Author Spotlight

Wesley Arlin Brown

Wesley Arlin Brown, Greeley, Colorado, was born in New Mexico, a few yards from the dugout house described in the book. He has traveled over much of the wilderness areas in the southwest by horse, mule or foot. He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University, did graduate work at Redlands University, received his master’s degree from Western State College and his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. He spent thirteen years teaching in public schools of California and Colorado. He later taught literature, philosophy, ethics semantics and humanities at Aims College where he was given the title of professor emeritus. Among other things, he has been a farmer, miner, a tank driver in the U. S. Army, and a U.S. Forest Service employee.

Dr. Brown has written several short stories, various articles, and another novel, “Where the Flowers Sing.” He is working on two non-fiction books. The sequel to “A Mountain Man’s Story”—“The Last Switchback”—won honorable mention in the National Writers Club 1991 Novel Manuscript Contest. It was released in 1998 before the author passed away. He died in 2001.

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Coker: A Mountain Man's Story


Would you drop everything and rush to the rescue of your two small grandchildren? Of course, you would, and that is what Coker Owen Ford does in this 1906 story of family love. At 75, he is one of the most feared men in the west, a legendary figure, retired with his buddy, Rufe, on a Colorado mountain. Then a letter arrives from his long-lost daughter asking him to save her and her children whom he has never seen. She is ill, her husband has just died and a nefarious aunt, out to steal the family fortune, will stop at nothing. Coker heads down to Oklahoma with mules and guns ready. He manages to rescue the little girl, 9, and her brother,7. But they must move fast because hired killers are in pursuit. Grandfather has his hands full on the trail with two frightened kids.

“The storytelling is pitch-perfect in this tale. Every scene is described in its minute details. Reading this story was like watching an adventurous movie on the screen. The added touch was in the dialogues. The local dialect blends with the story perfectly.”

– The Moving Words Review