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The Diezmo tells the incredible story of the Mier Expedition, one of the most absurd and tragic military adventures in the history of Texas — a country and a state, as Rick Bass writes, that was "born in blood." In the early days of the Republic of Texas, two young men, wild for glory, impulsively volunteer for an expedition Sam Houston has ordered to patrol the Mexican border. But their dreams of triumph soon fade into prayers for survival, and all that is on their minds is getting home and having a cool drink of water. After being captured in a raid on the Mexican village of Mier, escaping, and being recaptured, the men of the expedition are punished with the terrible diezmo, in which one man in ten is randomly chosen to die. The survivors end up in the most dreaded prison in Mexico. There they become pawns in an international chess game to decide the fate of Texas, and with their hopes of release all but extinguished, they make one desperate, last-ditch effort to escape.

A great crossover book with appeal for high school students. It will also interest readers of westerns and historical fiction.

Synopsis:

A gut-wrenching adventure, The Diezmo tells the story of one of the most absurd and tragic military adventures in American history. In the early days of the Republic of Texas, two young men, barely sixteen years old and wild for glory, impulsively volunteer for a military expedition assigned to patrol the Mexican border. After being captured in a raid on the Mexican village of Mier, the men of the expedition are sentenced to the grisly diezmo, in which a random selection by bean lottery condemns one man in ten to death. The imprisoned survivors make a desperate last-ditch bid for freedom — with tragic results.

Synopsis:

A gut-wrenching adventure, The Diezmo tells the story of one of the most absurd and tragic military adventures in American history. In the early days of the Republic of Texas, two young men, barely sixteen years old and wild for glory, impulsively volunteer for a military expedition assigned to patrol the Mexican border. After being captured in a raid on the Mexican village of Mier, the men of the expedition are sentenced to the grisly diezmo, in which a random selection by bean lottery condemns one man in ten to death. The imprisoned survivors make a desperate last-ditch bid for freedom — with tragic results.

About the Author

Rick Bass is the author of sixteen books, including Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had. He lives in the Yaak Valley of Montana with his wife and two daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618710508
Author:
Bass, Rick
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Bass, Rick
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
June 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.12x6.20x.56 in. .52 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A gut-wrenching adventure, The Diezmo tells the story of one of the most absurd and tragic military adventures in American history. In the early days of the Republic of Texas, two young men, barely sixteen years old and wild for glory, impulsively volunteer for a military expedition assigned to patrol the Mexican border. After being captured in a raid on the Mexican village of Mier, the men of the expedition are sentenced to the grisly diezmo, in which a random selection by bean lottery condemns one man in ten to death. The imprisoned survivors make a desperate last-ditch bid for freedom — with tragic results.
"Synopsis" by ,
A gut-wrenching adventure, The Diezmo tells the story of one of the most absurd and tragic military adventures in American history. In the early days of the Republic of Texas, two young men, barely sixteen years old and wild for glory, impulsively volunteer for a military expedition assigned to patrol the Mexican border. After being captured in a raid on the Mexican village of Mier, the men of the expedition are sentenced to the grisly diezmo, in which a random selection by bean lottery condemns one man in ten to death. The imprisoned survivors make a desperate last-ditch bid for freedom — with tragic results.
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