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Adelsverein - Book 1: The Gathering (Book) - 10/9/2008 10:48:50 AM
In the 1840’s, an “aristocrat’s society” or “Adelsverein” formed for the purpose of bringing German immigrants into 19th century Texas. They offered land, houses, and a freer life than most had known in the reactionary and over-populated electorates of Northern Germany. Seven thousand settlers, some farmers, some craftsmen, accepted their offer. When they arrived after a grueling sea voyage, there were no houses, little food, no protection, and few supplies. There were, however, plenty of unfriendly Comanche and suspicious. So begins the first book of a trilogy, following the Steinmetz family through the hard work, tragedy, and steep learning curve that was the lot of these immigrants to this Texas frontier. Adelsverein is a fact-filled and dramatic fictionalization of the experiences of the hardy folk who founded Friedrichsburg, and a welcome addition to the growing list of regional historicals. The love story of strong-minded Magda Steinmetz and Carl “Dutch” Becker, a gun-totin’ survivor of the infamous Goliad Massacre, adds a bright thread of romantic interest. This enjoyable page turner is definitely recommended!

American Century Mass Cas (Article) - 9/15/2008 2:21:17 PM
Unique Interesting Done Good,i.e. Do You Call It Fate Or Will Of (God)... Knowing: You Never Know When Your Number (Time) Is Up! TRASK

Comancheria (Article) - 7/23/2008 4:47:35 PM
Interesting history. The novel Lonesome Dove must have come from a not overly romanticised version of some of these historic characters. Leland

The Ghost of South Presa Street (Article) - 7/10/2008 12:07:05 PM
Thank you for this trip to another era where life was slower but dangerous non-the-less. I've been to places like this in California. There are the ruins above Pasadena where the Red Trolly once traveled to. Standard Oil did away with the Red Car, one of the best public transit systems in America even by today's standards. You painted a vivid picture. Because of your words, I walked that path too. Since you have traveled to so many places in the world, I can only hope that there will be more printed vacations like this.

Mirror Image - Houston and Lincoln (Article) - 6/26/2008 10:02:25 AM
Enjoyed the article very much. Happy writing.

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