In 1816, Mordecai Lewis, a veteran of Andrew Jackson’s Indian campaigns and battles against the British, moves his family into the western Tennessee canebrakes. But Mordecai, a born wanderer, is not satisfied with farming, and with his sons Michael and Andrew and some other backwoodsmen, he leads a foray into Spanish-held Texas to hunt wild horses and return the mustang herd to sell in Tennessee.
Crossing the Sabine River, Mordecai’s party encounters a Spanish patrol determined to repel all American invaders. After a bloody skirmish leaves their father dead, Michael and Andrew find their way back to their Tennessee farm.
Five years later, after the Spanish government in Mexico City has agreed to permit 300 American families to settle in Texas, the Lewis brothers have their opportunity to re-enter Texas. They ride to the frontier town of Natchitoches, Louisiana, where Michael falls in love with Marie Villaret, daughter of a wealthy French landowner, then cross the Sabine to find Stephen F. Austin, a Missouri entrepreneur in charge of the new American colony.
But the Lewises are considered interlopers and horse thieves and are dogged by a patrol led by the same ruthless Spanish offer who killed their father five years before
Sons of Texas is the first volume in a trilogy that follows the lives and adventures of the Lewis family through the era of the Alamo and Texas Independence under Sam Houston.
The first of three novels of early Texas, from the 1820s through Texas Independence under Sam Houston, Sons of Texas is a generational saga about the Lewis family who moved from tidewater into the western Tennessee canebrakes in 1816.,
“A series that brings to mind L’Amour’s multi-generational Sackett Family saga…Readers will eagerly anticipate the next entry in the series.” —Booklist on Sons of Texas
“One thing is certain: as long as there are writers as skillful as Elmer Kelton, Western literature will never die.” —True West Magazine
Sons of Texas was published on May 24, 2011.The Sons of Texas Audiobook is 588 hours and 20 minutes. Speechify has the Abridged edition version of the audiobook.
Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.
Sons of Texas includes the following subjects: Historical / General. The BISAC Subject Code is Fiction, Westerns.
The author of Sons of Texas is Elmer Kelton.
The narrator for the Sons of Texas Audiobook is Jason Culp.