Line Of Glory
A Novel of the Alamo
The final 13 hours at the Alamo began around 5 o’clock the afternoon of March 5, 1836. Colonel William Barrett Travis drew a line in the dirt with his sword and asked all those who would stay and fight to cross it. Everyone there knew that General Santa Anna’s final attack on the fort was coming soon.
Hopes, fears and destinies played out that night for four people.
Susannah Dickinson, a woman of surprising gumption, waited inside the Alamo chapel cradling her baby daughter, Angelina, while her husband, Captain Almeron Dickinson, commanded the cannon battery atop the chapel.
Young James Taylor came to the Alamo with his brothers, Edward and George. They joined the fight to free Texas from the tyrannical rule of Santa Anna. And once that was accomplished, James vowed to find Thomas Jefferson Chambers and make him pay for what he did to their father.
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“Moses” Rose, the one man who refused to cross the line Travis drew, left the Alamo in the dark of night because, he said, he “wasn’t prepared to die.”
Colonel Juan Morales, commanding the Mexican column ordered to assault Crockett and his men at the south palisade, believed attacking the Alamo to be a foolhardy waste of men. His idea was to wait for the heavy cannons to arrive and blast the weak north wall apart, or the wooden south palisade to pieces. But his real disgust was for Santa Anna, a man who allowed whims to dictate his decisions.
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Realistic Presentation of Both Sides of the Alamo Conflict
Clagett has effectively captured the realistic emotions of fear, anxiety, and frustration of the characters on both sides of the Alamo confrontation, Texan and Mexican. Famous participants, such as Davey Crockett, are present in the novel, but the focus is on how others might have experienced the hours before and during the battle. His fictionalized account is so vivid and authentic, readers should be prepared to anticipate lots of blood and gore. It is refreshing to read a book from perspectives of both antagonistic sides. Perhaps a lesson can be learned for current opposing perspectives in today's world. (5 out of 5 stars)Image already added
An easy read about an iconic American event.
Great read that looks at the siege of the Alamo from a completely different angle than most others; from the lesser-known participants. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (5 out of 5 stars)Image already added
5.0 out of 5 stars – Better written than most modern thrillers
I don't consider myself a reader of "westerns", but this novel really kept me interested. The action is better written than most modern thrillers.
The historical details about the Alamo kept the story going, instead of slowing it down. I'm going to check out the other books.Image already added
The depiction of the final assault is riveting
Award-winning author Thomas D. Clagett takes readers to the Alamo in 1836 in this well-researched historical novel told through the eyes of some lesser-known figures in the battle – on both sides. Everyone knows the story (and the ending), but Clagett manages to build tension and makes his characters, especially young defender James Taylor and Mexican Colonel Juan Morales, feel incredibly real. The depiction of the final assault is riveting, earning Clagett a place alongside novelists Paul Wellman, Steve Frazee and Stephen Harrigan for taking readers on memorable fictional journeys inside those storied walls.
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Line of Glory is a well written and well-paced read.
With all the Alamo tales already published over the past nearly two centuries, one wonders if another really serves a purpose. But Clagett (The Pursuit of Murieta, 2013) has done a masterful job of delving into the backstories of the characters involved, Texan and Mexican both. With little true, documented history to lean on and no survivors from the ranks of the fighting men to tell their stories, the interested history buff is left wondering. Clagett addresses that wondering. What does a fighting man say to his wife immediately before he steps out the door to face insurmountable odds? What does the wife say when she knows she will be a widow within minutes? What do three brothers do and say as they face certain death together? How does a man deal with his regrets when there is no time left? How does a man act when facing his execution? And how did the many individuals come to be there at all? Line of Glory is a well written and well-paced read.Image already added
Clagett presents people on both sides of the battle who were, perhaps, more important to the outcome
“While most Alamo authors focus on the well-known participants, Clagett presents people on both sides of the battle who were, perhaps, more important to the outcome: ordinary soldiers, unheralded officers, women, and children. We learn of their loves, hatreds, hopes, and the glory (and dishonor) they earn as the battle begins and ends.”
His fast-paced narrative is so rousing and memorable that the reader will never forget the Alamo!
“The story of the Alamo has long been lost in the mist of legend, but Thomas Clagett brings it to life in his gripping novel. Making good use of historical sources he presents how history may well have been and puts flesh and blood on the men and women, both Texan and Mexican, who fought in that storied battle. His fast-paced narrative is so rousing and memorable that the reader will never forget the Alamo!”
Tom has always had a love of the West, of film and of writing. Born and raised in San Diego, California, he attended the University of Southern California. He spent more than twenty years in Hollywood working as an assistant film editor, as well as freelance writing. Devoting himself to writing historical fiction full-time, he and his wife Marilyn moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they adopted their cat, Cody, whom they are home schooling with great success.