The Most Deeply Researched Novel to Date on Wyatt Earp Includes Newly Revealed Information on This Iconic Western Character

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Warren's widely researched novel on Wyatt Earp culminates in the first of a trilogy, "Adobe Moon." This novel transports you back to the "Old West" with a true-to-life portrayal of this legendary figure.

“It is plain Mark Warren knows Wyatt Earp’s story in ways that few others do. "Adobe Moon" is an absorbing read. Understated, direct, yet somehow reflective and even philosophical." ~ Dr. Gary Roberts, author of "Doc Holliday, the Life and Legend"

Western historian Mark Warren announces his new novel "Adobe Moon," first in the trilogy "Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey" - the culmination of more than 60 years of research. Warren says: "I have written it as close to the truth as I know how. And as usual, the truth is so much more compelling than the myth. Welcome to the real story."

Was Wyatt Earp the hero that legend has taught us? Or was he the flawed character that some revisionist historians have suggested? After the death of his first wife and child, the future frontier marshal spiraled down into a dark period marked by four arrests: three times in Peoria brothels and once for horse theft in the Indian Territory. But was he a pimp? No, the best evidence places him in the role of a brothel bouncer, a “tough” who kept the clientele in line. Such a job was in keeping with Earp’s no-nonsense demeanor. As to the horse theft, many books claim Earp skipped bail after his arrest, the crime hanging over his head indefinitely. In fact, Earp escaped in a jailbreak consisting of several men. However, his alleged partner in crime was acquitted and the case dismissed. From these years of squalor, Earp pulled himself back to a life with purpose, one that landed him in the occupation for which he was probably best suited: a lawman who knew how to handle dangerous men.

Quote from Warren: “When I was 6 years old I checked out a book from my elementary school library and read the so-called “biography” of Wyatt Earp. The story reached down inside me and gripped my soul as no story ever had before. Why? Courage has always fascinated me, and whether or not it was courage or lack of fear (two very different ideas) that governed Wyatt Earp’s actions, he had my attention. It would be many years before I would discover that this early Earp book was highly fictionalized. The real story, I learned, was more complicated and much more interesting.”

About the Book: It is 1862. With his older brothers fighting in the war, Wyatt Earp is left to manage the family's Iowa farm under his father's iron rule. These years of labor produce in him an ambition to seek his fortunes by his wits rather than by the sweat of his back. The open territory to the west, he knows, offers that opportunity. On his way to California he meets a beguiling Mexican girl, who tells him of the "adobe moon," a rusty-hued orb that reminds a man: If you do not achieve your dreams, you must settle for what you have. Wyatt rejects this idea, but it haunts him nevertheless, as he takes odd jobs, becomes a constable in a small Missouri town, and ultimately sinks into a depression where the line of ethics blur. Fed up with his self-made squalor, he returns to the West for a second chance at a proper life, and in a Kansas cattle town he comes face to face with his salvation...and his destiny as a lawman with his own iron rule.

From the Historical Novel Society: "This is unlike any Western you’ve ever read. It’s lyrical and philosophical, yet the action scenes are fulfilling and you gain insights into this American legend. The rich detail speaks to the depth of Warren’s research, and the planned trilogy of Earp’s life could not have had a better beginning than Adobe Moon." Read the article here:

"Must See, Must Read" ~ Casey Tefertiller, Wild West Magazine

One of the " Western books... that should not be missed!" ~ Stuart Rosebrook, True West Magazine

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Author Bio - Mark is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Chemistry/Pre-med. At Medicine Bow, his school in the Southern Appalachians, he teaches nature classes and survival skills of the Cherokees. The National Wildlife Federation named him Georgia’s Conservation Educator of the Year in 1980. Mark has written extensively about nature and primitive survival for magazines, including: Guernica, Blue Ridge Highlander, North Georgia Journal, and Georgia Backroads. His published books include: Two Winters in a Tipi (Lyons Press, 2012), a memoir, Secrets of the Forest (Waldenhouse Publishing, 2016), a 4-volume series on nature/survival, Adobe Moon (Five Star Publishing, 2017), a historical novel and first in the trilogy Wyatt Earp: An American Odyssey. Born to the Badge and Promised Land (Five Star, coming in fall 2018 and in early spring, 2019, respectively), comprise the second and third books in the trilogy.

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