A novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo, this book follows of three (fictional) people whose fates become bound to the fort: Edmund McGowan, a naturalist; Mary Mott, a widowed innkeeper; and Mary's teenage son Terrell. It tells the story from the perspective of both the Mexican and American armies.
I did enjoy the book. Since I grew up in Texas, I also grew up with the story of the Alamo. Although this is a work of fiction, the author tries to stick to the truth as much as possible. As he admits, the truth and myth of the Alamo are so entwined that it is impossible to be completely factual or to please everybody. I think he did a good job of writing an entertaining, engrossing book.
This a great historical novel about the Battle of the Alamo.
Good read - I learned alot about the Alamo
This book was a New York Times Bestseller. It is an engrossing novel of the fight for and fall of the Alamo in 1836. It follows the lives
of three people whose lives become bound together at the fort. Edmund
McGowan, a gifted naturalist, the resourceful innkeeper Mary Mott and
her sixteen-year old son, Terrell. Other people featured in the novel
are James Bowie, David Crockett. William Travis and Santa Anna.
Although the book depicts the violence of the time, it was a really good read.
A huge, riveting, deeply imagined novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo in 1836, an event that formed the conscousness of Texas and that resonates through American history. It follows the lives of 3 people whose fates become bound to the now-fabled Texas fort. The story unfolds with vivid immediacy and describes the pivotal battle from the perspective of the Mexican attackers as well as the American defenders. Filled with dramatic scenes and abounding in fictional and historical personalities. A historical novel at its best.
I looked forward to this. It was good, but I found that my interest in it went up and down throughout the book. Might have been that I was distracted while reading, so it may have not been the books fault.