"Born to the Badge," Western historian Mark Warren's highly anticipated second installment of the trilogy "Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey," will release on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from Five Star – Gale Cengage.
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.
"I have written it as close to the truth as I know how," said Warren. "And as usual, the truth is so much more compelling than the myth. Welcome to the real story."
Was Wyatt Earp the hero that legend has taught us? He was a young man making his way toward some undefined version of financial success in the hardscrabble terrain of America's raw frontier . What he achieved came as a complete surprise to him, for he did not crave a life of notoriety based upon his work as a peace officer.
Yet when we look back on his story, it becomes clear that he was meant for this occupation. What he accomplished is not as important as the manner in which he handled himself in a hostile environment. Always direct and with no talent for politics or affectation, Wyatt Earp won the undying respect of those around him. That or their hatred. There seemed to be no middle-ground.
Perhaps no better example of devotion to Wyatt Earp can be illustrated than his friendship with Doc Holliday, the tubercular ex-dentist whose name will be forever linked with Wyatt’s. What may seem an unlikely bond of two opposing personalities reveals much about the respect and loyalty that Wyatt naturally elicited from others.
In "Born to the Badge," the reader follows Earp’s exploits through Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, where his reputation began to build as he faced down men like George Peshaur, Hurricane Bill, Mannen Clements, Curley Bill Brocius, and Clay Allison.
Though he could not have known it, this proving-ground was leading to a place called Tombstone, Arizona Territory, where, it could be said, his destiny awaited him.
"When I was six years old I checked out a book from my elementary school library and read the so-called 'biography' of Wyatt Earp," said Warren. "The story reached down inside me and gripped me as no story ever had before. Why? Courage has always fascinated me, and whether or not it was courage or lack of fear (two very different ideas) that governed Wyatt Earp’s actions, he had my attention.
"It would be many years before I would discover that this early Earp book was highly fictionalized. The real story, I learned, was more complicated and much more interesting."
Warren has written extensively about nature and primitive survival for magazines, including: "Guernica," "Blue Ridge Highlander," "North Georgia Journal," and "Georgia Backroads."
His published books include: "Two Winters in a Tipi" (Lyons Press, 2012), a memoir, "Secrets of the Forest" (Waldenhouse Publishing, 2016), a 4-volume series on nature/survival, "Adobe Moon" (Five Star Publishing, 2017), a historical novel and first in the trilogy "Wyatt Earp: An American Odyssey."
"Born to the Badge" Nov. 21, and "Promised Land" (Five Star, coming in 2019), the third book in the trilogy.
"Born to the Badge," will be available through all major retailers such as Amazon, BAM, Barnes & Noble etc.
All of Warren’s books are available at www.wyattearpanamericanodyssey.com.