Shep in the Victorio War
Fiction - Texas History - Native American Studies
5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 168 pp.
2 maps. 6 b&w photos. Appendix.
Pub Date: 03/16/2018
  paper
Price:        $18.95

978-1-68003-159-1

Published by Texas Review Press

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Shep in the Victorio War

Don DeNevi

During the summer of 1880, amid the searing heat of the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas and northern Mexico, Chief Victorio led his band of Mescalero and Warm Springs Apaches in a last, desperate exodus from a disease-ridden, barren reservation. Raiding cattle and horses to survive, Victorio and his people eluded pursuers on both sides of the Rio Grande, as the US Army, the Texas Rangers, and the Mexican territorial militia combined forces to ferret out and eliminate the fugitive Apaches.

Into the midst of the authentic historical backdrop of what became known as the Victorio War, author Don DeNevi places Shep, a black German Shepherd rescued and loved by Joseph Andrews and William Wiswall, two adventurers from the Colorado mining country. Shep forms an inexplicable bond with the Apache chief that leads Wiswall and Andrews into an unexpected and uncomfortable role.
The imagined events of Shep in the Victorio War follow immediately upon those portrayed in DeNevi’s earlier novel, Faithful Shep: The Story of a Hero Dog and the Nine Texas Rangers Who Saved Him. DeNevi’s blend of meticulous historical research and rip-roaring adventure make this story of “the last Indian fight in Texas” a must-read for fans of Old West fiction, the Texas Rangers, the cavalry, and frontier history.

DON DeNEVI is the author of more than 30 nonfiction histories and biographies, as well as Faithful Shep: The Story of a Hero Dog and the Nine Texas Rangers Who Saved Him (Texas Review Press, 2017). A retired instructor of criminology at San Francisco State University, he worked for 16 years as supervisor of recreation at San Quentin State Prison and also served as prison historian. He now lives in Pebble Beach, California, where he writes, pursues historical research, and plays as much tennis as possible.

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