Blood of the Devil

The Life and Times of Yellow Boy, Mescalero Apache Book 2

"...brilliantly convincing. It's hard to wait to read the continuation of this unique saga."

-Jeanne Williams, New York Times bestselling author


Blood of the Devil is Book 2 of an imagined autobiography of the Mescalero Apache warrior and cavalry scout, Yellow Boy, who in 1950, at age ninety, tells the story of his life to his physician friend, Doctor Henry Grace. The autobiography parallels events in the Geronimo Wars and the history of the Mescalero Apaches between 1860 and 1950. Book 1, Killer of Witches, begins in 1865 when Yellow Boy is five years old and vanishes overnight with over 500 Mescaleros from Bosque Redondo near Fort Sumner, New Mexico in 1865. Book 2, Blood of the Devil, begins in 1880 in the Sierra Madre stronghold of the great Chiricahua chief, Juh, when Yellow Boy and his warrior brother, Beela-chezzi learn how to find the giant bald witch, who has escaped them, Sangre del Diablo (Blood of the Devil). They have sworn to kill and send him blind to the Happy Land for the murder and scalping of their people.


Blood of the Devil, The Life and Times of Yellow Boy, Mescalero Apache is an important book casting the light of understanding on a people often portrayed as evil. This is a fascinating tale told from an Apache point of view by someone who knows the N'deh. The action never stops. The characters are human with a little different outlook than our own shaped by their environment and outrageous fortune. I grew up among Apaches and Michael's characters feel like old friends. The author catalogues an important era of transition and change.

—Doug Hocking, Author of Tom Jeffords: Friend of Cochise and Mystery of Chaco Canyon