In this novel, first published by Doubleday in 1985, Texas novelist Elmer Kelton returns to the Civil War period, once again examining, as he first did in Texas Rifles, the effect of the war on Texans at home. Even while the conflict raged to the east, several groups of Texan Union loyalists hid out across the state, trying to avoid the anger and violence of the confederatIn this novel, first published by Doubleday in 1985, Texas novelist Elmer Kelton returns to the Civil War period, once again examining, as he first did in Texas Rifles, the effect of the war on Texans at home. Even while the conflict raged to the east, several groups of Texan Union loyalists hid out across the state, trying to avoid the anger and violence of the confederate-sympathizing “home guard.”Kelton bases this story on a group who lived in a then-huge thicket on the Colorado River near present-day Columbus, although the characters, incidents and town of the book are of Kelton’s invention. As he always says, fiction writers are liars and thieves. Owen Danforth, a wounded Confederate soldier, comes home to Texas to recover, intending to return to his regiment. His family is torn apart by the war—two brothers dead, one uncle, a Union sympathizer, shot in the back by the home guard. His father—also a Unionist—hides out in the thicket with his remaining family because the home guard, led by “Captain” Phineas Shattuck, has sworn revenge on the Danforth clan. Torn between duty and family loyalty, Owen Danforth faces difficult decisions until a violent encounter leaves him only one choice....
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Good western of young confederate returning to Texas wounded, hoping to get better so he can rejoin his company. He finds his home in Texas under siege from the "home guard" who are using the war as an opportunity to steal land. The young soldier gets drawn into this struggle even though it might be considered treasoness. Of course he stops the n'er-do-wells and finds a right purty girl to fall in love with. If you haven't read Kelton you should. He's the best.
Elmer Kelton wrote so well that I never feel like I am reading a genre novel when I read his westerns. This one is set in Texas at the end of the Civil War when everyone was still testy about which side they were on. Kelton paints a good picture of how difficult it would have been to live in this time period. Most enjoyable.
A small paperback book that can be read in an afternoon; just the right size to stow in a travel bag. This story is about the war between the north and south for people in the small towns and on their ranches in Texas. Owen goes off to fight for the south but his father and others are for the north. He is wounded and goes home on sick leave, only to find that bad guys have their own ideas about taking over under the guise of being union sympathizers. Would make a good movie.
The protagonist was foolish to the point of endangering everyone around him and seemed to not be able to help himself from making more trouble for everyone in the area than was necessary or even believable.
Love Kelton's books.
As usual the author Elmer Kelton turns in a good story. He was voted one of the best Western writers ever. In some ways I agree and in some ways I don't, as I would probably give the edge to another famous author Louis Lamour. No doubt Kelton can spin a good yarn, but after reading many of his books, they all seem to be somewhat familar. This one is no different with the setting taking place in Texas, during the civil war nearing towards it's end, and involving a young soldier Owen Danforth. Owen finds himself caught in a quandry, involving his duty with the Confederates, and his family/friends who are dividied with the war. Probably a typical dilema back in those days during the civil war when brother fought against brother. As most of Kelton's stories it is a quick read and not without suspense and did find the pages going by quickly. I would have rated it higher had it not been for the familiarity of which he writes, almost seemed as if I had read it before, almost knowing how it would end.
A good stand alone western/historical novel as only Elmer Kelton can write them. Late in the War Between the States , Owen Danforth, a young Rebel veteran, returns home to East Texas to recuperate from a battle wound. He finds his father and uncle, both of whom remained loyal to the Union, beset by villanous Confederate "home guards" who never served and are out to steal their farms and livestock before the war ends, killing his kinfolks if necessary. Does Owen stand with his family, even if it means being accused of desertion and treason?
Owen Danforth is wounded fighting for the Confederacy and is sent home to recuperate. A former pig thief who now comands the home guard confiscates his horse. and is trying to destroy all the unionist in the area of East Texas. Owen's father and uncle are unionist who aid Confederate deserters. Despite his best intentions Owen is drawn into the conflict as he rescues a uniionist girl and her mother.