El Paso

El Paso

Book - 2016
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After Pancho Villa, a feared outlaw and revolutionary, kidnaps a railroad tycoon known as the Colonel's grandchildren, he and his adopted son head to El Paso in hopes of finding men brave enough to hunt the criminal down.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781631492242
Branch Call Number: FIC Groo
Characteristics: 477 pages
Alternative Title: El Paso

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noltec
Aug 11, 2017

This book which has it all--love, loss, betrayal, intrigue, conflict, trigger-happy, powerful men, with some fascinating historical characters! Pancho Villa, General Patton, railroad tycoons, bull fighters, strong women, adorable children--so many twists and turns taking place in the wild west territories of Texas and Mexico. It is a bit long, and drags just a bit in places, but you'll want to keep traveling through to see what happens to these engaging characters.

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Rock_Shadow
Jan 09, 2017

Good story telling. Though not a historical fiction, the book introduces several historical characters and events from the early 20th century Mexican revolution, including fierce Pancho Villa and his revolutionary army. An adventuresome old industrialist Colonel Shaughnessy and his family become the reflection of the United States enterprising spirit, both for their (waning) wealth and their tenacity. The two men, Villa and Colonel, fight for what they value the most, and their fight is mostly close and personal.

The book did so well with story-telling that sent me to the library for follow up on the period's history, on both sides of the border. The male characters are better defined than the female ones, with none of them too deep. It's a cowboys, villains, and Indians wilderness saga that takes us to the deserts and the mountains of North Mexico. We are entertained by a few quirky characters and multitude of events, including bullfight and fiesta, but the ultimate winner is the landscape.

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