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Melody Groves writes about the Southwestern frontier with real authority; a scholar's grasp of history, a keen sense of the land, and a well-honed edge for action that'll get your blood boiling. Historical fiction at its best. - Johnny Boggs, author of thirty books including his latest, Northfield

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The Colton brothers must overcome Apaches, Confederate Texans, and their own demons at the start of the Civil War.
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Product Details

  • Series: Colton Brothers Saga (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: La Frontera Publishing (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978563433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978563431
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,597,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[[ASIN:0978563433 Arizona War: A Colton Brothers Saga

This author convincingly brings together turmoil of the Civil War as it reaches the Southwest, the Apache's struggle to hold on to native lands, and the settlers' battle to survive these events while enduring the hash climate and terrain of New Mexico and Arizona.

I couldn't put the book down.

Melody Groves deftly brings to life the Colton Brothers' love for each other and their dedication to family. Her artful insight into each brother's thoughts and their individual responses to severe physical and emotional trials brought, from me, deep sympathy for them.

In particular, Cochise's torture of one of the brothers, James, is recounted in a so point-by-point, excruciatingly real way that this reader's cold heart was wrenched harder than I'm comfortable admitting.

I strongly recommend Arizona Wars.
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Tension and suspense on every page. Begins with PTSD flashbacks of a man tortured in the Indian wars The story is about his suffering, his healing, and his entry on a new adventure ... this one fighting Confederates. A page turner.
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"Arizona War" is a good example of what were once called "westerns," novels featuring cowboys, farmers, and ranch hands, usually with blushing cowgirls standing in the wings waiting for something metallic to grace their left hand forth finger. "Arizona War" goes a bit further to include cowboys and Indians duking it out over territory and this time adds the confederacy (boo--hiss) and the union boys squaring off at the beginning of the "war between the states."

It is the plotting that distinguishes "Arizona War" with its many conflicts, man against man, north vs. south, Indigenous Peoples against European Settlers, and the true blue nature of romance and love including loyalty among blood related kin. In every instance, these values are the source of conflict which supply the tension throughout the book.

Arizona War" begins with two heroic brothers attempting to create a life after months of torture at the hands, whips, and knives of Apache Indians. Each of the men now suffer emotional symptoms similar to those we associate with PTSD. As with PTSD, too, the brothers have violent mood swings and often lash out with their own fists, guns, and knives against friends and family. As these are the beginning days of the Civil War, the plot is thickened when confederate soldiers begin to take over local towns and terrorize the native inhabitants. So, too, is the tension heightened when Apaches continue raids upon small towns and mining settlements. Three brothers among the civilians of the area become involved with Union forces who had organized to fight off the Confederates and Apaches. Add to the likable townspeople including available gentlewomen not uninterested in romance and the stew is set boiling with good vs. evil.
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This book was the first one I read in the Colton Brothers Saga. It was very well written and kept me turning the pages long after I should have turned out the light and gone to bed. The Arizona War leaves you with a haunting sense of the determination and humanity of the people in the American West at a time when all eyes were focused on the eastern part of the country. Melody Groves brings the story to life with her beautiful blending of imagination and the sometimes grim facts of life in the American West. The characters are more than memorable and leave you with a desire to read more. Luckily, the second book of the series (this is the third) is now readily available. I highly recommend reading Sonoran Rage, the second book, before this one. As with all chronological series, it makes more sense that way. A very enjoyable read.
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