With Blood in Their Eyes

With Blood in Their Eyes On February John Power woke to the sound of bells and horses hooves He was sharing a cabin near the family mine with his brother Tom and their father Jeff hired man Tom Sisson was also nearb

  • Title: With Blood in Their Eyes
  • Author: Thomas Cobb
  • ISBN: 9780816521104
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On February 10, 1918, John Power woke to the sound of bells and horses hooves He was sharing a cabin near the family mine with his brother Tom and their father Jeff hired man Tom Sisson was also nearby Then gunfire erupted, and so began the day when the Power brothers engaged the Graham County Sheriff s Department in the bloodiest shootout in Arizona history.Now ThomasOn February 10, 1918, John Power woke to the sound of bells and horses hooves He was sharing a cabin near the family mine with his brother Tom and their father Jeff hired man Tom Sisson was also nearby Then gunfire erupted, and so began the day when the Power brothers engaged the Graham County Sheriff s Department in the bloodiest shootout in Arizona history.Now Thomas Cobb, author of Crazy Heart and Shavetail, has taken up the story in this powerful and meticulously researched nonfiction novel What seems at first a simple tale of crime and pursuit takes on much greater meaning and complexity as the story traces the past lives of the main characters and interconnects them all leading back to the deadly confrontation that begins the book Cobb cunningly weaves the story of the Power brothers escape with flashbacks of the boys father s life and his struggle to make a living ranching, logging, and mining in the West around the turn of the century Deftly drawn characters and cleverly concealed motivations work seamlessly to blend a compelling family history with a desperate story of the brothers as they attempt to escape.Grappling with themes of loyalty, masculinity, technology, and honor, this sweeping saga reveals the passion and brutality of frontier life in Arizona a hundred years ago Richly authentic and beautifully written, With Blood in Their Eyes breathes dramatic new life into this nearly forgotten episode of the American West.

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    1. Early on a winter morning in 1918, several law enforcement officers approached the crude cabin belonging to Tom Power who was mining in the Galiuro Mountains in southern Arizona. In the cabin with Power were two of his sons, Tom and John, and a hired hand named Tom Sisson. What happened next is still a matter of debate, but shots were fired and in the end, the elder Tom Power and three of the law officers were dead. The younger Tom Power and his brother, John, were each wounded in the eye.In the [...]

    2. Thomas Cobb is one of America’s grotesquely underrated national treasures. He is the author of Crazy Heart, which was made into a movie with Jeff Bridges (who was also an underrated national treasure until Crazy Heart, when he finally won a long overdue Academy Award, one of two for the movie, and one of the three nominations the movie received), and the almost unheard of novel Shavetail, which is about as close to perfection as a novel can get. A possible reason why Cobb is not as well-known [...]

    3. The flipping back and forth between the years for chapters was a bit tiresome. I did like the story, though. The forces driving the three men on while the posse chased them. Based on a true story, the financial trials and unlucky accidents facing the family were well drawn, but the sister's death seemed a stretch. The nature and geography of Arizona's Cochise Stronghold and surrounding area were almost additional characters. The writing was a bit blocky with prose.

    4. Hard to read and follow both the dialogue and the plot. I really really wanted to like his book. But I couldn't finish it. This is most likely a function of my preferences rather than his writing style.

    5. This book is not just historical fiction, its fiction about how history-- cultural, poltiical, personal, and natural, shapes peoples lives and actions. Its a detailed, tragic Western where justice does not prevail, but history does.You have the natural history of the land affecting how the outlaws flee, and where they take shelter. You have the history of the apache wars shaping Tom Sissons thinking about how to escape capture. You have the history of Mormons, and draft dodging slackers of WWI, [...]

    6. An interesting take on the flight of the Power family from the law in 1918 Arizona when the frontier was pretty much over. Based on the shooting of three deputies at the Power cabin in the remote Galiuro Mountains of SE Arizona Cobb takes us with the fugitives as they attempt to elude posses bent on not justice but hanging them. The author also intersperses chapters from the past so we get a flavor of just who the Powers were. He brings up the antagonism between Mormons and non-Mormons as well a [...]

    7. While one might mistakenly, or absently, categorize this novel as a western, in truth, only the setting and (marginally) the time-frame meet the criteria. With Blood in Their Eyes is a historical fiction base on actual events that more closely explores the human dynamics of the three men involved in what became known as The Power Cabin Shootout. The account is a well researched one and a very humanizing view of the three men who some called murderers and desperadoes. Further research by myself s [...]

    8. This is a good book about a Western shootout followed by a large manhunt through one of the toughest regions in the country. Cobb does a great job developing sympathetic and relatable characters and weaving them through an exciting event in Arizona history. But the book, classified as "historical fiction," is deficient in one significant regard; the author wavered between writing a history text and a novel. Substantial elements of the back story, especially in the earlier parts of the book, felt [...]

    9. I don't like how the other flips back and forth from present, to past. It is confusing. Is this supposed to be based on true events. It was tiresome to read. It is not a long book but took me a long time to read. There is too much suspense goes on and onere isn't a break. There are no redeeming qualities with any of the characters. I liken John to the brother in Of Mice and Menjust not my cup of whiskey.

    10. Arizona in1918 was just about at the end of the frontier, but the Power brothers and Tom Sisson were celebrities in their day. They were largely set up for arrest for draft evasion, bootlegging, and rodeoing (then illegal) by a rival family, dry-gulched, and pursued for a month across the state. Cobb's novel is pretty good. It captures the frontier's death throes, the conflicts between Mormons and non-Mormons, and the venality of law enforcement at the time.

    11. This is my second Thomas Cobb book and I'm enjoying it even more than the first, Crazy Heart. This book had great characters, but it's the dialogue that really impressed me. I felt that this was the real way people talked in the early 1900s, and that there were real actions. I suppose it's because it's a true story, but I felt touches of Elmore Leonard and even more impressive, John Steinbeck. Great book, very enjoyable.

    12. The dialog alone is worth the read. Period correct (sounds right to me, though I wasn't there ) and tight. Excellent character development. One of the best westerns I've read, ever.I enjoyed Tom Sisson's musings on being the hunted after being the hunter.

    13. This book will be a movie someday. Explicite and graphic scenes and actions. Based on a true event in southeastern Arizona (Close to Tombstone). Some of the story relates to the culture of Mormonism.If you like historical fiction, you will like this book.

    14. I really liked this book. Gritty, dirty characters who came to life in this recreation of a curious event in history. you feel the land in your boots.

    15. This book is a true story of life in southern Arizona and New Mexico. The story of the bloodiest shootout in Arizona history and of the escape of the two sons and hired hand.

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