DESTINY’S WAY: A NOVEL OF THE BIG BEND
“Making himself comfortable as best he could, he crawled into some paltry shade near the ruins that offered relief from the rapidly warming sun. Pulling his stained, wide-brimmed felt hat off, he wiped the sweat away from his face with a long sleeved forearm. It would soon be blisteringly hot this day in early May of 1916, and he wanted to sit, watch and listen for a while.
A few minutes later, the sound of shod hooves alerted him that something was in the creek below. The mouse-colored mustang ridden by the dead bandit came into view, walking slowly and dragging his reins on the ground. The weary horse made his way to the river and took his fill, pausing on occasion to look around with ears pricked forward.
Then he began working his way along the river’s edge, muzzle down and sniffing around like some sort of saddled blood hound. When he picked up the scent of the other horses and riders, the mount crossed over to the other side and continued to do the same.”….
This scene, like so many others described in my latest book, actually exists and these are the ruins as they stand today. But even in 1916 they had already been abandoned due to the murderous activities of the Banderas Rojas some six years earlier.
Of course, other things have changed over the past century. The creek and river are now congested with undergrowth, a situation that was not present a hundred years ago. Below the ruins was farmland, and the seasonal floods that occurred helped keep the ground cleared. After the dams were constructed on the Rio Conchos in Mexico, these cleansing torrents no longer came and the brush congestion began.
If you would like to learn more about ‘Destiny’s Way,’ a link follows below. I am receiving high praise for this literary work, and would like to thank everyone involved in making this second book such a success.
You are the people whom I write for.
Ben H. English