"Promised Land," The Final Installment in Mark Warren's Wyatt Earp Trilogy Reveals What Really Happened at the OK Corral and the Bloody Vendettas That Followed

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Warren's widely researched saga on Wyatt Earp culminates in "Promised Land," the final installment of his trilogy, "Wyatt Earp, an American Odyssey." This novel transports the reader back to the Old West with a true-to-life portrayal of this laconic and legendary figure.

“Mark Warren is the first writer to illuminate the Earp story from the inside.” —Allen Barra, author of Inventing Wyatt Earp, his Life and Many Legends

Western historian Mark Warren has logged more than 6 decades of study in the Earp story, visiting the places where Wyatt Earp played his part in history and cobbled together a remarkable life. After interviewing the top researchers in the Earp field from Georgia to California, Warren has given readers a real understanding of the Earp story, not by trying to explain the man, but by letting the reader experience Earp’s motivations, aspirations, shortcomings, and tragedies.

Was Wyatt Earp the hero that legend has taught us? Or was he the greatly flawed opportunist that some revisionist historians have suggested? This trilogy presents a balanced answer to those questions.

Quote from Warren: "I have written it as close to the truth as I know how, using the novelistic technique to fill in conversations that were never recorded and to paint the environment of each scene so that the reader sees, hears, and smells the Sonora Desert. Yes, there are touches of poetic license to help the story flow, but the truth comes first. And as usual, the truth is so much more compelling than the myth. Welcome to the real story."

Reviewer Quotes for the Trilogy: “Warren's dedication to facts will keep history buffs satisfied, and its colorful similes will put a smile on any genre-fiction lover's face.” —Booklist

“Warren is able to convey scenes with a cinematic clarity.” —Peta Stevalli, New Zealand Booklovers

"Historical fiction can be a delight, and Warren delivers.” —Casey Tefertiller, author of Wyatt Earp, the Life Behind the Legend

About the Book: From all over the country, dreamers are trekking to Tombstone, Arizona Territory, where a major silver strike promises new opportunities for a man to make his fortune. Wyatt Earp brings to the boomtown a wagon and team of draft horses to open a stage line that will transport people and bullion, but finding the stage business glutted, Wyatt is pulled back into law enforcement.

But Tombstone is not Kansas, where rowdy Texas drovers bring longhorn cattle, mischief, and mayhem . . . all on a seasonal basis. In Arizona desperate saddlers–many of them run out of Texas by the Rangers–make trouble year round, rustling cattle from Mexico and selling it cheap to small-time ranchers, who have reason to turn a blind eye to their crimes.

With three of the Earp brothers wearing badges, the cow-boys face a new threat to their profligate lifestyle. When Doc Holliday comes to town and joins the Earp faction, tensions grow tighter. Holding to the letter of the law, the Earps make as many enemies as they do allies in a deeply divided community.

Wyatt aspires to be county sheriff, and to that end he bargains with outlaw informants to help him capture three wanted men. When the deal unravels, the cow-boy traitors fear retribution from their own, planting the seed for the thirty seconds that will ensure Wyatt Earp his place in history–the gunfight that erupts behind the O.K. Corral.

What follows–assassination and swift justice–guarantees that Wyatt Earp’s fame will forever be measured within the debate over law versus order.

Author Bio - Warren 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, Camping, Survivor’s Edge 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 (Five Star, 2018), second book in the Earp trilogy, Promised Land (Five Star, 2019), third book in the Earp trilogy, and Indigo Heaven (Five Star, 2020), a novel of 1870's Wyoming.

Visit Mark Warren’s website at http://www.wyattearpanamericanodyssey.com

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