Arizona War: A Colton Brothers Saga
The three Colton Brothers get caught up in the American Civil War in 1861 while local Apache uprisings continue to create problems for Texas settlers. Both James and Trace Colton live with the nightmare of having been captives of the Apache under Cochise. Both men, but particularly James, were tortured both mentally and physically by the Indians during their imprisonment. They both survived, but must cope with memories that still haunt their lives.
James has become unstable, and his friends fear him because of his behavior. Trace has managed to control his demons, and he, along with their brother, Andy, try to protect James from harming others. As the story unfolds, James learns he may have to face Cochise and the Apache again.
This novel is the third book in the series Melody Groves has written about the Southwestern frontier. She develops her characters well, especially the inner conflict that takes over the thoughts and actions of James Colton. Even if you don’t normally read westerns, I recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about characters with emotional problems and how they are able to cope with them.