Desperate Warrior

Days of War, Days of Peace

Book 1 of 1: Chato’s Chiricahua Apache Legacy

Risking all for love and redemption, a reformed killer battles to free his family from the shackles of slavery.

In the untamed pages of history, the saga of Pedes-klinje-known to the Mexicans as the relentless Chato-blazes a trail through the blood-soaked annals of the Apache wars. From 1877, his name was etched in the fiery heart of battle-a figure brimming with ferocity, hunger for power, and a disdain for peace with the white invaders.

As the trusted lieutenant of the infamous Chircauhua chief Geronimo, Chato’s days are painted in the hues of raid and revolt until personal tragedy strikes in 1883 when his wife and children are taken into slavery in Mexico. Betting on General George Crook’s influence to retrieve his kin, Chato strikes a deal to aid the U.S. Army in maintaining peace on the Fort Apache Reservation. But when Geronimo denounces him as a traitor and departs, all hope for Chato’s family flees with him. Forsaken by his former brothers-in-arms, Chato vows to hunt down the renegades himself, becoming a beacon of the Chiricahua peace faction clinging to reservation life in the process.

Desperate Warrior is an epic journey of resilience, honor, and the relentless pursuit of justice. Steeped in the rich tapestry of Apache history, Will Rogers Medallion-winning author W. Michael Farmer weaves a riveting portrait of one of the most enigmatic figures in American history, capturing the essence of a warrior’s heart and the indomitable spirit of his people.

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Book Details

Book Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hat Creek (December 12, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 268 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1633738744
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1633738744
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.21 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
Paperback Edition Will Be Available June 3, 2024

“It is about time a western writer includes an Apache as the central hero in an expansive story of hard and deadly times. Michael Farmer has created a major character, Yellow Boy, caught between two worlds. He suffers and triumphs as he tries to protect his people. Clever, follower of the ancient ways, yet knowing he has to adjust, Yellow Boy is bold, and pushes the boundaries we all understand when it comes to cultural change. More than well researched, this book is dramatic and heart rending as one follows the men and women of his band deep into the rugged and magnificent landscapes we know from Southern New Mexico to the canyon recesses of the Mexican Sierra Madre. Book 1, Killer of Witches in The Life and Times of Yellow Boy, Mescalero Apache trilogy by Farmer is a keeper.”

—Lynda A. Sánchez,
Author, Historian and Educator.
Coauthor with Eve Ball and Nora Henn of Award Winning, Oral Apache History, Indeh.
Lincoln, New Mexico

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