258 pages, 16 photos
$24.95 hardcover (ISBN 978-1-890689-26-1)
FINALIST, 2007 BEST BOOKS USA BOOK NEWS
FINALIST, 2007 NEW MEXICO BOOK AWARDS
SILVER MEDALIST-HISTORICAL FICTION, 2007 BOOKS OF THE YEAR, FOREWORD MAGAZINE
FINALIST, 2007 SOUTHWEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, TUCSON-PIMA PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
FINALIST-HISTORICAL FICTION, 2008 INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARDS
November 21, 2007:
Dave DeWitt is featured in the November 21 Albuquerque Journal in an article called "Novel Twist for Cook Book Author and Fiery Foods Expert;" check it out HERE.
Dave DeWitt is the featured Author of the Month for November at MyShelf.com; check it out HERE.
November 1, 2007:
Avenging Victorio has been selected as a Finalist in the 2007 National Best Book Awards from USABook News.
October 1, 2007:
Avenging Victorio has been selected as a Finalist in the 2007 New Mexico Book Awards.
September 10, 2007:
Dave DeWitt was a guest on the TJ Trout show on KRZZ Radio (94.1) in Albuquerque on Monday, September 10.
August 10, 2007:
Avenging Victorio was featured in the Albuquerque Tribune on August 10, 2007; check it out here.
August 10, 2007:
Avenging Victorio was featured in the Las Cruces Sun News on August 10, 2007; check it out here.
Albuquerque The Magazine will profile Avenging Victorio in one of its upcoming issues.
"Dave DeWitt's 1880s battle novel is so well-crafted, it's hard to believe he wasn't actually there. DeWitt has crafted an entertaining, enlightening novel that will hopefully not be his last. It's well-known that an attention to detail differentiates a good chef from a great one; DeWitt's skills have clearly carried over into the realm of novel writing." -- Tucson Weekly. CLICK HERE FOR THE WHOLE REVIEW
November 1, 2007:
Beverly J. Rowe of MyShelf.com gives DeWitt high marks for Avenging Victorio, noting "He heats up the action and puts your interest level in high gear. This powerful and absorbing story of the Apache rebellion in New Mexico in 1881 had me cheering for both sides of the conflict, since the Apaches and the Army are given equal voice in this unique novel that is one of the best I've read this year."
October 13, 2007:
Avenging Victorio is reviewed on Amazon.com. "Dramatic, moving story ... historical fiction at its best! Powerful! This is a book for every American citizen to read and pass along to their offspring. Brilliantly written, this is a story that will haunt the reader long after the cover is closed." The complete review is available here.
Avenging Victorio is reviewed in the Fall 2007 issue of POSH Magazine. "Superbly portrays the cultural differences and motivations ... grows like a hunger!" The complete review is available here.
Avenging Victorio is reviewed in the October 2007 issue of True West Magazine which will be on newsstands September 25. The rave review notes: "This swiftly moving tale of death and revenge has long needed to be told." The complete review is available at True West Magazine.
September 26, 2007:
Avenging Victorio is reviewed on Amazon.com. "Balanced ... quite vivid ... likely to whet the reader's appetite to learn more!" The complete review is available here.
September 19, 2007:
Avenging Victorio received a Five-Star review from Amazon.com. The review says, "This is historical fiction at its best. ... This is a book for every American citizen to read and pass along to their offspring. The story is a reminder of the high price paid by the frontiersman and settlers of the West. It is also a reminder of the high price paid by the American Indian in their attempt to maintain their land, culture and way of life. Brilliantly written, this is a story that will haunt the reader long after the cover is closed on the last chapter." The complete review is available at Midwest Book Review and Amazon.com.
Avenging Victorio received rave reviews from New Mexico Magazine in its September 2007 issue: which will be on newsstands August 17. The review notes "The dynamic narrative format builds suspense as the reader eagerly awaits the discovery of which strategies will ultimately accomplish each side's goal—defeating the enemy… creates a kinship between a contemporary reader and the usually intangible characters of New Mexico's past." The complete review is available at New Mexico Magazine.
Avenging Victorio was reviewed in the September 2007, Midwest Book Reviews and on Kaye Trout Reviews. The review notes: "Avenging Victorio is indeed a fast-paced, fascinating, historical novel bound to entertain and educate at the same time. DeWitt’s technique of telling this tale from two perspectives–the Apache’s and the military–provides a truer sense of history and the cultures. As I live in the four-corners area just north of New Mexico, I personally enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it to readers who enjoy historical western-type novels. Genre: Fiction/SW History; Rating: Excellent" The complete review is available here.
Avenging Victorio was reviewed on August 14, 2007, at Reader Views, an online book review service. The review notes: "Dave DeWitt created engaging and believable characters on both sides of the conflict, showing their motivation and their beliefs.... a well-rounded volume about fighters on both sides of the encounter as well as a very eye-opening read about the Apache culture and customs. ... an enthralling book, which grabs you quickly and does not let go. If you are like me, your only disappointment will be that it ends too quickly." The complete review is available at ReaderViews.com.
Avenging Victorio received a rave review on August 9, 2007, from BellaOnline.com.
The review notes, "... a throughly engrossing tale that takes the reader on a legendary journey ...For historical value alone, this book is a winner, yet it will intrigue you with its tales, its characters, and its sense of location, pulling you deeper and deeper into its depths, until you find yourself fully absorbed and engrossed in the territorial history of the late 1800’s, never wanting it to end. I have never enjoyed a historical novel as much as I did this one." The complete review is available at BellaOnline.com.
Avenging Victorio is featured in the forthcoming titles listings for the Historical Novel Society Review.
Avenging Victorio is slated for review in the Independent Publisher magazine.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico gives the book high praise!!!!
“David DeWitt makes the transition from cookbook author to novelist with ease in Avenging Victorio. He demonstrates considerable flair for characterization and for action as he convincingly presents both sides of the conflict between white settlers and Apache natives in this well researched and fascinating historical novel.” — Judith Van Gieson, Southwest author
“New Mexican chile impresario David DeWitt’s new novel tells the story of the Apache Nana and his clan avenging Victorio’s defeat at the hands of General Edward Hatch, for whom the chile capital is named, in the southern mountains of New Mexico. It also tells the tale of the hidden Bridal Chamber cache of gold, silver and precious stones that still lures treasure seekers to Victorio’s Peak. A tasty historical novel of the territory in the 1880s.”—Ruth E. Francis, book marketing consultant
“Rich in authentic detail of Apache life ways and war practices, this book vividly recreates one of the last major episodes of Indian raiding in the desert Southwest. Once started, I found DeWitt’s engrossing book hard to put down. Powerful and absorbing!”— Marc Simmons, author and historian