Come and Take It: Search for the Treasure of the Alamo

Come and Take It: Search for the Treasure of the Alamo

by Landon Wallace


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Come and Take It: Search for the Treasure of the Alamo by Landon Wallace

In the early morning of March 6, 1836, the Mexican army storms the Alamo and kills every one of the defenders except William Barret Travis's young black slave named Joe. Although General Santa Anna vows to keep him alive, a fearful Joe sneaks away in the night carrying a prize far more valuable than anything inside the creaky Spanish mission.

Fast forward to September 2013.

Joe's modern descendant, a 93-year-old World War II veteran living alone in Brewton, Alabama is dying after being attacked by intruders. With his last breath, the old man defiantly shouts, "Come and take it!" And with his demise, the last living person who knows about Joe's prize is gone forever.

While investigating the old man's death, grandson Nat uncovers clues about a long-hidden secret dating back to the Alamo. With the help of a beautiful history professor named Renee, Nat begins to unravel the mystery of his grandfather's murder, and in the process discovers another mystery of far greater scale--the long lost treasure of the Alamo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986173103
Publisher: Trinity River Press
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 272,486
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Landon Wallace is a native Texan and trial attorney who can tell a story both in and outside the courtroom. He lives in North Texas with his wife and family. Come and Take It is his second novel.

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Come and Take It: Search for the Treasure of the Alamo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Frank_Scozzari More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! A fantastic adventure story, "Come and Take It" is well-written, historically founded and researched, and has characters that jump out of the pages at you. Author Landon Wallace sets the stage with a dying old WWII vet coughing out his last words which send his grandson Nat on a mission to unravel a lost treasure mystery dating back to the battle of the Alamo. Aided by the beautiful professor Renee, their search follows a trail of intriguing clues, and as they begin connecting the dots, Wallace masterfully seeds the story with just enough facts and historical relevance to keep the reader on edge. With "Come and Take It," Landon Wallace has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. It is an amazing read worthy of FIVE gold stars.
KLRomo More than 1 year ago
“Come and Take It!” – the war-cry shouted by the defenders of the Alamo, but also the title of the new book by Landon Wallace. What makes this book unique among other historical tales surrounding the battle at the Alamo is that its focus is not on the heroes that we’ve all studied, but about the only man to escape death at the battle – Joe the Slave. Joe is William Barrett Travis’s slave, and helps Travis defend the fort until the fight is over. Just as the Mexican army storms the compound, Texas legend Jim Bowie gives Joe a piece of paper to guard with his life. After the battle ends, Joe is released by Santa Anna a free man, and told to spread the word about the mightiness of the Mexican army. Joe assumes the surname of Travis, and ventures out to start a new life. What happens to Joe after his release is both ironic and tragic, all the while trying to safeguard Jim Bowie’s secret. The novel is told from the perspective of Joe Travis’ descendants, and as they uncover the pieces of little-known history, we learn not only about the impending Alamo massacre, but about what happened after the battle as well. Joe Travis’ great-great-great-grandson, Nat Travis, becomes enmeshed in the search for Jim Bowie’s secret, carried away from the Alamo 180 years earlier. But someone else wants the secret as well, and will stop at nothing to get it – even murder. Nat Travis and his brother’s former wife reunite at the funeral of Nat’s grandfather, after many years, and investigate the mystery together, putting themselves in harm’s way to solve the puzzle. But is it worth it? Come and Take It was replete with history, mystery, and romance. I learned about the unsung hero of the Alamo fight, and joined in the search for buried secrets. Wallace drew me into the drama that was the Battle of the Alamo, and allowed me to recognize that there are many unlikely heroes in life with whom we cross paths every day – we just don’t realize it. I recommend Come and Take It for an enjoyable and entertaining read. Get your Texas history on! Come and take it!
TN1796 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this decent historical thriller but I found the story and supporting characters lacking. Nat Travis is a middle-aged high-school football coach in Alabama who must plan the funeral of his 93-year-old grandfather. He finds that a legend of Texas history, a fortune buried at the Alamo during the 1836 siege, turns out to be real. How was Nat's grandfather involved? And are the killers after him? This story has the makings of a decent historical thriller. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a misfire: most of the characters other than Nat and his ex-sister-in-law/potential love interest Renee are a bit cardboard. His brother Joseph is terribly one-dimensional. The scheme requires us to accept that a legend is true without any real compelling reason to do so. Many parts of the book are entertaining (the sections dealing with Nat's coaching job would have made a fun novella for anyone who grew up loving small-town football). The book never comes together in a satisfying way. It is good enough in spurts that I want to read Landon Wallace's next book.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite Dancing between past and present, the Alamo comes to life with the story behind a treasure and the search for it in Landon Wallace's debut novel, Come and Take It. A ninety-three year old World War II war hero, Joe Travis, is murdered in his home by two intruders attempting to rob him of a mysterious family legacy—one only Joe Travis thought he knew about. At his grandfather's funeral, Nat Travis is pulled aside by an old friend of Joe's, Sergeant Anthony Ambrose, who enlightens him on some Travis family history and hints at a secret long held by Nat's grandfather. What Nat and his brother's ex-wife, Renee, uncover from there leads them on a dangerous search for answers, one where past and present converge, presenting itself alongside an unlikely romance. Come and Take It is a wonderfully written story about love, loss, and both the history of a family and a nation. The adventure itself is riveting, but for me, it was the story of Joe the Slave and Landon Wallace's portrayal of Texas' days of yore that hooked me in. The characters are wholly authentic with dialogue that is natural and believable. Despite being fiction, Come and Take It unfolds before you, and even the nasty Kruger becomes a character you want to know more about. Aside from the history and mystery, there is also a love story afoot. With a less skilled writer the taboo attachment might come off as gaudy, but Wallace narrates with such compassion and delicate maneuvering, it is impossible not to root them on entirely. This book ticks all the boxes and is highly recommended to lovers of mystery, action, adventure, history, and romance.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite Come and Take It: Search for the Treasure of the Alamo is a fascinating historical fiction by Landon Wallace. In the Texas Revolution of 1836, the Mexican army kills all the men defending the Alamo, except Joe, William Barret Travis’ slave. Joe escapes with a map entrusted to him by Jim Bowie that leads to his treasure. Unfortunately, Joe loses the map but keeps track of the person who has it. In 2013, burglars attack his 93-year-old descendant, Joe Travis, who dies without telling relatives of his ancestor’s secret. Nat, his grandson, receives puzzling information from his grandfather’s friend, Ambrose. When Ambrose suddenly dies, Nat is convinced his grandfather’s attackers were involved. He digs deeper into his family’s history with the help of Renee, his brother’s beautiful ex-wife. What they discover could get them murdered by persons linked to the historical past of the Alamo. Portions of the historic battle of the Alamo depicted in Come and Take It: Search for the Treasure of the Alamo give good insight into the war. It is a lovely story by Landon Wallace, who tells an exciting, treasure hunting adventure structured around historical facts of the famous Texas Revolution. He takes readers into the revolution to meet renowned figures like Jim Bowie, William Barret Travis, and Mexico’s Santa Ana. Other characters also drew my attention with their expressive personalities and purposes. Landon Wallace shows another side of Texas I am unfamiliar with; reflective of the past and modern-day Alamo restorations and proud, devoted historians.
kmzech More than 1 year ago
I was given an ebook by the publisher of this wonderful book,history with a mystery!! If this 1st book is any indication of Landon Wallace's talent, we, the readers are going to be wowed! I really enjoyed the history concerning the Alamo & the way it was presented, alternating with the present mystery surrounding the whereabouts of Jim Bowie's treasure. I could not put this book down! All of the characters in the present were "fleshed out" so they seemed like real people. I especially liked the real person of "Joe the Slave" and all of the historical people who defended the Alamo. My favorite character was the old lady tour guide who gave 2 of the main characters, Nat and Renee, her "deluxe" edition of her tour presentation. The location of Jim Bowie's treasure has long been speculated upon for over 150 years and the dramatic denouement is worth all the interplay between the good and the evil people associated with the hunt. You won't be disappointed in reading this book- it was great! I look forward to the next Landon Wallace novel.