Blood of the Devil

The Life and Times of Yellow Boy Mescalero Apache - Book Two

"...brilliantly convincing. It's hard to wait to read the continuation of this unique saga." -Jeanne Williams, New York Times bestselling author

Yellow Boy, Killer of Witches, returns wounded from a cat-and-mouse chase and rifle duel with Blood of the Devil, the giant Mexican-Comanche witch whose head is painted like a skull, his body covered with black spiral and flame tattoos.

The witch, also wounded, disappears into the dry plains across the Rio Grande, knowing the Apache he left bleeding in the sand will one day reappear.

With the Army occupation ended Yellow Boy, Juanita, their new baby daughter, and his Mescalero band return to the reservation. Better days come with the arrival of a strong but fair Indian agent, W.H.H. Llewellyn, who the Mescaleros call “Tata Crooked Nose.”

Yellow Boy joins Llewellyn’s tribal police, and for a time becomes an Army Scout participating in General Crook’s Sierra Madre Campaign returning Apaches to the San Carlos Reservation. He finds and faces Blood of the Devil, but later loses his daughter to pneumonia sweeping the reservation. Warned of his destiny by Geronimo, he dreams of a young boy he will one day save from murder.

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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 1Killer 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 2Blood 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.

Book 3, The Last Warrior,  continues the powerful story of the Mescalero Apaches fighting for tribal survival against determined ignorance from autocratic government overseers, countering attacks from those misusing their supernatural powers, and choosing sides in White Eye conflicts.


Will Rogers Medallion Award
Second Place – October, 2018

New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist
Historical Fiction – November 2017

New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist
Adventure – November, 2017

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Book Details

Book Details

Series: The Life and Times of Yellow Boy, Mescalero Apache (Book 2)
Hardcover: 369 pages
Publisher: Five Star Publishing (June 21, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1432834142
ISBN-13: 978-1432834142
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

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

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