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Monday, December 12, 2016


Hi, I’m Andrew McBride.

When I was a boy growing up in England, it was a school friend who set me down the long trail to the Wild West. He loaned me a book called Broken Arrow, which was a junior version of Elliot Arnold’s great novel Blood Brother. Broken Arrow was, of course, the title of the 1950 movie starring James Stewart and Jeff Chandler, made from Arnold’s book.

I was instantly absorbed in the story of the Chiricahua Apaches under their tragic, haunted leader Cochise. Just about the same time, I started visiting my pal’s house to watch the new TV Channel BBC 2. One of its signature programmes was the TV western series The High Chaparral. As synchronicity would have it, this show used as its backcloth the war with Cochise. It also broke the mould of TV Westerns by being filmed almost entirely on location in the Southern Arizona desert, a landscape I instantly fell in love with. Later, I saw the Old Tucson locations used again and again in movies from Rio Bravo to Winchester 73.

Growing up I became fascinated by the 19th Century American west and particularly Native American culture and history. I was moved by famous passages of Native American oratory, such as Cochise’s speech where he asks: ‘Why do the Apaches wait to die? Why do they carry their lives on their fingernails?’

Some famous Apaches:
Naiche (or Nachay; also Natchez), son of Cochise.

Victim of the Apache wars:
Journalist Fred W. Loring, photographed in Arizona November 5, 1871,
4 hours before he was killed by Apaches.

I wanted a story that combined tough action with an interracial love affair; that dealt with Native American culture and the struggle of people to survive in a land that was both mercilessly cruel and astonishingly beautiful. Out of such elements THE PEACEMAKER was born. I hope you enjoy it.
Eighteen-year-old scout Calvin 'Choctaw' Taylor believes he can handle whatever life throws his way. He’s been on his own for several years, and he only wants to make his mark in the world. When he is asked to guide peace emissary Sean Brennan and his adopted Apache daughter, Nahlin, into a Chiricahua Apache stronghold, he agrees—but then has second thoughts. He’s heard plenty about the many ways the Apache can kill a man. But Mr. Brennan sways him, and they begin the long journey to find Cochise—and to try to forge a peace and an end to the Indian Wars that have raged for so long. During the journey, Choctaw begins to understand that there are some things about himself he doesn’t like—but he’s not sure what to do about it. Falling in love with Nahlin is something he never expected—and finds hard to live with. The death and violence, love for Nahlin and respect for both Cochise and Mr. Brennan, have a gradual effect on Choctaw that change him. But is that change for the better? Can he live with the things he’s done to survive in the name of peace?

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Choctaw blinked sweat and sunspots out of his eyes and began to lower the field glasses; then he glimpsed movement.

He used the glasses again, scanning nearer ground, the white sands. He saw nothing.

And then two black specks were there suddenly, framed against the dazzling white. They might have dropped from the sky.

They grew bigger. Two horsebackers coming this way, walking their mounts. As he watched they spurted into rapid movement, whipping their ponies into a hard run towards him.

The specks swelled to the size of horses and men. Men in faded smocks maybe once of bright colour, their long hair bound by rags at the temple. They had rifles in their hands.

Breath caught in Choctaw’s throat. Fear made him dizzy. His arms started to tremble. He knew who was coming at him so fast.


And you killed them or they killed you.


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  1. Fantastic, Andrew .... My path too was paved by an Australian Cleveland Western a friend gave to me. Good luck with the book.

  2. Thanks for your comments, B S. I'm not familiar with Australian Cleveland Westerns. What are they? Andrew

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  4. Really look forward to reading the peacemaker I grew up reading louis L'Amour and max brand among others to be honest I haven't read one of your books yet but as soon as I finish my current novel I plan to jump nose first into one of yours can't wait I know you can't go wrong with a good native American story so I'm definitely excited

  5. Great Kyle. I'm very proud of THE PEACEMAKER so that would be a good place to start. Like you, Louis L'Amour was one of the western writers I grew up with - I even worked briefly for his British publisher. Andrew

  6. Not in the running for the free book because I have already read it. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. I really like the pictures in your post, especially the one journalist. The story of his death so soon following having this picture taken must be a story in itself.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Robyn, and thanks for the 5 star review on If I remember the tragic story of Fred Loring, he was shot by an Apache sniper as he rode along with a surveying party.

  7. Not in the running for the free book because I have already read it. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. I really like the pictures in your post, especially the one journalist. The story of his death so soon following having this picture taken must be a story in itself.

  8. Congratulations, Andrew. Welcome to the Sundown family.

  9. There was, for a short period of time, a TV series titled Broken Arrow which starred Michael Ansara as Cochise. It is so fascinating to me to learn of the English who like westerns.
    I hope you have a very long and productive working life with Sundown Press, Andrew. I wish you every success.

  10. Thanks Sarah for your kind comments. There's plenty of Brits who love westerns and even some like me who write them, which is another subject worth discussing. I remember commenting about a very interesting article on Cochise you wrote on 'Sweethearts of the West.'

  11. Congratulations Andrew. I grew up reading westerns and the novels fast pace, in depth characters combined with a real knowledge of the American west puts THE PEACEMAKER at the top of my reading list.

    1. Thanks very much, Elizabeth. I'm very grateful for your kind comments, and very glad you're enjoying it.

  12. Congratulations to you, Elizabeth! Your perceptive comments have won you a free of THE PEACEMAKER. Let me have your e.mail address and I'll e.mail it to you! Andrew

  13. thanks very much Andrew my email address is