Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Book Report: The Gates of The Alamo

I've never been a huge fan of historical fiction. Well, I must have been reading the wrong historical fiction because this year I've read some great books in the genre {eg., The Other Boleyn Girl, Pompeii}. Add to that list The Gates of the Alamo, by Stephen Harrigan.

I've been to the Alamo, and just about everything I knew about the battle I learned on that visit back when I was about 15.

The Gates of The Alamo tells the story from all viewpoints: not just the Alamo defenders like Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie, but also The Mexican General Santa Anna, a Mayan "witch", and elite soldiers in the Mexican army.

I'm still not sure how he did it, but Harrigan wrote a novel that kept me in suspense--even though I knew how it was going to end.

Beware though...the last hundred or so pages are really violent. I imagine they tell the story realistically.

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