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Arkansas native Douglas C. Jones (1924–1998) ranks right up there with Larry McMurtry, A.B. Guthrie, and Ron Hansen. Author of nineteen historical Westerns, including The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer, which was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Arrest Sitting Bull, and Elkhorn Tavern, Jones was a three-time recipient of the Golden Spur Award, and in 1993, he received the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contribution and Achievement from the Western Writers of America. His final novel, Sometimes ...

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Overview

Arkansas native Douglas C. Jones (1924–1998) ranks right up there with Larry McMurtry, A.B. Guthrie, and Ron Hansen. Author of nineteen historical Westerns, including The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer, which was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Arrest Sitting Bull, and Elkhorn Tavern, Jones was a three-time recipient of the Golden Spur Award, and in 1993, he received the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contribution and Achievement from the Western Writers of America. His final novel, Sometimes there Were Heroes, originally published in 2000 and now in paperback, is the riveting tale of the brave and driven men and women of early Texas, told against the color backdrop of Bexar, the tiny Spanish mission that would later become San Antonio. As witnessed through the unforgettable characters of the "Mexican Gringo" Paco Salazar, a German immigrant named Sophie, and the young Oscar Schiller, this history is made rich with intrigue, danger, murder and love as disparate cultures clash and bond on the American frontier. Tonkawa Indians and Bavarian settlers, Mexicans and Texicans, Comanches and Angelos all mingle memorably in this riveting drama. Here are Sam Houston and Santa Ana, the Alamo, the founding of the Republic of Texas, the Texas Rangers, the forty-Niner Gold Rush, and the Civil War, all seamlessly woven into a suspenseful and colorful tale. The author's own pencil and charcoal drawings further enliven the novel. From prologue to epilogue, this is a suspenseful book that will be hard to put aside until it is finished.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is good fiction, grippingly plotted . . . in Douglas Jones's capable and experienced hands, all the characters become real." —Donald Harington, author of The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks: A Novel "Slowly but with infinite grace, Jones is creating a masterful fictional history of America." —Washington Post "Jones is a superb storyteller and authentic chronicler of the American West." —Los Angeles Times Book Review "A master storyteller." —Publishers Weekly "In a series of splendid historical novels Jones has dramatized the human dimension beneath such events as the Civil War, the Indian Wars, and the settlement of the Western frontier." —Library Journal "In Jones's ornately detailed novels, every little plot stroke has its historical context." —New York Times Book Review "Jones has to be one of the most knowlegeable and imaginative writers of the American West." —School Library Journal
Washington Post
"Slowly but with infinite grace, Jones is creating a masterful fictional history of America."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Jones is a superb storyteller and authentic chronicler of the American West."
New York Times Book Review
"In Jones's ornately detailed novels, every little plot stroke has its historical context."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557288073
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 1,095,470
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of eighteen previous Western sagas, including The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer (1976, Scribners), This Savage Race (1992, Henry Holt) and Come Winter (1992, University of Arkansas Press), Douglas C. Jones has a loyal international readership.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    Top Notch Western Historical Fiction

    I have read six books written by Douglas C. Jones and every one of them rates five stars. This one has the beginnings of San Antonio, Texas, as it's central theme.

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