here to pick up your free copy of The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn in the Amazon Kindle store.
About the Author:
Frank Kelso grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, the origin of the Santa Fe Trail. Historic sites, monuments, and statues abound highlighting the journey west, including the Wagons West, Pioneer Women and the Indian Scout located on the bluffs overlooking the wide Missouri. Writing western themed books fit in with his upbringing. His parents considered storytelling a family tradition and the taller the tale, the better, when sharing around the supper table. A biomedical research scientist in his day job, Frank writes short stories and novels to keep the family traditions alive. He enjoys living on an island on the Alabama Gulf Coast at the Florida border. Can you say Flora-Bama Beach Bar? Welcome to Paradise Island: sunny days, sugar white sands, turquoise blue water, fishing, and smooth sailing. Come on down, Y’all.
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