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Born to the Badge

(Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey Series #2)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Shunted from his entrepreneurial ambitions to profit from the boomtowns of the frontier, Wyatt Earp returns to law enforcement. In Wichita, Kansas the town leaders become disenchanted with his hardline methods, and so he moves to a place where an iron-rule is needed - Dodge City. With him comes Mattie Blaylock, a runaway prostitute, who, like Wyatt, is searching for a chan ...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published November 21st 2018 by Five Star Publishing
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Dan McMahill
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to have an advance reader copy which meant I didn't have to wait a whole extra month to read this. Born to the Badge continues the story of Wyatt Earp picking up where Adobe Moon left off. True to the bar set by Adobe Moon, this is a very well written book that held my attention throughout. In this book, we read about an adult Wyatt Earp trying to find a measure of success in the world. He is not content to be just another cowboy, carpenter, or bouncer. His talent for law ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating account of our most famous and legendary lawman of the frontier west. Staying close to his research, Mark Warren has written a historically accurate trilogy on the life of Wyatt Earp. Mark's writing paints a beautiful picture of the times. The scenery and the dialogue put you right there in Dodge City or in Wichita, wherever Earp traveled which was extensive. I highly recommend this trilogy. "Born to the Badge" can certainly stand on it's own, but you should also read the f ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Mark Warren's books. Born to the Badge is a continuation of his Wyatt Earp series, and his descriptions of the western U.S. brings to life the excitement and opportunities of the men and women brave enough to endure the hardships of life in the late 1800's. Mr. Warren has brought to life the story of the Earps, as well as other wild characters of those cowboy times. ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Each stands alone, but better read as a series. Reviewed here 'Adobe Moon' and 'Born to the Badge'.

Mark Warren builds his imaginative examination of the heart, mind and history of Wyatt Earp on a rigorous adherence to real history. Real places are the fabric on which real events stitch a wandering pattern of a real man’s 19th century struggle to become the successful and respected American he so wants to be. Opening at the remote Iowa farmstead dominated by self-absorbed Nicholas Earp, father of
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable installment in the Wyatt Earp trilogy: The rich language, again seemingly carefully selected to mimic both vernacular and scholarly language of the time, contributes to what feels like an immersive experience. Warren knows his subjects and settings well and does a fantastic job painting a vivid picture of the west as Earp, Holliday, and Masterson knew it, including its vastness and at-times stark alienness to these men born to places of hills and trees and varied Eastern landsc ...more
Matthew Edelstein
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a big fan of historical fiction and as a history teacher, I expect that any historical fiction that I read is well-researched, well-written, and engaging. Born to the Badge (and the volume that precedes it, Adobe Moon) completely satisfies all three of my criteria.

I am basically familiar with the historical side of Wyatt's life from reading many non-fiction accounts and seeing Lawrence Kasdan's eponymous movie. Nevertheless, it was a real pleasure to step into Wyatt's world of 19th century Ka
Joe Stack
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought Warren’s first novel about Wyatt Earp was good. This one is even better. The story is well paced, with descriptive prose, and well written dialogue. I enjoyed Wyatt’s inner conflict between being a lawman (which he is quite good at) versus his desire for a different, more lucrative occupation, and the different respectability he feels he would obtain in a different occupation. I think aspect of this biographical novel a different type of western is that shooting was Wyatt’s last resort ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent portrayal of Wyatt Earp that makes you feel as if you can see back through time. A real person is brought back, not some larger than life myth. I really enjoyed Born to the Badge.
Mark Warren
Sep 23, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
As the author, I can offer you a little more information about "Born to the Badge" here in the review section.

While Wyatt Earp was struggling his way back to respectability, a brand new arena of commerce had shaped up those Kansas towns lucky enough to receive an auxiliary railroad spur that dropped down from the transcontinental line in the north. Texas longhorn cattle were being rounded up and driven to the Kansas railheads for shipment to the populous East coast. When these crews of drovers
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Writing strong, make-you-turn the page fiction is hard enough. Writing strong biographical fiction that is faithful to the subject and historically accurate must be a much greater challenge.

Mark Warren has clearly prepared for these books over a lifetime, steeping himself in not only the details of Earp's life but also the historical forces and the American mindset at play in the second half of the 19th century.

Adobe Moon and now Born to the Badge absorbed me not because of the plot (it's a lif
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Prior to reading Born to the Badge, I did not know about Wyatt Earp and his life. Mark Warren did such an amazing job taking his readers back in history to experience the life of a man who kept order in a time where patience and quick thinking seemed uncommon amongst saloon brawls and gunfights. I found myself taken back in time as Mark’s talent for spinning a story left me feeling as though I was watching around the corners of Dodge City as Wyatt Earp walked the streets, keeping order in the to ...more
Kate Joekel
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wyatt Earp

Ever since grade school when my brother and I rushed home from school to watch Wyatt Earp; I've had a fascination with frontier towns and the Earp family.
This was an entertaining and well written of his life and adventures. Looking forward to next in series.

Jim Daugherty
I have read several historic-fiction books about both Wyatt and Doc. This book is not much different. Some better. I would recommend this book to a person just trying to get a handle on these wild west characters. It's ok. ...more
Doug Berg
Jul 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Born to the Badge," the second historical novel of author Mark Warren's trilogy on legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, more than confirms Warren's prodigious literary gifts. It is a novel of singular force and complexity--thoughtful, gripping, moving.

Whether Warren depicts Earp dealing with serious desperadoes, unruly cowboys drunk on alcohol and testosterone, corrupt town officials, or wrestling with personal demons, each chapter is a suspenseful mini drama in and of itself which furthers Earp's char
David Trawinski
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional novel covering Wyatt Earp’s time in Wichita and Dodge, Kansas along with his side trips to Deadwood and Texas, where he meets Doc Holliday. This is the perfect sequel to “Adobe Moon”, and like its predecessor novel, it is written in a lyrical, oft poetic prose. No need to varnish Earp’s exploits with fictionalized gunplay or heroics, the author stands by Earp’s real history. About the only thing fictional is the dialogue, but even that feels true enough to the characters. You will ...more
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Mark Warren is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Chemistry/Pre-med. Mark also pursued music composition and arrangement at Georgia State University, while performing original works in various concerts, scoring plays for The Academy Theater and having his suite The Once and Future King performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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