This novel traces the West through three generations of Chapmans from the ending of the great American cowboy of the late 1800s through the hellish aftermath of the Korean War. Patriarch F.E. Chapman learned from legendary gunfighter, Ab Quezada, and passed the lessons through son, Martin, to grandson, Pete. From deserted mining towns of the New Mexico Territory and stolen Confederate treasure hidden in El Malpais to the murderous Ciudad Juárez streets and violent border wars, three generations of the Chapman family struggle to keep their way of life. This is a story of brave women, a sociopathic killer, outlaws living past their time, and men who have the grit to take on the rugged rangeland of the Pecos and Rio Grande valleys.
Every man dreams. Sometimes a dream turns true——it may be something you longed for or it may be something you would not wish upon your worst adversary.
Frances Elmore Chapman wanted to live the life of a cowboy, wanted to work on a cattle drive, but most of all, he wanted to be like his mentor, Abe Quezada, one of the last of the famed gunfighters. But Chapman’s Tennessee upbringing had not equipped him for any of this.
The Chapman Legacy recounts a young man’s struggles in the raw New Mexico Territory as he fights border wars, manhunts in the deadly nights of Ciudad Juárez, and loves a woman who no man should love.
Spanning from the early days of the Civil War to the 1970s, you will not readily forget Chapman or the men who became his legacy.