They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. Free was the only man Geronimo ever feared. He played a pivotal role in this long war for the Southwest with his pursuit of the renegade scout, Apache Kid. In this sprawling, monumental work, Paul Hutton unfolds over two decades of the last war for the West through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. This is Mickey Free's story, but also the story of his contemporaries: the great Apache leaders Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Victorio; the soldiers Kit Carson, O. O. Howard, and Nelson Miles; the frontiersmen Al Sieber, Tom Horn, and Texas John Slaughter; the scout Alchesay and the Apache female warrior Lozen; the fierce Apache warrior Geronimo; and the Apache Kid. These lives shaped the violent history of the deserts and mountains of the Southwestern borderlands where a people would make a final, bloody stand against an American war machine bent on their destruction.
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"Jonathan Yen's baritone does well in narrating this history of the quarter-century-long struggle for control of the American Southwest. The cast of characters includes Cochise, Geronimo, Kit Carson, Nelson Miles, Mangas Coloradas, and Mickey Free, whose kidnapping started the whole affair and whose pursuit of the Apache Kid ended it three decades later. Yen is consistent in reading narrative with an expressive and clear voice that works well. He affects a different voice for quotes that is effective but not all that different from his narrative voice. All of it is done with great verve and energy, making for an enjoyable listening experience. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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