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.
Seven-time Spur Award winner Kelton has always been a masterful western storyteller of tales rich with historical detail, vivid characters and sharply defined plots. Here he concludes the Sons of Texas trilogy with the strongest entry, set in the mid 1830s. The Lewis family-brothers Andrew, Michael and James, and sister Annie-are foreigners in a strange land, raising their families and farming while Mexican and American cultures, politics, racism and tempers simmer over the possibilities of rebellion and independence from Mexico. During these years, the Lewises must deal with outlaws, the Mexican army, trouble-making American politicians, a slick smuggler and their continuing feud with the thieving and back-shooting Blackwood brothers. When war does come, the Lewis boys and one Blackwood go off to fight in bloody battles at Velasco, the Alamo and San Jacinto, and not all come home. Historical figures-Sam Houston, General Santa Anna, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett-have cameos and add depth and color to this superb saga of the Lone Star State. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"The 'Sons of Texas' Trilogy brings to mind the ever-popular Louis L'Amour's multigenerational Sackett family saga. Written with the same skill and attention to historical detail as L'Amour's works, it gives additional pleasure in imagining the dangers and adventure shared by the pioneers who settled the great state of Texas." --El Paso Times on The Raiders