The Snake Den

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Categories: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Solstice Publishing/Solstice Publishing | Date published: 01/11/2011

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"Sometimes a man's gotta take a stand." -- Shawn Brodie, aged 14. Arizona, 1882. Falsely accused of theft, Shawn Brodie is sent to serve three years in the Hellhole called Yuma Territorial Prison. Lamb to the slaughter, maybe? The Mexican Zapata wants to stick him with a knife, the warden wants him to mend his thieving ways, and the sergeant of the guard wants to get into Shawn's pants. If he won't do what Sergeant Tarkington wants, he'll end up in the Snake Den, a cube of iron straps hung from the ceiling of a dark cave. If he doesn't do what Zapata says, he'll end up with a nail sticking out of his eye. If he can't convince the warden that he's not a thief, he'll spend his days tromping Colorado River mud to make adobe bricks. Is his young life going to be made up of beatings, rape, and incarceration in the deadly Snake Den? The odds seem stacked against young Shawn ever getting out of Yuma Prison alive. The Mexicans hate the whites, the Chinamen and blacks stay out of the way, and the whites fight among themselves. Somehow, Shawn must learn how to defend himself, and chance throws him in with Shoo Lee, a cellmate, an Oriental proficient in the barehanded fighting technique Kara Ti. Perhaps if he becomes Shoo Lee's disciple he can endure...