In the year 1818, a young California vaquero whose family was murdered because of political rivalry pursues the killers throughout the Southwest, encountering unique people and places.
An uncanny gunfighter and survivor, El Ojo helps people in their time of need only to vanish back into the inhospitable wilderness. To some he's a myth or a dream. To others he's a nightmare.
Hispanics are one of the fastest growing segments in the US. The West still conjures up strong romantic imagery of a lost era where each man upheld his own brand of law and justice. Not only is this image ingrained in us, but also in people everywhere, even overseas.
Being employed by the Colorado History Musesum gives me the rare opportunity to see the original artifacts (firearms, clothing, covered wagons, etc.) and documents of the Old West. These allow me to imbue this story with the sense of realism it deserves. Though El Ojo is fictional, many of the characters that appear in the story are real people who lived in that era.
All text and graphics © 2000 by Ruben Chavez. For the rest of the story or to learn more about El Ojo, contact Ruben by e-mail or phone at (303) 321-3205.
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