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Texas Rebel [Paperback]

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In 1862, after a hunting trip on the Staked Plains of West Texas, Yance Cummings returns home to find his bride murdered and his cabin burning. He suspected Commanche raiders of the crime. Yance and his friends track the war party across the plains and extract a terrible vengeance. With no home and no plans for the future, Yance agrees to accompany his friend, Mose Hartly and a small band of volunteers to join the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, in the fight for Southern independence. The book follows the adventures of the band as they fight in the major battles of the Civil war. It also examines the effects of the war on the soldiers as well as on the civilians caught in the path of the advancing armies.

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Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Washington House
ISBN  1931633878  
ISBN13  9781931633871  

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More About Robert E. Hollmann

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert E Hollmann is a practicing attorney. He was selected Best West Texas Author for 2005 for his first book in the Lonestar Legends series, Davy Crockett. Robert served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam as an infantry officer. He lives with his wife, Kathy, in Odessa, Texas. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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Not masterpiece, but a solid book  Aug 9, 2004
I rate this three stars partly because it has some flaws, and partly to balance the other two reviews given. No, it's not magnificent, but no, it's not the most horrible work of fiction ever written or "Louis Lamour at his worst". It's good. This is a good book. I don't think it aspired to be anything more than that in the first place.

It starts out well, giving a short history of the llano estacado and moving into a tragedy quickly. Although we're unconnected to the characters at this point, he does well making us care about them as he expands later in the book. There's some good action and the important thing about all of this is that I didn't find myself bored as I started reading. I won't go as far to say that it "grabs" the reader, but it definitely catches the attention.

There are some good characters introduced after this, and some very humorous lines and moments that had me literally laughing out loud. The author does well to balance action and humor throughout most of the book, but the part involving Mormon family was especially funny.

As the plot continues, a romantic interest is introduced and while I didn't particularly enjoy the romance of the book, I didn't feel bashed over the head with it. I understand it was probably necessary to get the female demographic interested, but I do feel it could have been sidelined more or left out entirely.

The back states that the author served in Vietnam and was awarded a number of medals an decorations including the Purple Heart. The sections that describe war stand out well proving I suppose that some things about it don't change no matter how much time goes by. No matter what the reasons for it, there doesn't seem to be anything glorious about war itself, or the consequences of it.

Now, the only real major flaws with this book were Lee's constant need to refer to the main character as "Texas." It wasn't a bad nickname but it was repeated so many times it got noticeably annoying. Also, there were a number of typos that passed into the published version, though that's more of a fault with the editor. The writing wasn't brilliant but it wasn't horrible. I wasn't awed by it, but except for the typos and Lee's "Texas"s I wasn't distracted. The descriptions were well done, the dialogue competent. Again, these are all reasons why this book is three stars.

In the end, this is a solid, entertaining book by a first time author. He'll certainly go on to write better an aim higher than this one, but this isn't a bad book. If you want a good read that will amuse you and hold your interest, but not necessarily make you question the finer points of existence, pick this one up.
ISBN 1-931633-87-8
"Texas Rebel" is a cheap imitation of Louis Lamour at his worst. It is an example of how somone with no talent can become published, using "Vanity Press". Nothing wrong with that, but how does he worm his way into favored treatment with bookstores?

He dares, not only to rewrite General Robert E. Lee's life, but history as well.

The publishing industry should police itself better.

"Texas Rebel" is a cheap imitation of Louis Lamour at his worst. It is an example of how somone with no talent can become published, using "Vanity Press". Nothing wrong with that, but how does he worm his way into favored treatment with bookstores?

He dares, not only to rewrite General Robert E. Lee's life, but history as well.

The publishing industry should police itself better.

Texas Rebel Rocks  Sep 25, 2003
This is a facinating book that brings you to a lifelike experience of a Texas man in his journey through life. It is a love story, and a war story. It is fictional, but realistic. From the plains of Texas to the battlefields of the Civil War, this journey is truly one of a kind. The twists, the turns, the interesting characters, all combine to create one fantastic read. I encourage all to explore the Wild West, the Civil War and read Texas Rebel by Robert E. Hollman.

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