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A sinister splendor / Mike Blakely.

Blakely, Mike, author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780765328380
  • ISBN: 0765328380
  • ISBN: 9781429943611
  • ISBN: 1429943610
  • Physical Description: 443 pages : map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Forge, 2019.

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General Note: "A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Summary, etc.: Pairing extensive research with a brilliance for reviving the past in gripping narrative, Spur Award-winning author Mike Blakely has penned an epic novelization of the Mexican-American War in A Sinister Splendor. It's 1845. Texas joins the union and Mexico threatens war over the disputed Texas border. Meanwhile, expansionists dream of an America that sprawls all the way to the Pacific Coast. Can a conflict with an already war-torn Mexico satisfy this lust for territory? The Mexican-American War becomes the heroic proving ground for future Civil War generals and presidents of the United States, Mexico, and the Confederacy. But the glories of victory are tempered by the horrors of war--lives lost, bodies battered, souls shattered, dreams crushed, whole cities razed, and innocence forever dashed.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2
    There's trouble at the southern border in this detailed, action-packed history of the Mexican-American War. Blakely (Come Sundown, 2006) infuses many of the real-life characters with an old-fashioned western sense of good and evil: the revenge-driven heroics of Sam Walker, Texas Ranger; the villainy of the vain, corrupt Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna; the indomitable pluck of laundress, cook, and innkeeper Sarah Bowman. But there are some surprising nuances: Grant's (aka Ulysses S.) romantic streak has him missing his fiancée and ruing the human cost of war, and Irish immigrant John Riley is driven to desert and fight for the Catholic Mexicans by nativist prejudice in the U.S. Army. Chapters alternate narrators, and new narrators are added almost up to the end, but this gives the book a sense of momentum, as long battle scenes are recounted from several perspectives, re-upping the immediacy of war. Though there are chapters presenting political machinations (from President James K. Polk and then-General Zachary Taylor), A Sinister Splendor is for readers who like westerns or historical fiction with lots of adrenaline. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

MIKE BLAKELY is the author of several novels of the West, including Comanche Dawn and Moon Medicine. His novel Summer of Pearls won the Spur Award for Best Novel in 2001. Blakely makes his home in Marble Falls, Texas.

Subject: Mexican War, 1846-1848 > Fiction.
Mexican-American Border Region > Fiction.
Mexico > Fiction.
Texas > Fiction.
Genre: War fiction.
Western fiction.
War stories.
Historical fiction.
Search Results Showing Item 3 of 688 Preferred library: Lake Agassiz Regional Library?

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