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Bitter Victory: Book 6 of Tierra del Oro (Volume 6) Paperback – June 10, 2012
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My serious writing started at a small desk against the wall of our farmhouse kitchen, just after I received my first typewriter, a Smith-Corona portable manual that must have cost my parents far more than I was worth at the time.
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This one continues the narrative of the Mexican revolution of the early 20th century with the war as backdrop to the subplots of the relationships of our characters. ("Our characters" because you will become personally invested in their lives.) Hartmann develops these characters as they age, as they are effected by the war and its disruptions. Descriptions succinct but specific that create the visual elements, smells and climate flesh out the picture that makes the story live. Long after I put the book down, I'm there still.
The story begins in 1913 in the middle of the Mexican revolution. Ramon, a captain in the rebel army, commands a ragtag group of men who try to push back the more organized federal troops.
Though Ramon has given up hope that his kidnapped wife, Anita, and son Sereno are still alive, they remain captives of a federal general. As Anita plans an escape, Ramon's first love, Serafina, and her two sons, Domingo and Teo, head north in an attempt to reunite with him.
With the background of war, tension remains high throughout the story and no character is safe from harm. As demonstrated in previous books, anyone may be killed off at any time, whether a main character or a minor one.
During the course of the story, old romances are rekindled, good friends are lost in battle, and new relationships are forged. Fate, a continuing theme in this saga, plays its role in everyone's destiny.
As with the other volumes in this series, the story comes alive with exquisite details of early 20th century Mexico. The characters are all very well developed and continue to grow and age as the story progresses. It's easy to get immersed in the story as the plot advances with sufficient speed to keep the reader interested and eager to find out what will happen next. The story could be summed up as a classic Western set in Mexico.
I loved the trip on horseback that Serafina and her two boys made with the help of Pedro and his son. I could have stayed in that trip with them
Beautiful story. Sadness, sorrow, grief, and joy.