In the aftermath of a bitter and bloody war for independence, Texans have finally claimed their freedom from Mexico - but they don't have much else to brag about.
Joshua Buckalew has left behind the deserted battlefields that claimed his brother Thomas. The war has cost him much, but it has also given him a strong bond to the land and to the Mexican families who stood with him against the tyrannies of Santa Anna.
Josh is travelling with Ramon Hernandez his best friend and the man who had fought with him, side by side. Where they are going, he isn't quite sure. His home is ashes - burned by either the retreating Texans or the advancing Mexican army - and the land is full of bandits and opportunists who would happily shoot Ramon simply because he is Mexican.
Exiles in the land they had fought to liberate, Josh and Ramon struggle to rebuild their lives After the Bugles.
©1995 Elmer Kelton (P)2016 Recorded Books
I am an avid eclectic reader.
When I started this book I had not realized it was the second book of a duo. The set is called “Texas Sunrise” and consists of two books “Massacre at Goliad” and “After the Bugles”.
“After the Bugles” continues where “The Massacre of Goliad” ends on the battlefield at San Jacinto. The stories are about two brothers, Thomas and Joshua Buckalew; Thomas is killed in the war and Joshua continues on home to rebuild the ranch accompanied by his best friend Ramon Hernandez. The three of them fought side by side for Texas’ Independence. Joshua attempts to put his life together after the war but finds starting over difficult. In trying to rebuild the ranch Joshua and Ramon have to deal with outlaws, Comanche, cheating opportunists and most of all racism against his Mexican friends. I recently read a book about the difficulty men had trying to return to “normal” life after the Civil War and this one is similar but deals with the Texas fight for independence.
The books are well written and as with all the Kelton books I have read the characters are colorful and well developed. The story is fast paced and packed with action; the plot is carefully thought out. Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was an award winning western author. Kelton did extensive research about the Texas Revolution and in particular the Massacre at Goliad. I enjoyed learning more about the history of Goliad.
Graham Winton does a good job narrating the story. Winton is an actor who also narrates audiobooks.
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