Mexican War novel
On Sale: February 19, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Pairing extensive research with a brilliance for reviving
the past in gripping narrative, Spur Award-winning author
Mike Blakely has penned an epic, historical novelization of
the Mexican-American War in A Sinister Splendor
1845. Texas joins the union. Mexico threatens war over the
disputed Texas border. But much more than the Rio Grande
Valley lies at stake—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?
President James K. Polk sends troops the Texas border to
test Mexico’s appetite for war. General Zachary Taylor,
known as “Old Rough and Ready,” leads the invasion south. A
24-year-old lieutenant named Ulysses S. Grant gets his first
taste of battle. Texas Rangers John Coffee Hays and Sam
Walker expand their reputations as fearless fighting men. An
Irishman, John Riley, quits the U.S. Army—along with
hundreds of other mistreated immigrant soldiers—and forms a
Mexican battalion of U.S. deserters. Army laundress Sarah
Bowman is celebrated as a heroine on her way to becoming a
frontier legend. The infamous Mexican warlord, General
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, returns to power through
intrigue and political persuasion.
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. With a sinister
splendor two very different cultures clash in an epic
adventure of duty, patriotism and courage to the death.
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