Palo Duro

Page Publishing Inc
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 “Palo Duro” Book Synopsis Westward expansion following the civil war ushered in an era of increased conflict between the Southern Plains Indians and white settlers. Peace treaties offered temporary suspension of hostilities, but more often than not resulted in broken promises as the two cultures clashed over land. The construction of frontier forts and towns, the decimation of the buffalo herds, the movement of cattle through Indian lands to burgeoning western markets, – all of these forces threatened a way of life that had existed for centuries. The Comanche, the Southern Cheyenne, the Kiowa, the Apache all fought to protect their customs and homelands. The clashes were characterized by savagery on both sides - Indian and white. However, finite numbers and options would ensure the tribes' defeat; they faced certain death or forced relocation, and their days were numbered. While the Indian wars are the focus of “Palo Duro,” the novel also pays homage to the great cattle drives from Texas into Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Montana, the cowboys, and the gunslingers. The famous and the infamous –icons of the “Old West” populate its pages and bring new life to a genre that is fading from public consciousness – the western. “Palo Duro” recalls an era characterized by heroism, brutality, bold ventures, lawlessness, and law enforcement. It is the story of the Southwest United States towards the end of the nineteenth century and an ode to the rugged individualism that made this country.
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  Max Knight was born in Panama and grew up in the Canal Zone and in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. A Distinguished Military Graduate, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and served honorably for twenty-four years as an Air Defense Artillery Officer, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In addition to assignments within his basic branch, Max also specialized as a Foreign Area Officer with over sixteen years experience in both the European Theatre of Operations (Germany and Greece), and within U.S. Southcom (Panama, Honduras, and El Salvador). He received the Defense Superior Service Medal for his service in El Salvador during that country’s civil war. Max retired in 1997. After retiring from active duty, Max worked as the Director of Internal Operations for RCI Technologies in San Antonio, and also became the first volunteer docent at the Alamo for which he was recognized by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. However, following the tragic events of 9/11/2001, Max once again volunteered to serve his country by providing critical Counterintelligence support to the Department of Defense. He spent ten years as a DoD Contractor operating in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Central America. Max now resides with his wife, Janet “Gray,” in San Antonio where they have maintained a permanent home for the past twenty-two years. They have five children; Lisa, Max Lee (deceased), Brad, Brian, and Sean. Max also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Government from Campbell University. His first book, “Silver Taps,” a personal memoir of his relationship with his dad and his struggle to come to grips with his father’s death, was published by Outskirts Press, Inc. in March 2015.

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Page Publishing Inc
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Jan 5, 2017
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Fiction / Historical
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