Seth and Isabelle Redmond leave the comforts of North Carolina to begin life anew on the frontier, joined by Brandy, the runaway slave they are harboring, and Elena Lopez, the Mexican woman who comes between them. 15,000 first printing.
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A western soap-opera that spans 23 years and moves from the brink of one disaster to another, related by an omniscient narrator, who tends to editorialize. In 1840, the Redmonds, immigrants from North Carolina, settle west of San Antonio. Wanting to breed and sell good horses, Seth Redmond is instead pressed into service as a Ranger to battle Indians, bandits, and comancheros, later invades Mexico with the US Army, then fights for the Confederacy, all while wife Isabelle and hired hands run the ranch and fight off Indians. Marital bliss for the longtime sweethearts ends when a Comanche rape results in Isabelle's pregnancy and causes a rift that threatens the marriage. It drives Seth into the arms of the beautiful Elena, a high-society Spaniard who spends most of her time eluding the pawing hands of grubby men. In fact, she's had to flee Mexico because she's being stalked by the villainous Yoquito Estavez, who has sworn to possess her. (Of Yoquito's ilk, the narrator tells us they ``were criminal to the core and lived by the morals of hyenas''). Seth's path crosses both Elena's and Yoquito's several times, as it does that of Blood Hawk, an insane Comanche determined to massacre the Redmond family. The real villain, however, is the frontier, which reduces everyone to the level of savage, even the women who bring the only civilizing influence. Ross (Beyond the Stars, 1990) juggles too many characters here to treat any of them in depth and never instills the novel with a feel for the land that would make it first-rate. Still, it's a good read and well-written, often with the touch of a romance writer. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
From the opening scene of rape and massacre as Comanche warriors sweep down on the Texas horse ranch of Isabelle and Seth Redmond, Ross ( Beyond the Stars ) dishes out unremitting carnage in this tale of the frontier West. Plot and character development give way to relentless bloodshed and stereotypes as Ross explores enmity and violence in the middle decades of the 19th century: Texas Rangers exterminate Comanche winter villages and wage battle with Mexicans; Mexican soldiers fight bandits; Apaches fight Comanches; Rangers fight bandits, etc. On the verge of being tortured to death because their men are away when the Comanches attack, Isabelle and the hired woman Inez are saved when Apache warriors arrive to kill the attackers, but as a result of the rape, Isabelle bears a half-breed son whom Seth refuses to acknowledge. Seth and Isabelle lead soap-opera lives during their struggle to hold onto their land; the rift that develops between them drives Seth into the arms of Elena Maria D'Valya, the well-born wife of a dissolute Mexican general and a woman coveted by a bandit chieftain. An Alamo-like siege by the Comanches on the Redmond ranch, now called Thunder Run, brings the hefty saga full-cirle and may well leave readers exhausted.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110671755137
Book Description Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0671755137 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1185749