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The Last Apache Girl by Jim Fergus
  

The Last Apache Girl

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In 1930s Mexico a wealthy Mexican rancher's child has been captured by a rogue Apache Indian troop. Passions run high when a hastily formed 'Great Apache Expedition' sets off to retrieve the child and is delivered a captured Apache girl. Although wild and close to death, the girl is seen as an ideal ransom to demand the release of the Mexican boy and so the motley collection of American adventures and war veterans, Mexican soldiers and westernized Apache scouts sets off into the Mexican wilderness. We follow the story from the perspective of photographer to the expedition, Ned Giles, who unwittingly stumbles into a harrowing adventure deep into Apache country.

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The Last Apache Girl by Jim Fergus

For Ned Giles, a 17-year-old amateur photographer, a nightmare of harrowing misadventures begins the day he signs on to the 'Great Apache Expedition'. He is one of dozens of men hoping to free the son of a wealthy Mexican rancher kidnapped by a chillingly ferocious band of Apaches. A huntsman has captured one of their number, a wild young Apache girl, and they plan to use her as ransom.


Like an animal, she bites and spits at anyone who comes near her, but finally allows Ned to wash and feed her. He begins to comprehend her nobility, beauty and strength of character, and so an intense relationship develops that is to transform their lives, but that is ultimately doomed.


Inspired by real events that took place during the Great Depression, peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters, and set against the amazing landscape of Arizona, Mexico and the Sierra Madre badlands, this is a novel of high adventure, aching nostalgia and redemptive love.

About the Author

Jim Fergus
Jim Fergus is a journalist and the author of A Hunter's Road, a memoir and One Thousand White Women, a novel and word-of-mouth bestseller in America. His work has appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers in America. He lives in Montana and South Arizona.

Photograph © copyright Mari Tudisco

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Publication date

1st September 2006

Author

Jim Fergus

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www.jimfergus.com/

Publisher

Pan Macmillan

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Paperback

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ISBN

9780330445856

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