BLOOD Spirit at the Library
BY BARBARA MANSON
Mark Engebretson will be at the Boyce Ditto Library for a book signing of his new book, Blood Spirit, Saturday, May 15th at 2:00PM. Mark has extensively researched the history of the Cross Timbers area. If you like western Novels and history of this area, you need to pick up Mark’s new book.
Blood Spirit is an action packed, real western novel in the flavor of Zane Gray placed in a historical perspective similar to James Michener’s style. Mark does an excellent job of weaving actual historical events and real people from the era into the fictional account of his hero, Buck Landers. For those of you who have roots in the Palo Pinto County area, feel free to read your ancestor’s history into the fictional characters.
Ranchers, Indians, Rustlers, Gun Fighters, Cowboys and Solders are all set in the post Civil War 1871 time frame when Texas society was trying to emerge from its rough and tumble frontier beginnings. The ranching and Indian societies clashed. Opportunists used this turmoil to take what they wanted. Life was dangerous for ranchers such as our hero, Buck Landers, and his family.
Honesty and virtue had been instilled in Buck through years of building his ranch and cemented into his every being by his service in the Civil War. Buck was no man to trifle with. If the sheriff needed a man to get the job done, to correct a wrong, Buck was the man. Buck was a successful Palo Pinto rancher living in his comfortable ranch home that began as a simple log cabin. His only goal was to build a safe future for his sons, Will and Matt, and his wife Catherine. Frontier life challenged his very being. As Buck set off on his first adventure, he said, “But I kept a sharp eye. There were hills and washes that could hide any number of warriors and they would have no mercy on a lone white man. There were still outlaws as well, rustlers, robbers, murderers. They had always been a threat and since the war, it had only gotten worse.”
Follow Buck’s action packed adventures in this exciting era. If you like real western novels, this book of Mark Engebretson’s is a quick, fun read and you will not be able to put it down once you begin.
We will see you at the Boyce Ditto Library Saturday May 15th at 2:00 PM.
2300 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Street
Mineral Wells, Texas 76067
There is no charge and yes those surprise Library refreshments will be served.