Warrior At Peace
The mighty Apache warrior, Geronimo, died and was buried as a prisoner of war in 1907, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. For many years rumors existed about the desecration of his grave in 1917, and that the theft of his skull and leg bones was committed by a group of young army officers who had been classmates at Yale University. The recent discovery of an original letter written by one of these men describing the theft in detail lifted the story from rumor to reality.
Chiste crafted this story in which Tom Lasino, who Chiste’ originally introduced in his award-winning terrorism thriller, Eagles Don’t Die, is contacted by former Vice President Randall and is asked to engage in a personal mission on his behalf regarding this Geronimo incident. Lasino, along with two of Geronimo’s grandchildren, devise and execute an action packed plan to liberate and repatriate Geronimo’s remains.
Lasino’s and his compatriots’ adventure leads them from the Mescalero Indian reservation in New Mexico, to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to Yale University, to New York’s Thousand Island region, to the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore, and finally to the headwaters of the Gila River in New Mexico where Geronimo wanted to be buried.
In the course of Lasino’s mission he encounters murders, robberies, international conspiracy, and corrupt politicians. The conflicts between honor and dishonor, courage and cowardice, greed and selflessness tug at the characters throughout this mission. The adventure takes many twists and turns in which some of the most noble of characters turn out to be despicable.
Though a novel, this story educates the reader about the strength of traditions, conviction, and pride among Native Americans. The true character of Geronimo, based on his own words, boldly jumps from each chapter.”