Set in the harsh desert world of the Arizona Territory and northern Mexico during the 1870s, Written in Blood follows young Jim Doolen as he searches for his father. As he travels through a scorched landscape Jim crosses paths with an Apache warrior, an old Mexican revolutionary and a mysterious cowboy. With each encounter he learns something more of the strange world he has entered and adds one more link in a chain that leads back to his father’s dark, violent past.

As his story approaches its thrilling conclusion in a ruined Mexican hacienda, Jim comes to realize that, in discovering his past, he has opened the way to his future.

"Wilson is a talented writer, hooking readers within the first few pages of his novel and carrying them along almost effortlessly through the barren lands of Mexico and the Arizona Territory...sure to be an enthralling trilogy that will invite young people into an older world with incredibly relevant contemporary themes." keenreaders


"The tensions among American, Mexican, and Native factions are well drawn, and Wilson pulls no punches regarding the cruelty of the new world into which Jim finds himself thrown." School Library Journal

"The story is very well written and will appeal to young readers, especially boys. It is full of tension and adventure...Recommended." Tri State YA Book Review Committee

"Those readers of westerns and historical adventure who like a mix of action and information (actually quite a large set of readers) will be very taken with this book." Resource Links

"Has all the markers of a classic Western...Wilson's writing is vivid." CM Magazine

"Told in a terse, present-tense narrative, James' adventures will thrill all fans of traditional pulp-style oaters." Booklist

"Chapters are short and action filled, Jim is a likable character and reluctant readers will find this to be a fast-paced, easy-to-swallow tale of the Old West." Kirkus Reviews

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