Books

“I haven’t read prose as compelling and beautiful as David Marion Wilkinson’s applied to a western subject since I exhausted the last of Willa Cather. His words eddy like clear mountain water and his characters spring out of the ground as fully fleshed as warriors grown from dragons’ teeth.”
– Loren D. Estleman, award-winning author of Black Powder, White Smoke


Where The Mountains Are ThievesWhere The Mountains Are Thieves
Goldminds Publishing, 2013
“Atmospheric and absorbing . . . the climax packs a wallop and the emotional aftermath rings surprisingly true . . . A satisfying, illuminating read.”
– Publishers Weekly


University of Texas Press, 2005
“A collection of anecdotes from retired Texas Ranger H. JOAQUIN JACKSON, with DAVID MARION WILKINSON. Jackson serves as a folksy but savvy tour guide to a career that stretched from 1966 to 1993 and from a prison riot shoot-out at Carrizo Springs to a horrific homicide in Big Bend’s Colorado Canyon…the writing smacks of the truths that are hard-won from a lifetime of dealing out justice — sometimes on horseback, like the Lone Ranger used to do — in a lonesome terrain where your word is only as good as the gun and the reputation that back it up.”
Mike Shea, Texas Monthly

“The most vivid account of Texas living in Texas words that I’ve ever seen. The account of the murder in the rafting trip down the canyon was chilling. His oldest son’s fate was almost too hurtful to read.”
George Cowan, Enrico Fermi Award winner and founder of the Santa Fe Institute

Brothers
Boaz/Ten Speed Press, 1996
Signet/Penguin Group USA, 1998
15th Anniversary Edition: Boaz Corporation, 2010

“Spanning three decades in the early years of the independent Republic of Texas, this well-crafted, gripping first novel portrays three cultures—Mexican, white immigrant, and Comanche—in bloody collision…Wilkinson is a gifted storyteller who brings Texas history to life with a tale rich in adventure and high emotions.”
Publishers Weekly

“This is simply the best historical novel about Texas published in more than a decade. Author D. Marion Wilkinson studied a tremendous amount of reputable primary and secondary sources and then fashioned a thrilling epic around them…Wilkinson’s ability to sustain suspense over more than six hundred pages is a testament to his narrative skills while working with so many fictional and real characters and events.”
Sally Dooley, Review of Texas Books

Oblivion's Altar
New American Library/Penguin Group USA, 2002
Goldminds Publishing, 2013
“In his passionate third novel, Spur Award finalist Wilkinson spans six decades−from 1776 to 1839−in addressing the plight of Ridge, a great Cherokee chieftain. Ridge was originally called Kah-nung-da- tla-geh, the Man Who Walks the Mountaintops…Ridge, a warrior and chief, is also a rich Cherokee farmer who believes in the strength of the treaties and the words of President Andrew Jackson…Solidly based on historical fact, Wilkinson’s tale packs a strong emotional punch and cannot help but make readers wonder which side was the most civilized after all.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“This book was among the very first that I read and became the standard by which I judged the others…Although it is a work of fiction, I was impressed by the author’s account of a tragic period in American history. I was even more impressed with his writing ability − eloquent use of language. The characters were well-developed and were a reflection of the era they represented.”
Lillian Turner, 2003 Spur Award Judge


Boaz/Ten Speed Press, 1998
“The rigors of life on an oil rig form the backdrop for Wilkinson’s atmospheric and absorbing second novel…the climax packs a wallop and the emotional aftermath rings surprisingly true. Wilkinson bends conventions of formula enough to keep things interesting, but the most fascinating aspect of his book is its inside take on the bizarre macho rituals employed by workers to keep their sanity under terribly stressful working conditions…Anyone eager to learn about (Wilkinson’s) world is sure to find this a satisfying, illuminating read.”
Publishers Weekly

“Wilkinson portrays a different world, the modern Saudi Arabian Oilfields where he worked in the 1980s…(The author) writes with technical detail and expertise about the fears, successes, and occasional tragedies of drilling…The Empty Quarter is ultimately a book about human nature struggling against nature, and itself. There are no forced morals or political messages, just human strength and weakness−the only elements needed for a powerful novel.”
David Bezanson, Austin American-Statesman