This novel had detailed knowledge of native american culture and was also very entertaining, the characters were well developed and likeable, I would highly recommend this novel.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
This is an epic tale of the rise of a great Texas oil family, and so much more. I was spellbound throughout the entire reading.
It begins with a simple Texas frontier family be5ing all but destroyed by Camanchies. Young Eli McCullough is kidnapped at around 12 and must work his way into the Camamanche family. His story is as riveting, brutal and inspiring as any I have encountered.
If this story is as accurate in historical detail as I suspect, it exposes the way of Native Americans and Mexicans as every bit as ruthless and devastating as the US Government. If you are expecting a story of triumph you will be disappointed on every side. It is the story of only the strong surviving.
This book also exposed how little I really know about the history of Texas and Mexico and the taming of the West. It does so in the best way possible, whetting my appetite to learn more about what is perhaps the most exciting story in US history, including the civil war.
Eli's life as a warrior is harsh, heroic and surprisingly funny.
And then there is his son, his father's and the book's great disappointment. For me he is the perfect example of today's American conscience. He recognizes evil, yet refuses to stand up to it. He despises ill gotten gains, yet refuses to free himself from them. He wallows in self contempt.
And then there is a remarkable heroine, the grand daughter Jeanne. Like Eli, she finds herself abducted by a tribe of sorts, the only woman in a world run by men. And like her grandfather she fights her way through life.
Will Patton leads a strong crew of performers in a stellar performance.
Another easy 5 star experience.
The only thing missing was the genealogy chart in front of written edition but that makes one listen a second time.
All the Pretty Horses, Meridian, Lonesome Dove
Eli and Peter
No,though brutal at times and necessarily so. Especially interesting to this Texan.
The historical details and observations about life at different times in different cultures were most excellent. Should win an award for vocal performance and receive serious book award consideration; can't believe it's not best seller yet.
I just looked over the other reviews of this book and I am struck by how many people loved it, just a couple of reviewers had the same experience that I did. I was caught up right away by the story, thought it was going to be great and ordered a paper copy for a friend. I should have waited. Perhaps reading it wouldn't be as bad as listening to the reader who told the story from Peter's perspective. Whine whine whine! Even during the time in his life when he is supposedly happy he sounds whiney. I had hoped for a story more about Texas and less about relationships in this family. It seemed to me frequently to be written not from the actual history, but more from a politically correct point of view currently in fashion. This is not great literature or great performance, think twice before using your credit on this book.
Yes. Adding a plot would have been nice.
Meh. So what?
Eli McCullough - Will Patton is the best. But even he couldn't save this for me.
I really didn't like this. The author was obviously attempting to write part paean, part elegy for The American Empire - its roots and decline, but it just ended up hitting you over the head with this in a rather unsubtle way. For instance - the Comanche Chief with Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as the stuffing for his shield.
In the end I didn't care. The characters, with the exception of Peter, left me cold. There were no redeeming characteristics with which I could identify......
The male narrators were great, especially Patton, of whom I am a big fan.
I like her as an actress, but Mulgrew's voice really grates on the ears. I get that it suits Jeanne McCullough, but it is hard to listen to.
This took me ages to get through because I really didn't look forward to putting it back on the player....that's not usual for me.
Texas is a vast wild beautiful landscape, the courageous settlers and the brave Rangers who protected them are the foundation of the Republic and Meyers captures the myth and the legend in a haunting story. Will Patton is excellent.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This story of the west, and the men who settled there, taking it from the Indians and Mexicans is one of the most interesting, detailed accounts I've ever come across. Although a work of fiction, the historically accurate story follows several generations of one family, beginning when a young white boy is kidnapped and raised by a tribe of Indians . . . and continues up to current time. The settling of the west was not "Little House on the Prairie" by a long shot . . . Even now, after listening to THE SON, I'm not entirely sure that I like most of those who chose to tame the west . . . and sold their souls in the process. The almighty dollar, oil wells, and greed abound . . . yet there is a fierceness, a loyalty, a code that cannot be denied . . . you will have to listen for yourself . . . and decide who and what about this family that you respect . . . and in the end what is really worth the sacrifice.
The themes of sex, greed and power, expertly told.
Learning to live like Indians.
When he finally gets away from "women's work" and has the kids teach him hunting.
I wouldn't take any of them out to dinner. They are all way too larger than life to take to dinner.
This was one of the most realistic stories of the ol' West. Super!