Synopses & Reviews
Mordecai Lewis and his sons Michael and Andrew ride into the Spanish province of Texas to hunt wild horses, planning to sell the animals back home in the Tennessee canebrakes. The expedition proves fatal for Mordecai and leaves the Lewis boys in peril on both sides of the border: with a murderous Spanish officer in Texas and a blood vendetta with the Blackwood clan, a neighboring Tennessee family.
"Brings to mind L'Amour's multi-generational Sackett Family saga....Readers will eagerly anticipate the next entry."
Praise for Elmer Kelton:
"Elmer Kelton is to Texas what Mark Twain was to the Mississippi River."--Jory Sherman, author of The Barons of Texas
"As always, Mr. Kelton's history is accurate and his characters clearly drawn and believable." -The Dallas Morning News on Jericho's Road
"Once again, Kelton offers and exciting tale in which the bad guys are really bad and some of the good guys are, too. His characters are sharly defined, the historical background is vivid and the gunplay can't be beat." -Publishers Weekly on Jericho's Road
"Multiple Spur Award-winner Kelton knows how to tell a wallopin' good story without beating the reader over the head with it. His affection for his characters and his gentle sense of humor win the reader over bit by bit, until we find ourselves genuinely caring how the story comes out . --Abilene Reporter-News
"Elmer Kelton writes of early Texas with unerring authority. His knowledge of the state's history is complete, too--drawn from the lives of real people. . . . The fate of Texas is at hand, and Kelton will have readers eager to find out what happens."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram on The Buckskin Line
"You can never go wrong if you want to read a good story with realistic characters and you pick up a title by Elmer Kelton. In the case of his newest book, The Smiling Country, the guarantee is as good as gold. . . . Kelton's characters jump off the page, they are so real. This is another fine title from the man named the greatest western writer of all time in a 1995 survey by the Western Writers of America." --American Cowboy
Ambushed in 1816 Texas for trying to capture wild horses, the sons of murdered veteran and farmer Mordecai Lewis are eventually permitted to resettle in Texas, where one of them falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy French landowner and both are treated as horse thieves by Spanish patrolmen. Reprint.
About the Author
Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Mens Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.