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Finding Home (Lawes' Raiders, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Engleman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Named INDIE BOOK OF THE DAY, for March 1, 2013.
At first glance, the Lawes’ Raiders series of historical novels would appear to be memoirs written by an old man with a sixth-grade education who played a major role in 19th Century Texas. The Captain of a Texas Rangers Company sent to deep South Texas to protect the region’s people, he tells tales of lawmen fighting the violence of Mexican incursions into the U. S.
His simple, often ungrammatical words, tell much more than stories of Texas History. They—all 4,046 handwritten pages of them—speak of simple men with a simple wisdom that does not question miracles, be they the magic that enables a gentle man to commit unspeakable violence or the miracles that are inexplicable.
Call it a “saga” or an “epic,” but Lawes’ Raiders is about a quest of one simple man to become a person he never thought he could be. It is also a story of power and its impact on a good, simple soul.
As the books’ covers say, Daryl Aaron Lawes’ story is one of “bravery, comradeship, violence, loss and some miracles, too, (with some guffaws thrown in, just for fun).”


Product Details

  • File Size: 357 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mike Engleman (December 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AI72BTS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Historical Read! December 13, 2012
Even non-Native Texicans will be hooked by Mike Engleman's "Finding Home", his first in a series of six books detailing life on the South Texas frontier when Tejas was a Mexican state. This introduction to Lawes Raiders is indeed an epic saga, and I can't wait to read the next! Move over, "Lonesome Dove" - you've got competition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Texican descendant's virtual tour December 10, 2012
By Ruben T
As a native south-Texan, familiar with south Texas history and a descendant of an influential early Texican family, I started reading Mike Engleman's "Finding Home" history novel with much anticipation. I was not disappointed. The historical and geographic references brought it home, even in its pre-development setting. And its vivid descriptions of frontier life, dangers, and violence of the times not long after the Civil War gave this old "Valley Rat" (Rio Grande Valley resident) a good feel for what my predecessors must have experienced in those days. The D.A. Lawes recollections of his experiences is a great way for me to be there, too. Thanks, Mike. Keep 'em coming!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Texas Pride December 12, 2012
By DG
I found the story of Daryl and Barrel very interesting.....even with Daryl's horrific grammar. As a native Texan I particularly enjoyed the historic value of this book. Looking forward to Book Two!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History comes to life! December 10, 2012
This was an excellent tale about a man who lived the hard life during Texas' formative years. The characters were well developed and believable, and the story was a good read! I look forward to the MOVIE!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! December 10, 2012
This is a powerful, amazing story. It goes to show with perseverance anything can be accomplished. I found this book to be very well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Engleman Classic December 10, 2012
Mike Engleman once again pulls the reader in from page 1 and never lets up. His grasp of Texana, Texas History and fascinating charters makes his latest a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Editorial writer has expanded his horizons December 10, 2012
By LCR
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I have been an admirer of Mike Engleman's talents for years since he was an editorial writer for the Dallas Morning News in the 1960's. So glad to see that he has expanded his horizons and become the inevitable novelist with aspirations that have taken him to another level! Hear, hear, Mr. Engleman! Onward and upward with your interests in Texas history!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply, A Must! December 11, 2012
Finding Home is a fascinating wild west chronicle that follows events in the lives of two young men, Daryl Aaron Lawes and Dewayne Johnston Lotto, from a Tennessee farm, through New Orleans and on to Texas to join the Texas Rangers in the rough and lawless 1800's.
Mr. Engleman weaves his exceptional writing skills and love of South Texas' history in a captivating and fast-moving tale of Texas Rangers battling lawless sheriffs, feuding families, and Mexican cattle rustlers. The reader will be enchanted by the story's heros and yet shocked by violence of the times-while being provided a life-sized vision of hardscrabble Ranger life.
An epic of a fascinating era!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to see it end.
An eye opening book about our heritage as Americans. Gritty down to earth book about real hero's and the courageous establishment of law and order in the wild west.
Published 8 months ago by RoyG
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawes' Raiders
Loved the way Mike Engleman wrote this book with the use of the common language of the times. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Published 14 months ago by james whitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Fiction, Historical Fiction, Western
This is the tale of Daryl Aaron Lawes, a semi-literate who was born to a Tennessee sharecropper and his friend "Barrel" Dewayne Johnson Lotto. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jill Bemis
1.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting
I am a big fan of western adventure such as Louis Lamour, Ben Bridges and RW Stone, this was not even close. True or not, it left me wanting and waiting. Sorry Mike
Published 17 months ago by Deacon Pete
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Home Lawes Raiders Book 1
Enjoyable read. Written in a old timely accented English from memoirs. Keeps you engaged and interested about life in Texas in the late 1800's as a Texas Ranger. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jim Sievers
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Home (Lawes' Raiders, book 1)
Finding Home was a good book. Maybe a little to much on the simple side, but still a good read for a look back into Texas history.
Published 18 months ago by George M. Fielder
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Home
i loved this book. an exciting day to day look at the texas rangers, loyal soldiers and friends ready for anything
Published 18 months ago by richard miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Home (Lawes' Raiders, Book 1)Mike Engleman
I found this book very interesting. It was fun to relive the life of those that went before us. I liked the way it was written to let you see how the talked but adding to it to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dena
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare real glimpse into a past too often fictionalized..
What a treasure we have in the memoirs Mr. Lawes left. Here is one of the most honest, most heartfelt and descriptive first person narratives from a time that is far too often... Read more
Published 19 months ago by George Rasmussen
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Home
I love reading "Finding Home", because these two "twins" have become my friends. I am already worried about finishing because then I'll 'loose' them. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
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