Book: Man Hunt by David R. Grosscategories: Book, Historical Fiction, Mountain Man Era, Indian Fighter, Army Scout, Tom Tobin, Mexican-American War, 1860's, San Luis Valley, Western
David R. Grossabout this book: The Espinosas, members of a secret brotherhood, rampage through Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico robbing and killing Gringos. Tom Tobin, an illiterate hunter, trader, rancher, Indian fighter and sometimes U. S. Army scout leads a small detachment of soldiers to hunt the Espinosas. He tracks them down, uses his Hawken 54 caliber rifle to kill them at long range then cuts off their heads. He returns to Fort Garland with the grisly trophies but refuses the large reward for killing them.
Why were Gringos the only targets of the Espinosas? Why did Tobin agree to hunt his wife's cousins but refuse the reward? How did the doctrine of Manifest Destiny result in the Mexican-American War, the annexation of what is now New Mexico, Arizona, much of Colorado and Utah and the legal thievery of huge tracts of land from the New Mexicans?
The Mountain Man era, the San Luis Valley, the Penitentes and events leading to and following the Mexican-American War, provide the backdrop for this true story of revenge, redemption, repentance and brutality.
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