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Apache Lance: Franciscan Cross [Paperback]

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In the year 1731, three Franciscan missions are struggling to establish themselves on the San Antonio River despite Apache raids. A young missionary, Fray Marcos, and an Apache woman warrior, Ahuila, fall in love. They must work out their fate in the face of cultural conflicts and prejudices. "Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross" explores a crucial time in San Antonio history, featuring courageous settlers, missionaries, Indian converts and fierce Apache attacks. The story will appeal to history buffs, especially Southwesterners. Plot is fast moving with powerful emotions, action, love interest, suspense, accurate background and landscape.

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Twilight Times Books
ISBN  1933353449  
ISBN13  9781933353449  

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A riveting novel of historical fiction about a Franciscan Friar, Fray Marcos, and an Apache woman warrior, Ahuila  Aug 12, 2006
"Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross" is a riveting novel of historical fiction about a Franciscan Friar, Fray Marcos, and an Apache woman warrior, Ahuila. Set in the area of the San Antonio River in 1731, this tale of both the clash and attraction of two cultures is sure to transport its readers. Author Florence Weinberg is writing in her element, which includes a vast and studied background history of the American Southwest, particularly the San Antonio area. She has also taught and traveled in Canada, Germany, France and Spain, in addition to teaching French and Spanish at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N. Y., and Trinity University in San Antonio. The complexity of the underlying cultures, both Native American, (multi tribal including Apache, Comanches, and others), and European (including French and Spanish influences), is fully explored in this well- researched historical novel. Characters are more than believable, there is a fascinating love story, and action is packed with portent. If you like historical novels, you will love "Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross." But even more, if you appreciate a fine historical novel built on absolutely faultless research, "Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross" will draw you in as surely as a hummingbird is drawn to its blossom. This is a fine example of the genre, one of the best of its kind. In addition, the reading of this book will help to preserve Las Misiones, a group of four colonial era Spanish mission churches in San Antonio built during the 18th century. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of the book go to Las Misiones Capital Campaign, led by Old Spanish Missions, Inc. to restore the churches of Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission Espada, and Mission San Juan. A form for voluntary donations is found at the end of the book, or those who are interested may contact Las Misiones Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 28410, San Antonio, TX 78228.
Apache Lance  Jan 8, 2006
Something different and something definitely worth reading. A tale of two people from the two cultures that dominated the American southwest at the time that Spain lay claim to it.
Ahuila, an Apache woman, comes into contact with the Franciscan monks who are working to establish new missions in her tribe's territory. She is drawn in particular to one called Fray Marcos because of his golden hair. Hiding her identity, she joins the group and watches him and bides her time. She plans to offer him as a sacrifice to her father's spirit.
Fray Marcos was a former member of a minor aristocratic family until he felt the call to serve God. Much against his family's wishes, he joined the Franciscans and was sent to serve in the Spanish territories in the New World. He notices Ahuila watching him and begins to worry about his own feelings. Such feelings can cause him to be forced out of his Brotherhood.
This is a tale I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. It offers a look at several conflicts that would have occurred during this period between cultures and the individuals from those cultures. Talented author, Florence Byham Weinberg has created a wonderfully lifelike cast of characters with definite personalities who will pull you into their world and make you believe it could have happened exactly like this. I'm glad I had the chance to read it.

Must Read for Southwest History Buffs  Jan 2, 2006
Weinberg has written a fast paced story of the founding of three of San Antonio's historic missions. While the main characters are fictional, Weinberg's research is impeccable as applied to the setting and background for Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross. If you like learning history while at the same time being entertained, don't miss this novel by Florence Weinberg, a rapidly rising star in San Antonio's literary community.

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