|About the Book|
This is a story that takes place in the old west in and arround Santa Fe New Mexico and Texas when the area was still ruled by Mexico. This is the first book, of three, that the author wrote with this cast of characters. The next book, that continuesMoreThis is a story that takes place in the old west in and arround Santa Fe New Mexico and Texas when the area was still ruled by Mexico. This is the first book, of three, that the author wrote with this cast of characters. The next book, that continues the story, is The Pirates of the Prairies and the last book is The Trappers Daughter Although a story of fiction I believe it was written after the fashon of how people lived and acted at this time in our history, which would be in the 1850s and does, I believe, include some actual experiences that happened to, or, were witnessed by the author. He verifies this in a statement in the third book of his trllogy.This is a story about the interaction between Comanche Indians, trappers and hunters, old established Spanish families, and rogues and scalp hunters. The author, a Frenchman, actually lived in the west for several years. These stories, of which there were several, were quite popular in Europe where they were first published in French. Due to their popularity they were soon published in english for the market in England.Gustave Aimard (1818-1883) was a French novelist who specialized in adventure novels set in exotic locations, especially in the Old West. He was born Oliver Gloux in Paris and he went to sea at 12 years old. After several years spent among the Indian tribes in the U.S. he traveled to other places such as Mexico, Spain, and Turkey. When he returned to France he started writing novels using the pen name Aimard. He was involved in the Revolution of 1848 then emigrated to South America until after Napoleon III’s coup d’etat when he moved back to France. He then led a group of volunteers in the Franco-Prussian War. He died in Paris, insane, on June 20 1883.