Yesterday's Bandit

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AuthorHouse, Oct 1, 2003 - Fiction - 296 pages
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In this autobiography compiled from old diaries and letters, Stuart O. Van Slyke recounts his adventures as a young man born to hardship in the early 20th century. He recalls how he overcame his background through his own grit, imagination, and the support of his family and friends.

            From a 21st century point of view, Stuart's unsupervised childhood seems carefree. Virtually on his own from the beginning, Stuart worked his way through college, where he was introduced to the Army through ROTC, and was the first of his family to graduate. He was called to active duty on June 30, 1941, as a second lieutenant, but his true military career started on Pearl Harbor day. This turned out to a pivotal event in the shaping of his life.

            One of the highlights of the book is his service in the North African Campaign and his passionate yet sensitive command of the 78th Fighter Control Squadron, and later on the staff of the Allied Air Command of Corsica.

            The war's ending found him in Korea in military government in 1945, where he assisted in the start of South Korea's return to the community of countries who were no longer enslaved or ruled by despots.  He had a real bird's eye view of the development of the 38th Parallel dilemma that plagues us even today.

            At the age of 29 in 1946, he was a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, and a civilian again, who wondered what he was now going to do.

 

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
TELLURIDE
20
DRIFTING and DREAMING
32
NIGHT MOVES
45
BARN DANCE BLUES
51
REVELATIONS
63
SKUNK AND BEAR FACTS
75
AMENITIES
91
HOMEWARD BOUND
147
WS RANCH
153
WILCOX
167
NIGHTMARE
182
HEADING SOUTH
197
BANDITOS
225
DISCLOSURES
249
BITTERSWEET FAREWELL
263

HAPPY TRAILS
97
TALES AND TRAILS
113

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Barry Brierley currently lives in Tres Piedras with his wife, Barb, three dogs, a cat, and two horses (Wasichu's Jasmine & Cree), and soon to be moving to Coal Creek, CO. Born in Menomonie, WI and graduating from high school there in 1956, Brierley did a three-year stint in the Marines. He lived in northern Minnesota until he obtained his first art job in Owatonna, MN, employed by Jostens Inc. as an artist from 69 to 79. Leaving the security of that art job, he moved to South Dakota to learn more about himself and his art. During that time he lived on a ridge overlooking Bear Butte, on the northern edge of the Black Hills. Returning to Minnesota in 83, he was employed as Manager of Special Graphics at Wincraft, Inc. He and his wife, Barb, moved their family to Arizona in 1987, and he was employed as a tee shirt designer/illustrator until 89, at which time he started his writing career. ?Doing research for my novels comes naturally to me, ? says Brierley. ?For forty years I have been an illustrator and painter of wildlife and Western scenes. Having a realistic style, my paintings always required a lot of research. Since I am a voracious reader and have acquired a vast amount of information on the Old West; especially the Sioux and their never ending conflict with the white man. A few trips to Utah and Wyoming inspired the book Yesterday's Bandit. Quoting the author, ?I wish I had known Butch, I am sure we would have gotten along just fine.? Spirit Riders was originally written as a screen play. Interest is there, but selling the script has not yet happened. Brierley decided to write it as a novel, and now readers will be able to be a part of this adventure that takes place in 1897, in Lakota territory.

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