From Publishers Weekly
The latest from prolific Texan novelist Kelton (Hard Trail to Follow
) is really two novels, both concerning the Texas revolution against Mexico as witnessed by two young brothers, Joshua and Thomas Buckalew. In the first book, Massacre at Goliad, the Buckalews' dream of adventure and free land is dispelled by the harsh reality of the West: hard work, Indians, bandits and the simmering cultural, racial and political animosity between Americans and Mexicans. When violence finally breaks out, the boys miss the slaughter at the Alamo only to be caught up in the massacre of Texan prisoners at Goliad. Only one brother survives, going on to avenge Goliad at the Battle of San Jacinto. In After the Bugles, the surviving brother returns home to rebuild his ranch and his life, but must contend with cheating opportunists, murderous outlaws and deadly Comanche attacks, as well as growing Texan racism against his Mexican friends and neighbors. As with all of Kelton's westerns, characters are colorful and well drawn, the action is fast and bloody, and the plotting carefully thought out, making this another supercharged yarn. (Nov.)
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“Kelton, a wonderful storyteller, speaks in the language of the late 1870’s. Many of his descriptions and phrases remind me of the verbiage my parents used after settling in eastern Oklahoma when I was child and before I attended Norman schools and the university, where many of those earth comments were considered too ‘country’ for a developing new state. You will enjoy reading this breath of the past.”
--Oklahoman on Ranger’s Law