In the early days of the Civil War, when things were going mostly for the South, the Confederacy planned to extend its empire to California, taking advantage of the Pacific ports and vast goldfields. But first, they had to secure the New Mexico Territory.
For Mace Alexander and his freinds, the Civil War was just the beginning. Through the crucible of war, they would become brothers... though not all would survive. In the broiling heat of the desert, and across sun-swept mountains, they would become frontiersmen.
As Mace would try to put the horrors of war behind him, he found new ones to deal with as he fought in the Arizona Apache Wars, determined to make the land safe for its stalwart settlers. Nothing could have prepared him for the unbelievable ferocity suffered by the victims.
In the midst of this harsh land, with harsher men, Mace found an oasis of peace and beauty in the love of Angelina, the only daughter of Don Miguel, the region's most powerful Ranchero owner. Could their love prevail over cultural clashes with the Spanish aristocracy, not to mention the ever present threat of hostile Indians?
Through love and war, with loss and survival, Mace learns that life changes everything and everyone. It's always pushing forth new horizons. If you don't keep up with it, you'll be left behind, swept away. In order to survive, you have to face... and embrace these changes.
Driven by revenge, and bound together by loyalty and love, Mace and his band of brothers would face the ultimate challenge to their lives, and to their very souls. For the deadliest, most ruthless enemy of all awaited them... the Apache Snake Dancers! Their unholy sacrifices and blood crazed ferocity threatened to drive out the struggling white man forever. In the inevitable clash to come, there could only be one victor... one survivor. Only one to see... beyond the horizons.
Douglas Boren has spent much of his life living across North America. From Alaska to Florida, from New England to New Mexico, he has a first hand knowledge of many of the locales in this book. A retired Physician Assistant, and avid Master scuba diver, he divides his time between the Caribbean and his home in North Carolina. He has always had a profound fondness for history, believing that rather than just a series of dates and events, it is a living record of real people, much like ourselves, and their role in the unfolding story of life. Beyond the Horizons is his first novel.
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