The US Army and a brutal Apache chief prepare for an epic showdown in the New Mexico desert in this novel from a master storyteller of the West.
Ward Kinsman has done all he can to escape civilization, spending the summer in a desert mountain range, deep in Apache territory, sifting for gold and praying he never sees another settler again. After a month of backbreaking work, he sees a trail of dust in the distance, and knows a white man has come to find him . . . which means the Apache are right behind.
The Apache leader is Diablito, or the Little Devil, a warrior so vicious even his own men fear his rage. He’s clever and unpredictable, and he hates Kinsman. The US Army has Diablito in its sights, and they want Kinsman to lead them to him. But finding the Little Devil will mean putting Kinsman’s own neck on the line—and risking the life of the most beautiful woman in the territory.
Made into a 1950 MGM film starring Robert Taylor, this tense western adventure, considered one of the genre’s best cavalry stories, is a classic example of Luke Short’s fiction. From its daring lone-wolf hero to its sweeping desert landscapes, Ambush is the American West at its roughest, toughest, and most exciting.