The Mystery of Chaco Canyon is the story of a treasure hunt across the great Southwest. It is historical fiction, mystery and love story with a strong spiritual component.
Here’s what reviewers have had to say:
Lowell F. Volk I finished your book Mystery of Chaco Canyon and I must say I had many thoughts run through my mind as I read it. One of the first things that came to mind was, were you rewriting the Bible placing it in North America? Then as I read on I was wondering if you were trying to write about the Mosaic organization or the Free Masons. Then came the Mormon’s and Christians. As the book developed I was amazed at how many historical events you managed to put into your story and the amount of research that had to have taken place. You took a subject that could leave one to believe or not believe that it could happen backing it with quotes from the bible as well as events going on in America at the time. I found your book a very interesting read and would recommend it to anyone who likes to be lead on an adventure with many twists, turns and with mystic events. Good luck with your book I very much enjoyed reading it.
Vernon Schmid: One could classify the novel as historical fiction or science fiction as Doug Hocking weaves several years of history into a tapestry of legend and supposition. Romance and abiding danger ride the twisting trail traveled by the protagonists of the story.
Michael Zimmer: If you’re looking for something different in a Western story, Doug Hocking may have the novel for you. It is at it’s best when Hocking shares his intimate knowledge of the Southwestern culture and its land.
Bernd Brand: The background is Doug’s own experience while growing up as a child at the Jicarilla reservation in Northern New Mexico. It is a great follow up to his previous publication of Massacre at the Point of Rocks.
Rosanna Baker: There is nothing like historical fiction to make history come alive. Doug Hocking has accomplished just that with his book, Mystery of Chaco Canyon. This intriguing historical fiction is a learning experience of time through real history. The insertion of fictional characters in the main story that communicate with real places and battles imprints a desire for further readings. One can place themselves in the story by following the maps as the adventure comes alive. The travels with Dan and Roque will increase ones historical knowledge and stretch the imagination while enjoying the thrill of interactions between personalities.
Massacre at Point of Rocks follows the true story of Ann White and her baby daughter held captive by Jicarilla Apache in 1849. A reluctant Kit Carson is recruited to get her back. Meanwhile, a boy grows to be a man and comes to understand his hero and what makes him great.
Here’s what reviewers have said:
An Amazon Customer: Should be required reading for any student of American southwest history. Fun and informative tale of real life “cowboys and Indians”.
Historian Will Gorenfeld said: Very readable and informative. Your knowledge and description of Aubrey’s train, the men, the countryside is, thus far, superb as is Grier’s failed attempt to rescue Mrs. White.
Author Gerald Summers said: Doug Hocking has done himself proud. His writing flows smoothly, his historical references are spot on, and his action exciting. I recently read Kit Carson’s autobiography and found it to be one of the most interesting historical presentations I’ve ever read. And that is saying something, for I have studied western history for many years. Doug has captured much of this famous man and his exploits and deserves much credit for bringing him and his other wonderful characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Jicarilla Apache teacher from Dulce, NM, on the Jicarilla Reservation said: Written by a resident of the community – interesting story line. Reading parts to my Middle and High School classes in hopes to spark their reading interests.
Shar Porier of the Sierra Vista Herald said: It [reveals] an historical view of the life and times in New Mexico in the 1840s and ‘50s in a novel story, written just as one produced by western authors of the past. It is hard to set the book aside.
Greg Coar: Just finished your book. Saved it for the trip home. Loved it. Hope there is more to come. Great to meet you and your wife in Tombstone. Keep the history coming.
Dac Crassley of the Old West Daily Reader: As you know, I have a considerable interest in Western History and enough knowledge to make me dangerous. And I read a lot because of my research for Old West Daily Reader. This book was comfortable, like worn in buckskins or one’s favorite Levis. Everything felt right. The story unfolded in a coherent and, for me, personal fashion. I truly appreciated and enjoyed your obvious care in building the historical background of the tale. Characters were fleshed out, real, believable. I could picture the landscapes. The trail dust…Ok, I really liked the book! Great accomplishment and a fine telling!
Rahm E. Sandoux, Desert Tracks (Oregon-California Trails Association) reviewer: Doug Hocking’s Massacre at Point of Rocks is a fascinating story of historic events along the Santa Fe Trail in 1849. Setting the White massacre and captivity in context, Hocking reveals to readers the ethnic side of of the frontier, showing how Indians, Mexicans, and blacks were just as much a part of that historical tapestry as the white men were. He brings characters like Kit Carson, Grier, Comancheros, and the Jicarilla Apaches to life, revealing how tough life was on the frontier for all of its inhabitants. Massacre at Point of Rocks will definitely be of interest to readers who want to learn more about the history of New Mexico and the Santa Fe Trail.
Stacy A. Win, Amazon, A True Story of the Wild West!!! This is a great read for any history buff. It started out a little slow, but the characters were developing and I wouldn’t change a thing. Mr. Hocking uses his characters to educate the reader, while the seasoned mountain men are educating a young Eastern Greenhorn on the ways of the west, so describing how life was on the frontier in the early 1800s. I found this a clever way to educate the reader in an entertaining manner. This is a tragic story spun from true events. The actual massacre arrives late in the book, but the story builds up to it nicely, integrating tons of factual events. The history was well researched. I could picture every character and event in my head as the story unraveled.
Broken Promises is the third La Frontera anthology of short stories. It includes my story “Echo Amphitheater” the tale of the only time anyone accused Kit Carson of being a coward. Jicarilla Apache and Utes gather at Echo Amphitheater to hear the governor of New Mexico propose a treaty. Misunderstandings lead to violence as Kit tries to save the governor’s life.
The anthology also includes stories by C.K. Crigger, W. Michael Farmer, McKendree Long, Wesley Talent, Jerry Guin, Vicky Rose, Dave Fisher, Jake Garrett, D.B. Jackson, Deanna Dickinson McCall, R.A. Quist, Glen Singer and Big Jim Williams.
Dead or Alive is the second La Frontera Anthology. It contains my story “The Bounty” a tale of Dan and Roque set on the trail by Lucien Maxwell of a brutal killer who has slain a beautiful dancing girl. It’s full of twists and turns and surprises as the young men find themselves pursued by Cimarron bad man, Clay Allison.
Outlaws and Lawmen is the first anthology from La Frontera Press It contains my story “The Marshal of Arizona” which looks at how folks deal with justice when they aren’t allowed law enforcement. Tubac in the 1850s was 600 miles from Santa Fe and the nearest Federal marshal and court. Outlaws gathered.
Here for you are the works of Robert J. Conley, a Western Writers of America Spur Award winner; D.B. Jackson, a Wrangler Award winner and winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award; W. Michael Farmer, a finalist for a Western Writers of America Spur award for the best first novel and a New Mexico Book Awards Finalist for Historical Fiction; Big Jim Williams, Dave Fisher, Chris Perez, Jerry Guin, Wesley Tallant and Phil Truman, Western writers who each have a unique story-telling talent.
Get you copy of Outlaws and Lawmen at Doug’s Store.
Devil on the Loose is a story in the Louis L’Amour tradition of love and gunfire set in Arizona before the Civil War.
The Wildest West is a new collection of short fiction and short non-fiction about the Wildest West of the 1850s and 60s.