I don't think he is going to be able to sell me on Curly Bill living until 1909 and surviving Tombstone/Wyatt and especially on having a "more successful life" than Wyatt. In particular, if one takes posthumous fame into account, there is no contest with ANY Old West character in this regard. I am willing to give him a chance and hear (read) him out.
I do agree that reading any of Lee Silva's books would make one a "very happy camper" as he is such an amazing writer. If you have never read his "historical novel" "The Mexican Operation" I would HIGHLY recommend it. Although it has little to do with the "Old West" (one can read his Wyatt Earp series ... for that - he is just putting the finishing touches on the next volume and it should be out within the next year); it should be required reading for anyone living in the Southwestern states and any interest whatsoever in immigration matters. Lee covers the issues involved from both sides of the aisle and really makes one think twice; no matter what ones thoughts were previously. I can promise this book will make the reader at least reconsider their view somewhat, I know it did for me. Lee really shows his stuff in this novel which is just about impossible to put down once you begin the read. I think we all know what a great writer Lee is; one of the best, if not the best, Old West writer alive today. After reading "The Mexican Operation" you may well think the latter.
All My Best to you Leah!
PS - Lee is currently reviewing several offers he has had to make "The Mexican Operation" into a movie. I am certain this will happen in the near future as the novel is just begging for that, and has a very important story to tell. I think a TV mini-series would even be better as it is a complex and significant story which may be difficult to portray in a 2 hour movie.
PS2 - I just passed your message on to Mary as she left the house; she sends her love to you and James too.
I've been informed, and am passing the information on to all of you, of the simultaneous publication of two books by Westernlore Press in Tucson, Arizona. The books will be available sometime around... more
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