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March 14, 2015

ADOBE GOLD by Robert C. Mowery


The Stone Justice Series
Book 1
Robert C. Mowry

Author of Fugitive Father
Smoking Springs


(from back of book)
He's been dead for fifteen years. That's what everyone believes.  The truth is, that's when Colonel Tyrone Rafter disappeared down in Mexico while on a top secret mission.  After the loss of a leg and seen long years in a decrepit prison, he escapes only to learn his beloved wife, Laura, has married another.  Rafter than manifests his bitterness by foisting terror on any and all who dare cross his path as he roams the Rio Grande area south of the border.

Then one night an old padre brings word that Laura has died.  Rafter starts on a quest to clean up his life, get justice for his hardships, and find his son.
He calls on his old friend, Abe Lincoln, newly elected President of the United Sates.  Rafter once saved Lincoln's life when the two were teenagers.  Lincoln now persuades this old spy to take on one more mission--well, two, really.
Can this military hero turned outlaw, known to the fearful Mexican populous as El Pata Fantasma (the wooden legged ghost), now "die" again, to be transformed forevermore into a radically new man: Parson Justin P. Stone?
 Product Details
  • Series: Stone Justice
  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Tru-Con Publishing (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996036512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996036511
Robert Mowery is a longtime resident of New Mexico, where much of this story takes place. He is a student of the area's rich history with firsthand knowledge of most of the settings and locations depicted in this story.  ADOBE GOLD is a realistic, though fictional, depiction of historic events.


President Lincoln sent Colonel Tyrone Rafter to to Mexico to find an important man in the Civil War.  Rafter after being captured, had his leg sawed off since it was so badly wounded.  The Mexican doctor wasn't a good doctor at all.  For seven years, Rafter was kept prisoner where he was starved, tortured and the conditions were horrendous.  He finally escaped and got home, only to find that his wife, Laura, who thought he was dead, had remarried. He never told her he was alive. After that, Rafter became a different person, full of bitterness and hostility.  He was one of the most violent and dangerous men in Mexico.  He was know as El Pata Fantasma. Lincoln found out he was alive and sent him out on another dangerous mission. Rafter was to find out if there actually was gold in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area or was  it just a rumor?
Rafter spent time with a minister to adapt to the role of being a minister.  An abandoned dog, Dinger, became his friend.  He visited all the towns between D.C. and Santa Fe to let everyone know he was Pastor Justin P Stone.
He later learns that Laura died and his son, Buck has a bad temper and his in the military. Even though Rafter was actually an atheist as he did the things pastors normally do, he began to question if there really was a God.
 I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a mixture of Westerns, war, death, Indians, love, hate and a tremendous page turner to grab a copy and go on this fictional and yet somewhat factual journey.
I received a complimentary copy  of ADOBE GOLD from the author, Robert C. Mowery for my view of the book.

I would give this book 5 STARS.




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