Meet Sam Duncan. Lawman. Soldier. Citizen. Hero.
Left alone after the death of his father, as the American West changes from a wild frontier to a more civilized place, where modern ideas of propriety replace ‘survival of the fittest’, Duncan finds himself an anachronism – once a hero, eventually despised by the very people he spends his life protecting.
The Texan is a tale of real people, of the real world of the American West, of the evolution of a nation and the transformation of one man. The story of a world where the bad guys don’t always wear black hats, where the good guys don’t always win.
Where an ordinary man can become a hero, and a hero can fall from grace.
This is not your grandfather’s Western.
This is life.
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Sam Duncan, a young man from San Antonio, Texas, has just lost his father as "The Texan" opens. On the day of the funeral the family shop is descended upon by Texas Rangers, re-provisioning frantically as they give chase to a band of marauding Comanche, and Sam is called upon to meet and aid several wounded Rangers who follow. The young man meets the Rangers, all but one dead or dying in the saddle, and feels the inexorable call to join up and leave his empty family home behind.
"The Texan" follows Sam Duncan as he journeys from inexperienced Ranger through guerilla fighter in the Civil War, leading men to harass Union forces outside of the sanction of the Army. He leads his men to the battle of Vicksburg, to disastrous results, and later forms unexpected friendships with Elroy Parsons, a young minister’s son with an unusual talent, and Frank Fisher, a ‘gentleman outlaw’ whose love of notoriety is both endearing and tragic.
His journey is spellbinding, and the characters that surround him throughout are filled with depth and authenticity and not a small amount of wit. There is Roy Parson, the preacher’s son turned gunslinger, Bannon, the despicable and dangerous army sergeant, Pem Phillips, the innocent, unfailingly loyal follower, and Mullins, the street-wise New Orleans river rat, and there is Frank Fisher, gentleman outlaw, good friend, occasional partner and constant amusement. There are Indian fights, gunfights and explosions, drunks and fools and insolent authority, and there is humor and despair and a backdrop that unfolds from Texas, through the battle of Vicksburg, through the Oklahoma territories and the changing West that Sam Duncan loves and hates all at the same time.
Kohler's skill as a storyteller gives readers a new kind of western - one that reflects real life, real people and a real love of the American West. This is not a book to miss!About the Author:
George Kohler, national columnist and author of "The Texan", was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1973. He spent most of his childhood in central Idaho, exploring old ghost towns and abandoned gold mines and listening to the tales of Lewis and Clark, Jim Bridger, Chief Joseph, and many other heroes and characters of western history. In this environment he developed a love for the American West, its history and legend, its fiction and the facts that were often times even more entertaining.
After graduating from high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kohler joined the United States Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman, serving in a cardiac ICU at Bethesda, Maryland and spending two years aboard an amphibious assault ship. He traveled the world in his medical capacity, including Somalia and Haiti during those brief conflicts.
Kohler returned to Michigan after the Navy, driving a truck over-the-road while he wrote his first novel. Writing while he waited for loads, reworking and editing in his spare time and on weekends, he finished the manuscript in just over three months. Looking back on that period now, Kohler says "Writing became more and more important to me, and driving quickly became a way to spend time fleshing out my characters and planning out the plot."
Now touring around the country to promote his book, Kohler still writes humor for several national trade magazines. "I’m the luckiest guy on earth" he enthuses. "I get to spend every day doing something I love. The best part is thinking I know just where the story is going and finding out that the characters surprise even me sometimes!"
Kohler lives in the Ann Arbor area now with his wife and children. Still driving occasionally to ‘keep his hand in’, he spends his days writing and his spare time hunting, camping and teaching two not-so small boys the joys of outdoor life.
His next novel, "LIBERATORS," is scheduled for release next year.
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Book Description El Paso City Books Llc, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0972951806