“Man Hunt” is the story of the Espinosas, members of a secret brotherhood, who rampage through Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico robbing and killing, but only Gringos. Tom Tobin is an illiterate hunter, trader, rancher, Indian fighter and sometimes U. S. Army guide. He leads a small detachment of soldiers to hunt the Espinosas, tracks them down, uses his Hawken 54 caliber rifle to kill them at long range then cuts off their heads. He returns to Fort Garland with the grisly trophies but refuses the large reward for killing them. Why were Gringos the only targets of the Espinosas? Why did Tobin agree to hunt his wife’s cousins? How did the doctrine of Manifest Destiny result in the Mexican-American War and the annexation of what is now New Mexico, Arizona, and much of Colorado and Utah? How did the Americans legally steal huge tracts of land from the New Mexicans? The era of the Mountain Man, the San Luis Valley and events leading to and following the Mexican-American War provide the backdrop for this story of revenge, redemption, repentance and brutality.
Whiskey Creek Press
August 7, 2012
A good story with excellent character development. I rarely read historical fiction but this one grabbed me from the first page.
More history than fiction, I still thought it a good mixture of the two and the characters were brought alive within the story.
Certainly an intelligent read and worthwhile, especially for those drawn to this genre.
Julie Powel, Goodreads