Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright
The Betrayals of Pancho Villa
The Vanishing Trilogy Series - Book Three
"Dreams of a fiery jaguar haunt Henry Grace when his old friend, Pancho Villa, fighting a civil war, asks for help."
Dreams of a fiery jaguar haunt Henry Grace when his old friend, Pancho Villa, fighting a civil war, asks for help. Supporting Villa leads Henry into a long journey into darkness. It is a time of cold calculation and a time of insanity, a time of betrayal and a time of loyalty, a time of deadly enemies and a time of unseen friends, a time of revenge and a time of justice, a time of secrets, and a time of answers hidden in a dream.
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Series: The Vanishing Trilogy (Book 3)
Paperback: 585 pages
Publisher: Treble Heart Books; 1 edition (December 2, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
“Not a usual Western”
“”Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright: The Betrayals of Pancho Villa” by W. Michael Farmer ” is very much a book about the old west, but does not focus on gun fights in the streets or stagecoach robberies. The focus is on individuals of the old west caught up in the changing of two nations through politics and war, at the convergence of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as seen through the eyes of a white man, an Apache and a Mexican.
“This story is built around the experiences of Dr Henry Grace who was the leading character in two of Dr. Farmer’s previous novels. The first person telling of the story conveys an intimate look at the thoughts, secrets, and emotions of Henry as he again travels with his Apache “uncle” and mentor, Yellow Boy, into southern Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico on the request of an old friend Pancho Villa. The pretense is the repayment of an old dept. Henry’s previous encounters with a jaguar influence this story heavily with mixed images from a “tiger” encounter long ago, a dream that haunts him, and with that of trying to keep commitments to Villa, often called El Tigre by those who loved and feared him. Over 30 historically true life characters make this fiction based on historical incidences a reflection of real life on the Mexican/United States border in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
“After graduating from medical school at Stanford, Dr Henry Grace finds the southwest still calling him. He sets up a medical practice there but readily responds to a message from his old friend Pancho Villa for help in his fight against generals from his own Mexico. The story has twists and turns based on fact which turns into story complications as the United States becomes more involved in the politics of the setting and as the American Army is drawn into fighting in Mexico for eleven months. The settings are found in the crossing of the Sierra Madre mountains, battle at Agua Prieta, Chihuahua,and much of upper Mexico. Not the least is the battle at Columbus, New Mexico, three miles inside the US border. The US soldiers under General Pershing are unwittingly preparing for the U.S entry into World War 1 as they roam upper Mexico in a disciplinary action against Villa.
Not a usual “western”, the story leaves you with the feeling of having your own first person experiences in the southwest of the period, as if you were traveling with Henry Grace the whole way.”
~ M. Lou Findley via Amazon