Robert C. Carroll was born in Livingston, Texas. He relocated at an early age with his parents to Beaumont, Texas. He was raised and educated in his home town. He worked six years at the Borden Milk Company, then worked for Chevron Oil Chemicals for twenty three years. He retired early and moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee. There, he was self employed as a home builder-contractor until he retired in 2002.----His love of books and reading can be seen in "The Nacogdoches Trail". He now lives with his wife, Wanda, in a resort community in Southeast Texas.
The Nacogdoches Trail: 1870's Texas Adventureby Mr. Robert C. Carroll
What happens when a teen's actions result in the murder of his father? This is a story of revenge, tragedy, redemption and family values. It is also about an adventure the young Jay Morgan could never have dreamed.-----It is mid 1870s and near the East Texas town of Jefferson; a city second only to Galveston in trade and commerce. The Red River, with it's upstream log jam, has created a backwater bayou that has made Jefferson into an inland port and connected it to the Mississippi River and all points north and south. Commerce flourishes, and so does crime.----Seventeen year old Jay Morgan has left his home to seek fame and fortune. Unfortunately, he has fallen in with the wrong crowd of similar disillusioned youngsters. He gets unwittingly involved with two brothers and their illegal activities. They are a part of an outlaw gang who's outlaw father says he knows too much and must join them and participate in their planned bank robbery, "or else" -----The Nacogdoches Trail, while being mostly fiction, is based on a true story and charts the early development of the timber industry in Southeast Texas.
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The Nacogdoches Trail took me back to the days of Zane Grey’s Wild West but without Grey’s overlay of idealism and fantasy. Instead it is a story that rings with truth and fact without losing flavor, excitement or interest. Robert Carroll is first of all an accomplished and creative story teller who brings to life his characters and makes the reader really care about them. You are with young Jay Morgan as he struggles to learn to shoot as well as his outlaw teacher, as he deals with emotional and ethical dilemmas and as he overcomes obstacles in the rural settings of the Texas lumber country and the towns and villages of the frontier and the big cities of Natchez and New Orleans. This is an excellent work of historical fiction, based on a true story drawn from the author’s own ancestral heritage. And the style of telling of it evokes a camp fire and an old timer with a true Texas drawl. I can’t recommend this book enough.