by Boyd Taylor


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When budding historian Donnie Ray Cuinn stumbles upon an old letter in the musty bowels of the Texas State Archives, he believes he has uncovered the true story of Sam Payne's valiant, or perhaps not so valiant, capture of Mexican leader Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto. Cuinn's findings are published in a local magazine. But the article eventually becomes fodder in the gubernatorial race between Democratic upstart Bob Braeswood and Republican favorite Sam Eben Payne V, the great-great-grandson of the Texas hero. Braeswood is intent on exploiting the past, while Payne will do anything to suppress it. In the ensuing battle, Donnie finds his beliefs, not to mention his relationships, stretched to the limit in the first novel of the Donnie Ray Cuinn series, Hero.

"Political intrigue at its best." - Max Sherman, former Dean of LBJ School at the University of Texas

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ISBN-13: 9780989470728
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Publication date: 08/31/2015
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Hero 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Donnie Cuinn is a history graduate that has discovered a document that paints the historical Texas hero Sam Payne in a negative light during the Battle of San Jacinto and the capture of Santa Anna. Normally an article like this would not really make a difference in life. Except Donnie finds himself in the middle of a gubernatorial race with the great-great grandson of Sam Payne V. Sam’s opponent is quick to smear Sam’s name in the mud and Sam is going to make Donnie retract his story one way or another. Donnie doesn’t seem like much when you first start reading the story. But I have to say he made me start cheering for him when Sam attempts to force him to retract the story. This is where he starts to shine, I just love someone that is not willing to be bullied into hiding the truth. And Cecilia, talk about a strong willed woman, I hope he keeps her around. I really enjoyed this story. I loved how Donnie stood his ground against Sam. I really enjoyed learning more about his birth mother the more we went along. That really added to Donnie’s story. I think this is a great start to the series and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Donny Ray Cuinn Is nobody special. Just a humble historian. Until the day he uncovers a startling document and writes about. Then he lands smack dab in the middle of a gubernatorial race in the mighty state of Texas. You see, Sam Eben Payne V, is one of the candidates and that article Donny wrote shed a rather ugly light on Sam’s ancestor, creating a bit of a scandal. He claims the document was a fake and brings the full force of his power down on Donny. Now Donny must choose, retract the story or stand by what he believes to be true. This is very much a character driven story. Something I happen to love. And there’s such a fun cast. It makes everything outrageous. And the author writes these scenes that make you wish you were a fly on the wall. Like when Sam Payne, running for governor and with deep roots in the state, demands the story be retracted and just can’t believe it when a nobody like Donnie refuses to obey. He has a hissy it. He huffs and he puffs but Donnie won’t back down. It took some time for me to warm up to Donny. In the beginning he’s not got much ambition or focus. But Sam Eben’s threats put a burr under his saddle and he gets fired up. Plus, he’s finally found a girl he can love and shes’ no shrinking violet. There’s a scene in a hotel room where some Republic Militia bust in, catching them naked and unprepared, and Cecilia shows her Texan upbringing. Donny sums it up eloquently, “My God, you’re wonderful!” LOL What I thought might be a snooze turned out to be one heck of an entertaining read. My excitement built as Donny evolved, became someone I liked, and opened his can of whoop ass on those who thought him ignorant and lazy. I have the next three books waiting to be read and I just know it’s going to be more crazy fun.