The Californios Author:Louis L'amour The Californios is an exciting and engaging story of Spanish California of more than a century ago, when Americans were just beginning to settle the rich and gold-filled land along the Pacific. Told in smooth authentic Louis L'Amour style, the novel is about the Mulkerin family, Irish and proud, their struggle to hold onto their ranch at Malibu ... more »against an assortment of frontier enemies, and the help they get, some of it surprisingly mystical, from Indians "of another people" who were there on the land before anyone.
The Californios has solid and exciting storytelling, but it has the other L'Amour quality trademarks , too--careful research, authentic historical background, and interesting shadings of characterization.Eileen Mulkerin, the beautiful mother and widow, is of tough fiber. One of her sons, Sean, is a sea-faring adventurer; the other Michael, is an introspective monk. Their friends along the Malibu, the Spanish who like them, the Indians who trust them, the people from town, the renegades, the fortune seekers, the raiders--they are all real people of the West.« less