Every story has its beginning. Every great man starts as a boy. Every boy must stumble.
In the years following the Civil War an unsophisticated Iowa farm boy feels the inner fire of ambition but struggles to find a direction that matches his rough-hewn temperament. Because of his physicality, confidence, and a willingness to exercise deliberate courage, he will eventually find his place at the margin of respectability and be admired by his peers. But first he has some tough dues to pay. His name is Wyatt Earp.
In his young adult years Earp was many things—farmer, wagon train hunter, freight hauler, stage driver, railroad wrangler, husband, constable, wood splitter, accused horse thief, brothel bouncer, buffalo hunter, gambler, and lawman—most of this in the "new" and raw land of America's untapped West. The possibilities seemed endless for Wyatt, but history remembers him as a peace officer, a role he never wanted but that fate forced upon him. He was that good at it. His name will always be spoken anytime that a conversation arises about justice vs. law and order . . . and how those American commodities do not always balance on the scales of a courtroom bench.
Mark Warren is the author of Secrets of the Forest (Four Volumes), Two Winters in a Tipi, Indigo Heaven, Song of the Horseman, and The Last Pistoleer. Mark is a lifelong student of Native American History and the West with a special focus on Wyatt Earp. He teaches wilderness survival skills at his school, Medicine Bow, in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
It is plain Mark Warren knows Wyatt Earp’s story in ways that few others do. In the restless ramblings of the young Wyatt, Warren found clues to the man Earp would be . . . now, I have much to ponder as a result of reading [The Long Road to Legend].
Warren stays close to history [in] this wonderfully written work. Historical fiction can be a delight, and Warren delivers.
Mark Warren is the first writer to illuminate the Earp story from the inside.