Out of the Great American West, Book 5 in THE WELLS FARGO TRAIL
Set in the 1870s in the desert of northern Arizona, The Desert Hawks opens with an action-filled story guaranteed to hold the interest of any Western buff. This new book entwines mystery and suspense in the lives of villains, Indians, innocent bystanders, and Zachary Cobb. Each has made choices to survive the challenges of a harsh frontier, and each must face the consequences in a tale of intriguing paths that cross unaware.
Zac Cobb, an agent for the Wells Fargo Company, is on assignment in Arizona to track down the bandits robbing army payrolls and murdering the armed escorts. The tension mounts when the habits of one of the men Zac is tracking become disturbingly familiar. The leader of the outlaw gang turns out to be Julian, his embittered brother, whom Zac hasn't seen since he disappeared during the Civil War.
The two brothers face off in a confrontation between good and evil as they are thrown together in an attempt to run the rapids of the Colorado River to escape a band of marauding Indians. Innocent people become entangled in the embroiled fight for survival between Zac and Julian.
James Walker graduated with a B.A. in Speech Education from the University of Washington. He later received an M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary.
In earlier years, he found interesting work at Knotts Berry Farm in California where he was employed as a stagecoach driver and shotgun guard while attending school. Then, Walker was off to join the U.S. Air Force where he became the youngest Drill Sergeant in the history of the Air Force. Walker also worked as an Air Force Survival Training Instructor, which gave him the opportunity to teach pilots the art of wilderness survival. He specialized in the area of prisoner-of-war survival with an emphasis on escape and evasion.
To add to the diversity, Walker has served in several ministry capacities. He served as Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Free Church in Laguna Hills, California as well ministering with the Navigators in both their Collegiate and Community ministries for over 15 years.
In addition, Walker worked as a creative and leadership consultant for companies such as Hewlett Packer and Wells Fargo Bank.
Currently, Walker is a member of the Western Writers of America, a group of writers who write the fiction and history of the West for publication, television and screen. He is also a member of the Western Lawman and Outlaw Associationa group of national writers who specialize in history of the Old West.