"Born to the Badge," Western historian Mark Warren's highly anticipated second installment of the trilogy "Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey," was honored as a 2019 Spur Award Finalist! These widely researched novels transport the reader back to the 19th century West with a true-to-life portrayal of America’s most legendary lawman.
This trilogy represents the culmination of more than 60 years of research and contains information about Earp’s life not known to the general public. It’s all here: the ambitions and failures of a man who wanted more for himself than police work . . . the decisions of disgrace and the moments of nobility . . . acts of shame and acts of moral pride.
Warren says: "I have written it as close to the truth as I know how. And as usual, the truth is so much more compelling than the myth. Welcome to the real story."
Reviews for "Born to the Badge":
"In 1896, Ed Colburn, who had been a Dodge City attorney during that town's turbulent early years, remembered Wyatt Earp: 'While there (Dodge City), I saw Wyatt Earp do things you wouldn't undertake for a million dollars, and yet he did it every day just as a street car conductor rings up fares or a banker receives deposits.' In 'Born to the Badge' Mark Warren follows Earp through the Kansas cow-towns where he first makes a name for himself. They still talk about Wyatt Earp in Wichita and Dodge City. After reading this book, you'll understand why." ~Jeff Morey, Historical Consultant for the movie "Tombstone."
"Not every writer understands that the most important line in any book is the hook - that opening sentence which grabs your attention and makes you eager to read on. 'Born to the Badge' opens with the following line: 'Wichita, Kansas, was hell in the making...' and there I went - engrossed for hours...Warren is able to convey scenes with a cinematic clarity. In this way, I can see the store room lit by the warm glow of a single lantern; and the prairie crossing at night, guided solely by the stars above and the subtle shapes of the land smudged on a distant horizon" ~Peta Stevalli, New Zealand Booklovers
"Warren's novel paints a vivid picture of the lawlessness of the American Frontier...Although this book is a fictionalized account, its dedication to facts will keep history buffs satisfied, and its colorful similes will put a smile on any genre-fiction lover's face." ~ Booklist
Read Chapter one of "Adobe Moon", first book in the trilogy, for free on Mark's website www.wyattearpanamericanodyssey.com
Also available at this event, "Two Winters in a Tipi" a memoir of the 2 years Mark lived in a Plains American Indian style Tipi after losing his home and belongings in a devastating fire.
Read Chapter One of Two Winters in a Tipi on Mother Earth News for free. https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/nature/living-in-a-tipi-ze0z1205zwar