El Paso

El Paso

A Novel

Book - 2016
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When the Colonel's famous Valle del Sol ranch is raided, it was Pancho Villa who not only stole the cattle but also murdered the ranch manager. Even worse, Villa's henchmen abduct the Colonel|s grandchildren in another daring raid only days later. Frantic, the aging patriarch and his adopted son race to El Paso, hoping to gather a group of cowboys brave enough to hunt down the generalissimo on his own turf. But their deep pockets and political clout mean next to nothing in a crumbling nation rife with communist sympathizers. When a twist of fate unites his party with that of Johnny Ollas, an aspiring matador whose wife has also been kidnapped by the marauding revolutionaries, the two factions gallop off on an extraordinary manhunt through some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth: the vast and snake-ridden Sierra Madre.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781631492242
1631492241
Branch Call Number: FIC GROOM, WINSTON
Characteristics: xii, 477 pages ; 25 cm

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noltec
Aug 11, 2017

This book which has it all--love, loss, betrayal, intrigue, conflict, trigger-happy, powerful men, with some fascinating historical characters! Pancho Villa, General Patton, railroad tycoons, bull fighters, strong women, adorable children--so many twists and turns taking place in the wild west territories of Texas and Mexico. It is a bit long, and drags just a bit in places, but you'll want to keep traveling through to see what happens to these engaging characters.

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Rock_Shadow
Jan 09, 2017

Good story telling. Though not a historical fiction, the book introduces several historical characters and events from the early 20th century Mexican revolution, including fierce Pancho Villa and his revolutionary army. An adventuresome old industrialist Colonel Shaughnessy and his family become the reflection of the United States enterprising spirit, both for their (waning) wealth and their tenacity. The two men, Villa and Colonel, fight for what they value the most, and their fight is mostly close and personal.

The book did so well with story-telling that sent me to the library for follow up on the period's history, on both sides of the border. The male characters are better defined than the female ones, with none of them too deep. It's a cowboys, villains, and Indians wilderness saga that takes us to the deserts and the mountains of North Mexico. We are entertained by a few quirky characters and multitude of events, including bullfight and fiesta, but the ultimate winner is the landscape.

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