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Mordecai Lewis and his sons Michael and Andrew ride into the Spanish province of Texas to hunt wild horses, planning to sell the animals back home in the Tennessee canebrakes. The expedition proves fatal for Mordecai and leaves the Lewis boys in peril on both sides of the border: with a murderous Spanish officer in Texas and a blood vendetta with the Blackwood clan, a neighboring Tennessee family.

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Overview

Mordecai Lewis and his sons Michael and Andrew ride into the Spanish province of Texas to hunt wild horses, planning to sell the animals back home in the Tennessee canebrakes. The expedition proves fatal for Mordecai and leaves the Lewis boys in peril on both sides of the border: with a murderous Spanish officer in Texas and a blood vendetta with the Blackwood clan, a neighboring Tennessee family.

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A veteran writer of more than 40 western novels, seven-time Spur Award-winner Kelton again delivers careful plotting, colorful characters and vibrant action in this tale set largely in Mexican-ruled Texas. In 1816, the patriarch of the Lewis clan leaves its Tennessee farm to join a group of local adventurers who plan is to capture Texas wild horses and bring them back to sell. Lewis's 16-year-old son Michael sneaks off and joins them. When the party run into a Mexican military patrol at the Louisiana border led by the sadistic Lieutenant Rodriguez, Michael's father is murdered along with much of the party, and Michael is left to die on the prairie, but survives (with a little bit of deus ex machina aid) and returns home. Five years later, after suffering through a bloody family feud, Michael and a younger brother, Andrew, return to Texas to settle the score and stake out new lives for themselves. Michael eventually finds love, revenge and even future Texas hero Stephen F. Austin. Lucid sentences, few surprises, heavily dialected dialogue, authentically clipped emotions, careful historicism and smooth pacing give what could be a hokey story nice nuance. The second and third installments will cover the Alamo, Sam Houston and Texas independence. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The greatest living writer of Western historicals (Jericho's Road, 2004, etc.) sets spurs to a new trilogy. Looking for the next dream in 1816, Mordecai Lewis leaves Tennessee-and his wife and kids-to head west in search of fresh land to settle. He returns empty-handed but dream-packed. The Lewises have little truck with surveyors and boundaries, they just move west and take up empty land until civilization encroaches on them. Now Mordecai has Homeric tales of the Spanish land called Texas, a limitless spread of golden earth bending past the horizon, whose population of wild horses is protected by the Mexican military, led by the murderous Lieutenant Armando Rodriguez. When Lewis gets a band together to round up a herd of those wild mustangs, self-righteous thief and neighbor Cyrus Blackwood insinuates himself into it. Also along is the series hero, young Michael Lewis. At the Sabine River, Michael meets Marie Villaret and loses his heart, as does she. The backwoodsmen round up a herd and head back to the States, but they're betrayed by Cyrus Blackwood. Rodriguez and his troops stop and murder the Tennesseans; Michael sees his father's brains blown out. He manages to get back to the Villaret ranch, where he recovers enough to head home and find Cyrus Blackwood. Trying to bushwhack Michael, young Finis Blackwood gets his arm shot to pieces and later removed. The Blackwoods vow to kill Michael. Rather than ignite a feud that could go on for years and cost his family many lives, Michael sets off west. At the Villaret ranch he hears that Spain will allow 300 American settlers to create farms in Texas. He asks Marie to marry him when he returns with some land to settle. Dialogue from heavenand storytelling fresh as a gunshot grip each page about the true West.
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"Brings to mind L'Amour's multi-generational Sackett Family saga....Readers will eagerly anticipate the next entry."
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765310217
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: Sons of Texas Series , #1
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2006

    Good book

    I'm currently reading this book. It's a pretty good book with a pretty dark outlook. The section titled 'From the Publisher' is wrong in stating that Michael and Andrew travel back to Tennessee after going on a trip to Texas with their father. Michael is the only brother that goes with his father to Texas the first time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    Great thrilling book

    This book was great a thrill to the end. Never underestimate the power of elemer kelton. I highly reccomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    What a start

    This Book is a great start with the story of Early Texas and the problems faced on both sides (spanish and american). Kelton does a good job of storytelling and at times I found myself ridding next to the charecters with the same jitters they had. I would reccomend to all Western Readers.

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