The Foreign Service Journal - November 2014 - page 50

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plays and nonfiction articles on investing, technology trends and
innovation in government, he is currently at work on his second
novel,
Used
.
Ten percent of the profits from
Broad Horizons
will go to chari-
ties supporting women and children affected by war and violent
conflict.
Frontier Justice:
The Story of Bass Reeves,
Deputy U.S. Marshal
Charles Ray, Uhuru Press, 2014,
$9.99/paperback,$5.99/Kindle,
246 pages.
In this work of historical fiction, Charles
Ray takes readers back to the southern
United States in 1875 and one of early
America’s signature phenomena: frontier justice.
“Indian Territory,” as the state of Oklahoma was originally
known, was then a magnet for criminals of all kinds who hoped
to evade the reach of the law. But when President Ulysses S.
Grant appointed a new judge of the Western District of Arkan-
sas, which included the territory, things began to change. Judge
Isaac Parker was intent on bringing the fugitives to justice. And
in a bold move, he sent 200 deputy marshals to help patrol the
lawless territory.
Among Parker’s deputies was a former slave named Bass
Reeves. Born a slave in 1838, he had spent the Civil War as a run-
away in Indian Territory. An expert tracker who was fluent in five
tribal languages, and a daunting figure at 6’2” and 180 pounds,
Reeves served as a deputy marshal for 32 years.
Ray’s engrossing account of Reeves’ first two years as a law-
man is a fascinating and historically accurate portrayal of the
period. Though Reeves, Parker and the other main characters in
this story are historical figures, their conversations and particu-
lar experiences, like the minor characters, are creations of the
author’s imagination.
Charles Ray is a retired FSO who served in the U.S. Army
for 20 years before joining the U.S. Foreign Service. A former
newspaper and magazine journalist, Ray’s first full-length work
was
Things I Learned fromMy Grandmother about Leadership
and Life
, published in 2008. A native of Texas, Ray now calls
Maryland his home, and has devoted most of his time since
retiring from the Foreign Service to writing and public speaking.
A prolific writer, he is also the author of two new novels (see the
following entries) and a coffee table book on Africa (see p. 59)
In the Dragon’s Lair
Charles Ray, Uhuru Press, 2013, $12.83/
paperback, $6.95/Kindle, 323 pages.
In the Dragon’s Lair
picks up where Charles
Ray’s
White Dragon
left off (see “InTheir
Own Write,” November 2013
FSJ
).
The novel revolves around State Depart-
ment employees in the fictitious country of
Dagastan. When their ambassador is mys-
teriously murdered, Deputy Chief of Mission David Morgan is
put in charge until Washington appoints another ambassador. In
an unstable political situation, with an array of double-dealing
scandals, various murders and Soviet forces sent in to “stabilize”
things, the chargé d’affaires finds himself the target of a witch
hunt as bureaucrats look for a scapegoat.
With much more than their careers at stake, Morgan and his
fellow State Department officials are forced to expose the corrup-
tion that lies behind the curtain in Washington, D.C.
Buffalo Soldier:
Battle at Dead Man’s Gulch
Charles Ray, Uhuru Press, 2014, $7.19/
paperback,$4.99/Kindle, 160 pages.
The seventh installment of the “Buffalo Sol-
dier” series,
Battle at DeadMan’s Gulch
takes
place in the western part of NewMexico Ter-
ritory. Sergeant Ben Carter and his detach-
ment try to track down a band of renegade
Apache who have deserted the reservation.Their search takes them
deep into themountains, where they encounter the renegades, only
to have themescape after a brief skirmish. On their journey, the cav-
alrymen learn they aren’t alone on the ominous mountain. Charles
Ray delivers a captivating tale of death, danger and discrimination
on theWestern frontier. It is a tale of military events written as only a
former soldier could do.
Africa’s Release:
The Journey Continues
Mark Wentling, Peace Corps Writers Book,
2014, $9.76/paperback,$4.99/Kindle,
222 pages.
The sequel to
Africa’s Embrace
, this book is
the story of J.B., who has beenmysteriously
transported froma small town in Kansas to
an even smaller village in Africa called Atuku.
As the townspeople of Kansas scramble to uncover themystery
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