Sons of Texas

Sons of Texas

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In 1816, Mordecai Lewis, a veteran of Andrew Jackson's Indian campaigns and battles against the British, moves his family into the western Tennessee canebrakes. But Mordecai is not satisfied with farming, and with his sons Michael and Andrew, he leads a foray into Spanish-held Texas to hunt wild horses and return the mustang herd to sell in Tennessee. Unfortunately, a bloody skirmish along the way leaves Mordecai dead, and his sons find their way back to their Tennessee farm. Five years later, after the Spanish government in Mexico City has agreed to permit three hundred American families to settle in Texas, the Lewis brothers ride to the frontier town of Natchitoches, Louisiana, intending to be part of the new American colony. But they are considered interlopers and horse thieves, and are dogged by a patrolled by the same ruthless Spanish officer who killed their father.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 106 x 168 x 30mm | 158.76g
  • FORGE
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765348977
  • 9780765348975
  • 1,285,284

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"Brings to mind L'Amour's multi-generational Sackett Family saga....Readers will eagerly anticipate the next entry." Praise for Elmer Kelton: "Elmer Kelton is to Texas what Mark Twain was to the Mississippi River."--Jory Sherman, author of "The Barons of Texas""As always, Mr. Kelton's history is accurate and his characters clearly drawn and believable." -"The ""Dallas"" Morning News "on" Jericho's Road""Once again, Kelton offers and exciting tale in which the bad guys are really bad and some of the good guys are, too. His characters are sharly defined, the historical background is vivid and the gunplay can't be beat." -"Publishers Weekly on ""Jericho""'s Road""""Multiple Spur Award-winner Kelton knows how to tell a wallopin' good story without beating the reader over the head with it. His affection for his characters and his gentle sense of humor win the reader over bit by bit, until we find ourselves genuinely caring how the story comes out . --"Abilene"" Reporter-News""""Elmer Kelton writes of early Texas with unerring authority. His knowledge of the state's history is complete, too--drawn from the lives of real people. . . . The fate of Texas is at hand, and Kelton will have readers eager to find out what happens."--"Fort Worth"" Star-Telegram "on "The Buckskin Line""""You can never go wrong if you want to read a good story with realistic characters and you pick up a title by Elmer Kelton. In the case of his newest book, "The Smiling Country", the guarantee is as good as gold. . . . Kelton's characters jump off the page, they are so real. This is another fine title from the man named the greatest western writer of all time in a 1995 survey by the Western Writers of America." --"American Cowboy" Praise for Elmer Kelton: "Elmer Kelton is to Texas what Mark Twain was to the Mississippi River."--Jory Sherman, author of "The Barons of Texas" "As always, Mr. Kelton's history is accurate and his characters clearly drawn and believable." -"The ""Dallas"" Morning News "on" Jericho's Road" "Once again, Kelton offers and exciting tale in which the bad guys are really bad and some of the good guys are, too. His characters are sharly defined, the historical background is vivid and the gunplay can't be beat." -"Publishers Weekly on ""Jericho""'s Road""""Multiple Spur Award-winner Kelton knows how to tell a wallopin' good story without beating the reader over the head with it. His affection for his characters and his gentle sense of humor win the reader over bit by bit, until we find ourselves genuinely caring how the story comes out . --"Abilene"" Reporter-News""""Elmer Kelton writes of early Texas with unerring authority. His knowledge of the state'sc
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About Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men's Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.
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233 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 44% (102)
4 36% (85)
3 16% (37)
2 4% (9)
1 0% (0)
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