The author is probably more interested in the alternative Republic of Texas than the average reader, but he clearly loves his subject. I have great respect for the quality of this series overall, and bringing about peace with the Comanches is a key piece of the puzzle that might not have occurred to an outsider like me. There is a bit of "Ring of Fire" to Travis' efforts at reform, but instead of a town bringing all its talents to bear on the past, one might well wonder at the impact a lone individual had on matters as diverse as military tactics and technology, and state economics. It was a time of immense and ultimately bloody division in the country as a whole, but the reader has an impression that these issues are distant and a bit peripheral to the country-building in the book. And despite the centrality of coming to grips with the Indian issue, our native Americans do not really come across with much authority here. All that said, however, as an exploration of one man on a mission to change a piece of history, this is first rate.
We follow the life of an American soldier who wakes up in the body of Col. Travis, who in our world died at the Alamo. The American, Wil, uses his future knowledge to avoid his/Travis' heroic death in book one. Now we watch as he and Davy Crockett build a new Texas, and a better one. Some good stuff about accelerating economic development in well thought through ways that I liked very much. The amended events seem plausible. In this volume our characters deal with the historically very powerful and extremely violent Comanche nation. Well developed and believable conflict between the Comanche and the brand new Texas Republic, but brutal. I am now hooked on the series but still regret the frequent typos which take away from the enjoyment of the story.
I am a fan of the "What If" brand of historical sci-fi, and also happen to be a Texan so this was very appealing to me. The book and characters are well drawn and I did start with the First book in the series and I strongly urge you to do the same. this second installment will be very confusing if you haven't started with the first book. Don't worry, it is equally as good. The story moves right along and keeps you very involved. I recommend this as an excellent and entertaining read.
4.0 out of 5 starsbeing from Louisiana I needed to learn Texas history here
October 31, 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a really interesting story clearly told with more explanation than Texas Ranger TV series or John Wayne movies. it demonstrates how sizable in land Texas is and how the different cultures mixed in forming a nation that could have thrived on their own with just a few timely suggestions. Will continue with it.
5.0 out of 5 starsGood continuation of this alternate history saga!
September 24, 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Drew McGunn continues with the story of Texas in this alternate history giving us his take on what might have been with the years following their successful defeat of Santa Anna without the losses at Goliad and the Alamo! Good yarn! Looking forward to the next chapter!