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The Last-Chancers: The MacHugh Memoirs (1835 - 1836)

The Last-Chancers: The MacHugh Memoirs (1835 - 1836)

by James L McWilliams


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A battle to decide the fate of Mexican Texas...and Rory MacHugh finds himself stuck in the middle of it.

Arriving in Texas with hopes of spending the remainder of his middle years in a life of domestic bliss, Rory MacHugh believes he's found the perfect place to settle down with the lovely Emily West, best known as The Yellow Rose of Texas. But in the wild west, things aren't so simple.

When a dangerous enemy from MacHugh's past returns determined for revenge, Rory's dreams of a quiet life are soon shattered. As trouble brews on the horizon for Texas, and his best attempts to stay neutral are thwarted, MacHugh, Emily, and their unlikely ally, Swampy, find themselves thrown head-first into the Texicans revolt.

With the cold-hearted Mexican dictator Santa Anna determined to crush the revolt and bring the region back under his control, the struggle for Texas culminates in the siege of The Alamo - a battle which will determine the fate of Mexican Texas. Embroiled with a group of other legendary Last-Chancers, including Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett, MacHugh must use all of his wits if he wants to stay alive...

If you love riveting historical fiction set in the heart of the wild west, then you won't want to miss the final page-turning novel in The MacHugh Memoirs. Grab your copy today!

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ISBN-13: 9780228817680
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication date: 11/09/2020
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

James L. McWilliams is a member of SOCAN, Canadian Authors Association Vancouver Branch, BC Pipers Association, Society for Army Historical Research (British) and Tabitha (Canadian volunteer workers in Cambodia). He was born on May 31st, 1938 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, in the heart of the prairies. He spent much of his early life in a homesteader's lean-to perched above a bend of the Moose Jaw Creek.

Jim grew up loving the prairies and the outdoors. There, bed-time stories were tales of his Grandmother Norgate's family in England. His paternal grandfather had survived an encounter with Sioux from the Little Bighorn, and one great-grandfather served in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885.

These facts probably account for Jim's enduring interest in anything historical.

In 1956, after a lack-luster scholastic performance at Moose Jaw Central Collegiate, he enlisted in the Canadian Army as a Piper destined for the Black Watch of Canada. Things didn't work out that way, and after what one Colonel described as "an astoundingly chequered career" Jim McWilliams emerged from Camp Borden, Ontario, as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, and with a B.A. in English and History from the University of Saskatchewan.

Along the way he worked as a labourer, a steamfitter's helper, a hardware clerk, an apprentice switchman, a cook/waiter, a drumming instructor, a Petroleum Engineering student at Oklahoma University, a houseboy in a sorority house and a Social Worker.

He settled on a teaching career beginning in Calgary at the Strathcona School for Boys, ending thirty rewarding years later at A.E. Peacock High School in Moose Jaw. During those years, although he devoted much of his free time to Piping, Jim's interest in history did not wane, and he compiled a "History of Piping" to be used at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts in the Piping and Drumming School which he had founded.

This mega-project completed (but still unpublished) somehow led to Jim writing The Suicide Battalion, a history of Moose Jaw's famous 46th Battalion of the First World War, and Gas! The Battle for Ypres 1915, which were co-authored with R. James Steel.

He also produced a string of pamphlets and articles dealing with piping and history. Two articles, "The Last Patrol for Private Price" December, 1979 and "Gabriel Dumont" in 1980 appeared in Reader's Digest. Both were nominated for national literary awards.

In 1993, Jim began a new career as a retiree in Cloverdale, British Columbia. He maintains his enthusiasm for history and writing. Since retirement, he has written extensively for Esprit de Corps, Canada's national military journal. He co-authored another First World War book with R. James Steel, AMIENS: Dawn of Victory (published in Britain as Amiens 1918 and again as Amiens 1918: The Last Great Battle).

Jim's current passion is writing and editing The MacHugh Memoirs, a seven-book historical adventure series featuring Rory MacHugh - piper, warrior, spy and much-adored ladies man - whenever he isn't getting himself into trouble with history's notables, like Napoleon Bonaparte, The Duke of Wellington, Tecumseh and Davy Crockett.

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