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blackBlack History month gives us an opportunity to journey back and dwell on the impact of the Black experience on the current-day American experience. The “military experiment” of Blacks serving in the army is one of the better-known historical pivot points.

Warriors is chronologically the third in the five-book Jason Peares historical western series. This is a work of fiction, but the conflict between the (Black) Buffalo Soldiers of the Ninth Cavalry and the Apache warriors in the early 1880s was very real and well documented. This was not just a two-sided conflict, though, because there were political and economic factors regarding the business of war that heavily influenced the continuation and outcome of the conflict.

Jason Peares 3What I’ve tried to capture in this story are the thoughts and feelings of the characters on all sides of the conflict as they live through this adventure, to give you, the reader, a glimpse of what life and war were really like for the Apache warriors and the Buffalo Soldiers during their struggles to fight and survive. The characters are fictional, but they’re based on the journals of military officers and enlisted men who served during the frontier wars, and of politicians who influenced government strategy during that time period, as well as interviews with Apache survivors and offspring who lived and fought during the 1880s.

In honor of Black History Month 2015, Warriors is FREE and Courage, Legacy of an Outlaw, and Manhunter are 99c each on February 27th and 28th.

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Making of “Courage”

Buffalo Soldiers Experiment

Pinkerton Cowboy and Cowgirl Detectives in 1880

 1880s Politics of the Indian Wars

Black History month isn’t only about distant history. Sometimes, it can be about just-last-year history. I wrote American Terrorist before the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and the related unrest that sparked a vigorous debate about law enforcement’s relationship with African-Americans and police use-of-force doctrine nationwide.

I wrote the novel because ten years ago I was jacked up by police, and for ten years I’ve been dealing with the trauma of that experience.

1406691483000-sue-e1406929710931So I decided to write a novel about the event because writing is my way of dealing with my own trauma. Of course, I didn’t get shot or tortured or even beat up. But loss of dignity hurts for a very long time. That is the essence that elevates such violence from an individual assault to a collective racial issue.

Of course, a good novel needs plenty of action, suspense, and plot twists. So what if an innocent Black man was assaulted by federal cops who take everything from him? What if he goes berserk and decides to do to them what that they did to him? But what if he is the only person in the world who can find a missing child who will surely die if he doesn’t find a way to work with the same police who destroyed his life?

American Terrorist 1: Where is the Girl?This is a work of fiction, but the perceived violence of police against non-white citizens is a complicated topic. What I’ve tried to capture in this story are the thoughts and feelings and fears of a wanted man trying to deal with the loss of his family, his dignity, and his very reason for living.

In honor of Black History Month 2015, American Terrorist: Where is the Girl? is free on February 27th and 28th. CLICK HERE

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blackDuring Black History month, many folks, including revisionist historians, like to point out little known historical facts that the general populace may not know. For example, a lot of history and western readers know the Pinkertons were also known as cowboy detectives or frontier detectives. But did you know that the Pinkerton National Detective Agency actually hired Black cowboy detectives and cowgirl detectives?
Indeed, they were as well trained as any other, and it is reported that some of the women detectives could handle firearms as well as men and were just as accurate as male sharpshooters.
It’s tough to deliver a historical western that’s true to the genre, but unique enough to capture readers of all ethnicities. Courage is chronologically the first in the five-book Jason Peares historical western series, but I actually wrote it last. I envisioned this story as the “origins” novel—where Jason Peares came from and how he became the outlaw gunfighter he is. At the same time, I wanted to push the boundaries of the traditional western a bit. So in this story, I pitted our hero, a half-black half-white gunfighter, against a very capable and deadly frontier detective…that was a woman!
Jason Peares 1This is a work of fiction, but the origins and expansion of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in the early 1880s is well documented. What I’ve tried to capture in this story are the thoughts and feelings and fears of a wanted man pursued by detectives of a professional man-hunting agency, all the while dreaming of love and family, and of a time and place where he might live free from pursuit.

In honor of Black History Month 2015, Warriors is FREE and Courage, Legacy of an Outlaw, and Manhunter are 99c each on February 27th and 28th.

CLICK HERE to visit a complete listing of Jeffrey Poston’s books on Amazon.

Enjoy the adventure!

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Amazon Author Profile: http://amzn.to/1zmHupb

Related posts:

Pinkerton Cowboy and Cowgirl Detectives in 1880

 1880s Politics of the Indian Wars

Diversity on the Old West Frontier