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The survival of Juan Oro
Brand, Max, 1892-1944.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Unity, Me. : Five Star, [1999]

Physical Description:
259 pages ; 22 cm.
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Juan Oro, raised by Yaqui Indians, was unquestionably American, though he would never know his parents or where he had come from. In a battle between the Yaqui and the Spanish, Juan is captured and befriended by Don Jose Fontana, a wealthy Spanish grandee who later sends Juan be tutored by the notorious outlaw, Matias Bordi. Juan will become the surest shot, the deadliest hand with a knife - a true master of weapons and battle. The cost? He must kill his mentor before he comes home...

Author Notes

Max Brand is the best-known pen name of Frederick Faust, who was born in Seattle, Washington in 1882, and orphaned early. Faust grew up in the rural San Joaquin Valley of California. At the University of California, Berkeley, he became a student rebel and a one-man literary movement, contributing to campus publications. He was denied his degree because of his unconventional conduct. He then traveled, ending up in New York City where he received simultaneous recognition as a serious poet and successful popular-prose writer. Later, he traveled further, making his home in New York, then in Florence, Italy, and finally Los Angeles. He much preferred Italy, where he lived from 1926 to 1938, and where much of his writing was done.

Faust, who wrote under more than a dozen pseudonyms, was a prolific writer, not only of westerns, but also of hundreds of other novels and books, including the popular Dr. Kildare series. Faust's first novel The Untamed (1918) was a success and introduced a semimythical character, Whistlin' Dan Barry, who travels the West following the wild geese, accompanied by a black wolf. His characters, who often have a mythic quality, are memorable, and his books are always entertaining.

Faust was also a screenwriter for several Hollywood studios, including MGM, Warner Brothers, and Columbia. Once the United States entered the Second World War, Faust abandoned his lucrative writing career and his work as a screenwriter to serve as a war correspondent with the infantry in Italy, despite his fifty-one years and a bad heart.

Faust died in 1944, killed during a night attack on a hilltop village held by the German army. Even after his death, new books based on magazine serials, unpublished manuscripts, or restored versions continue to appear so that he has averaged a new book every four months for seventy-five years.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

This action tale from the creator of Destry, Doctor Kildare, and a small army of other characters was born as a magazine serial in 1925. Now published in book form with the author's original material restored, the story tells of Juan Oro, who, raised by Yaquis and captured by the forces of Don JoseFontana, is apprenticed to outlaw Matias Bordi after promising to murder Bordi once he has learned the ways of a killer. But Juan's feelings for Bordi are such that he cannot keep his promise. A subplot involves Texan Steven Marshall, who falls in love with Don Jose's niece, brought from Spain to marry another wealthy Mexican landowner. A would-be killer turned savior, Juan aids both his intended victim and the lovers. Mainstream western fare from a master of the genre. --Budd Arthur