Dave P. Fisher                        
Author & Western Humorist

Double Diamond Books                      
  
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Ten Men of Courage

 
 Ten Men of Courage

A Trilogy of the post Civil War era of New Mexico and West Texas


The year 1865 finds ten men drifting westward, each looking for a new beginning.

Reconciled brothers Troy and Jason who wore the opposite colors during the war.

Griffin, Confederate sharpshooter, sees no reason to give up his guns to the Yankees.

Brody and Teague, champion prize fighter, and his promoter flee New York.

Ace and Kip going back to West Texas to claim the inheritance denied them.

Drovers Lon and Hap join with Ace and Kip to back them.

Nacio, ex-bandito, torn between his duty and his shame.

Ten men of courage and honor join their skills together
to rid the high plains of the lawless.
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The Ten Men of Courage trilogy will be followed up by two companion novels. These novels will cover the back stories of the ten men, to the point where Into the Jumanes begins.

First Novel:  The pre-war, and war years, of Troy, Jason, and Griffin, along with Teague’s and Brody’s dealings with the gang-controlled fight world of the East.

Second Novel:  The years Ace and Kip worked in San Antonio, and Ben Hawkins’ swindle, and murder of Arthur Nichols. Lon’s travels, Hap’s early life, and Nacio’s rebellion against Cruz resulting in his bandito life.



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Book 1 - Into the Jumanes

Was it chance, or destiny, that brought ten men together in the wild country of west Texas? Two brothers from Virginia, one wore blue, one gray; a New York prize fighter and his manager; two young cattlemen returning to claim the inheritance they were denied, and the two friends who came to back them; a Confederate sharpshooter, and a Mexican ex-bandito.  All looking for a new start. All wearing their guns and courage for everyone to see.

The Texas high plains of 1865 knew no law. The Army had pulled out for the Civil War leaving the country open to the law of the strongest, and Amidio Vasquez’s band of renegades ruled. No peaceful village or settlement was safe from Vasquez’s raids. Death and fear were left in his wake, while men, women, and children were stolen away to be sold as slaves to unscrupulous mine owners.

Then came the day Vasquez made a fatal mistake. Contracted by ruthless land baron Mat Travers to bring slaves to his Jumanes Mountains stronghold to work his mines, Vasquez filled the order by raiding a Franciscan mission, seizing the friars and orphaned children living there. That was the day ten men, whose only ties to each other was a Code of Honor, decided it was time to put an end to Amidio Vasquez and reclaim
 the high plains from the lawless.

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Book 2 - Return to the Jumanes


The destruction of Matt Travers’ criminal empire, and the freeing of his captives, reverberated up and down the Rio Pecos. The poverty stricken Mexican villagers, who lived in fear of capture and sale to the slavers, were spreading the word about the ‘Ten Men of Courage’ who were fighting and overcoming this evil.

This word spread into Mexico, to the empire of Vidal Castillo, a maniacal and sadistic tyrant. There three of Vidal Castillo’s mercenary jefés plot his death, but too undermanned to carry out their plans,
they enlist the aid of the Ten.


Later, enroute to Santa Fe, more details about Nacio Fuentes emerge and they find that he is not the man they all thought him to be. While in Santa Fe, and unsure of the outcome of the Red River Ranch situation, Ace and Kip file on the land of the Jumanes Valley guaranteeing that they will have a home to return to. Then, a trip to San Antonio by Kip, Teague and Lon, reveals more about Ben Hawkins and the murder of Kip’s father Arthur Nichols, forcing a confrontation with an unexpected outcome.

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Book 3 - Sunrise Over the Jumanes

Ben Hawkins and Gaspar Cruz join forces to overthrow the Loyola Hacienda. As their plans take shape, Ben learns of the Jumanes Valley, the gold mines, and of Ace’s and Kip’s possession of them. Determined to kill Ace and Kip and have the valley, Ben weaves an intricate scheme for wealth and revenge.

As the men are moving Nacio’s cattle from the valley to the hacienda, Cruz and Hawkins take advantage of Nacio’s absence and strike the hacienda with a band of mercenaries. Upon returning, Nacio finds his home in the hands of Cruz, and his mother and sisters gone. Retaking the house, the men find the girls have been abducted, and set off to rescue them.

Later in Santa Fe, Teague discovers Ben Hawkins’ plot to murder Ace and Kip. As the two partners drive a herd of cattle to Santa Fe, unaware of the ambush set for them, their friends converge to back them. The plan goes awry when Ace and Kip arrive a day early, and the shooting begins before the others can get to them.




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