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The Diezmo: A Novel by Rick Bass
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The Diezmo: A Novel

by Rick Bass

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    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (EnriqueFreeque)
    EnriqueFreeque: Another fantastic border blood bath (action taking place in the Alamo's aftermath) by a lesser known writer who, like McCarthy, extensively researched his topic & spent lots of time in the land he writes of.
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2 vote brone | Oct 12, 2009 |
Bass's fictional account of the absurd and disastrous Mier Expedition during the early years of the Republic of Texas, when Mexico under Santa Anna, Britain, and the US jostled with each other to control the young republic, is a parable about war, youth, and machismo that fits many contemporary events. The tale is told with simple language, without editorial comment, and thus heightens the overall emotional impact. It's not so much anti-war as it is anti-drug--in this case, war is the drug that inflames passion and short-sightedness. There can be good reasons to go to war, but often the reasons are more emotional, encouraged by the drug rather than reason. A fasinating read. ( )
1 vote kewing | Aug 17, 2009 |
A literary exploration into Historical Fiction about a raid into Mexico for revenge on bandits that raided Texas. The main character relates the story of their adventures, capture, escapes, and imprisonment. A wonderful read. Every time I pick up Rick Bass, I am left happy that I have read his work. ( )
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The Diezmo tells the incredible story of the Mier Expedition, one of the most absurd and tragic military adventures in the history of Texas -- a country and a state, as Rick Bass writes, that was "born in blood." In the early days of the Republic of Texas, two young men, wild for glory, impulsively volunteer for an expedition Sam Houston has ordered to patrol the Mexican border. But their dreams of triumph soon fade into prayers for survival, and all that is on their minds is getting home and having a cool drink of water. After being captured in a raid on the Mexican village of Mier, escaping, and being recaptured, the men of the expedition are punished with the terrible diezmo, in which one man in ten is randomly chosen to die. The survivors end up in the most dreaded prison in Mexico. There they become pawns in an international chess game to decide the fate of Texas, and with their hopes of release all but extinguished, they make one desperate, last-ditch effort to escape.

A great crossover book with appeal for high school students. It will also interest readers of westerns and historical fiction.

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"The Diezmo tells the story of the Mier Expedition, one of the most absurd and tragic military adventures in the history of Texas - a country and a state, as Rick Bass writes, that was "born in blood."" "In the early days of the Republic of Texas, two young men, wild for glory, impulsively volunteer for an expedition Sam Houston has ordered to patrol the Mexican border. But their dreams of triumph soon fade into prayers for survival, and all that is on their minds is getting home and having a cool drink of water. After being captured in a raid on the Mexican village of Mier, escaping, and being recaptured, the men of the expedition are punished with the terrible diezmo, in which one man in ten is randomly chosen to die. The survivors end up in the most dreaded prison in Mexico. There they become pawns in an international chess game to decide the fate of Texas, and with their hopes of release all but extinguished, they make one desperate, last-ditch effort to escape."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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