|"SARAGOSA" by Bill Wilbur
Wilbur, Bill. SARAGOSA, Publish America, Softcover, $16.95
177 pages ISBN 1-4241-0298-7
Most westerns tend to fall into one of two categories, either they are
stories of gritty realism or tales of mythic heroism. Bill Wilbur,
author of Saragosa, manages to tread his own unique path that takes the
reader to neither destination. Yet he still manages to use the best
devices of both forms and please the reader with a fine, balanced tale.
Saragosa is about two brothers whose bitter, unresolved dispute
has them separated by both distance and morality. The elder brother, Brody
McNeel, the sheriff of Saragosa, is a fair, outspoken man who prefers to
talk a man into surrender rather then shoot him.
Orin is an unjustly accused outlaw who has just escaped prison
and is headed for Saragosa to convince his brother of his innocence.
But Orin is a taciturn man whose best arguments come from the barrel of
In a time and place where firearms are sometimes the arbiter
of such conflicts, even brothers cannot count on blood ties to keep them
Their first meeting ends with Orin in jail and the hostility
between them deeper than ever. But before their own conflict can
explode into violence, the Santa Fe Ring, a band of influential and dangerous
men, decide that Brody must die.
Now the two brothers are forced to fight together. Their
only allies are an old man well past his prime and a young deputy with
more heart than experience.
Even if you are not a fan of westerns, read this one. It
might well be the one that converts you.
~ E. Ervin Tibbs
Author of Sunset Tomorrow