In one day, young Morton witnessed the murder of his parents; killed his first man; watched his home go up in smoke and put his horse down. Not surprisingly, he was seeing red - blood red. Certain that a half-breed would get no justice from the law, Zach fled into a mountain snow storm to evade a posse. Pa had talked about an old wise Indian who lived in the mountains of his mother's people. He aimed to find the man - and justice.

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​BLOOD RED is a coming of age story about a young man in western New Mexico prior to the Civil War. It is a story about channeling anger and learning to be patient.  This story is suitable for young people. Like all of Rigsbee's stories, it contains no offensive language.

When Zach's parents are killed by Double C's riders, he heads for the White Mountains to get ideas about justice from a wise old Apache. At nineteen, he has known only one way of life. He is about to learn another. In the process he finds some startling answers from unexpected sources.  
After everything that has happened, answer to his questions should come as no surprise, but when you're young and invincible, life is full of surprises.
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Blood Red
    A Western Novel by
   L. L. Rigsbee
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Set in the scenic White Mountains of New Mexico Territory in May of 1860, the western, "Blood Red" by L. L. Rigsbee is sprinkled with history. Like all books by this author, it is realistic without the use of profanity. 
Blood Red is a coming-of-age story about a half-breed searching for justice in pre-Civil War New Mexico Territory. Zach is a young man of 19 who is seeking justice for the murder of his parents by a greedy rancher. He wants to keep their ranch out of the hands of their murderers. After killing all but one of the men who murdered his parents, he flees to the mountains of his mother’s people in search of an old wise Indian his father had mentioned.
The Apache take his gun and deliver him to a Mexican and his ward where he learns, among other things, patience. Only after learning to control his own emotions does he stand a chance of defeating the corrupt rancher. Time is running out and the rancher has moved on his parent’s land. Will he find the old wise man in time to stop him?

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In one day, young Zach Morton witnessed the murder of his parents; killed his first man; watched his home go up in smoke and put his horse down. Not surprisingly, he was seeing red…blood red. Certain that a half-breed would get no justice from the law, Zach fled into a mountain snow storm to evade a posse. Pa had talked about an old wise Indian who lived in the mountains of his mother's people. He hoped to find the man - and justice.
He found the summer camp of his mother's people, but the White Mountain Apache were reluctant to let a white man speak to their revered wise man. Zach was taken to the remote ranch of a Mexican and his ward. There he received lessons on living like an Apache.
Zach resisted any tutoring that didn’t show him how to fight the corrupt rancher responsible for the death of his parents. Diego and Becca were determined to shape Zach into something he wasn’t.
All the training is giving Cord time to take over the Morton ranch. Zach must decide whether he should confront Cord without a gun and chance being killed or even hanged, or relinquish the ranch and any hope of a future.