In the spring of 1829 Will Bowman and Jeff Jefferson ride into a world of political unrest, hostile Indians and backbreaking work, but unlimited opportunity. This story explores the concept of freedom at two levels: Jeff’s personal account of slavery and freedom and the story of the Texans and their struggle against the tightening noose of despotism in the Mexican government. It also examines the effects of war from the very personal point of view of Texas families who are drawn into the conflict. Will and Jeff must not only protect their homes and families from the Comanches, they must now join the war for freedom to save Texas from the advancing Mexican army.
In such turbulent times, the bond of enduring friendship and loyalty between Will and Jeff and their families inspires a legacy that ties these families together for generations.
Dan Vanderburg is a proud sixth-generation Texan whose ancestors helped tame the frontier and develop Texas into an independent republic and then a state in the American Union. Thrilling stories about the early days in Texas gave Dan the spark to research early Texas. His research led him to write about those exciting times. Family stories and legends are frequently found woven into Dan’s novels. In addition to Mr. Vanderburg’s activities as a novelist and poet, he is an accomplished lecturer and trainer. He speaks for social, fraternal and business organizations, and for church groups and retirement homes. His presentations are titled, Gone to Texas. He discusses what life was really like on the raw frontier of early Texas and includes book reviews and signings. His training programs include How to Write Your Memoir and How to Develop a Read and Critique Group. He also offers book signings at historically themed festivals and fairs around the state of Texas.
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