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Deathsong: The Shocking Story of the Last Free Apaches in the 1930s

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Deathsong, the much-anticipated second volume of the acclaimed Beloved Captive trilogy, has just been released. Fans of 1883 and Lonesome Dove will love this latest page-turner from Texas author Max McNabb. Inspired by shocking true events, this historical novel continues the story of the last free Apaches—who lived hidden in the Sierra Madre well into the 1930s—and their 1926-kidnapping of a rancher’s son.

The cover of Deathsong features a stunning historic photo by Edward S. Curtis of Apaches dressed as the Mountain Spirits and the Sacred Clown standing to the side.

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In Deathsong, we follow the unforgettable characters first introduced in Far Blue Mountains. Ride with Jubal McKenna, searching the sierras for Apache camps and his captive son. With each cold trail, his mission turns from rescue to revenge.

Meanwhile John Russell McKenna—now called Denali, his Apache name—undergoes the warrior’s rite of passage. Every step of the way we are with Denali, descending into a hidden bee cave to gather wild honey, in the dark woods of his vision quest, and when he discovers a shocking secret about the band’s immortal shaman. The secret threatens Denali’s new life.

Deathsong: The Shocking Story of the Last Free Apaches in the 1930s

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Far Blue Mountains introduced readers to the legendary soldier of fortune known only as Cain. In Deathsong, we are perched like a carrion angel on Cain’s shoulder while he relives the past. Perhaps the single most compelling sequence of the novel is Cain’s Bildungsroman—a young man’s education in the world from childhood to manhood.

From his boyhood at Los Ebanos—the only hand-operated cable ferry in Texas—to his witnessing of Geronimo’s final surrender, we ride the dark back trails of Cain’s brutal life. A dream within a dream—Cain’s theft of a mysterious ring from a dead man’s hand, his time as a cavalry officer, lost years wandering continents as a soldier of fortune.

Deathsong: The Shocking Story of the Last Free Apaches in the 1930s

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Dolores, Jubal’s adopted Apache daughter, feels her heart torn as the momentum of two worlds builds to unstoppable collision. Inspired by historical events, Deathsong is a triumph from Texas novelist Max McNabb. One to the heart, one to the head—McNabb’s prose is a knock-out combo of grand adventure and bone-deep longing. Get your copy of Far Blue Mountains here and snag the newly-published Deathsong here.

Deathsong: The Shocking Story of the Last Free Apaches in the 1930s

Photo: Max McNabb

Dolores, Jubal’s adopted Apache daughter, feels her heart torn as the momentum of two worlds builds to unstoppable collision. Inspired by historical events, Deathsong is a triumph from Texas novelist Max McNabb. One to the heart, one to the head—McNabb’s prose is a knock-out combo of grand adventure and bone-deep longing.

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