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James Greene 

This is one of those rare books that restores one’s faith in humanity! When a man’s word stood as enough.

“That evening Jack called a halt at a particularly scenic spot. His mood was lighthearted, and his mood permeated the camp. He neglected his usual practice of ordering all of his horses brought close to him for the night.”

It contains a great plot line that could be made interesting by almost any adequate writer. Well, David Gross is not an adequate writer. He is a superb writer! The emotional attachment I felt to the Jack and his people was strong and almost immediate. It called to my mind the way I felt about Gus McCrae when I read Lonesome Dove. For anyone of you that has read that masterpiece, you will know what I mean about the appeal of Jack Hays as a fictionalized character.

When I first saw the cover of this novel, something told me this would be a novel that would remind me of how good stories held me intent and involved from childhood onward. This story captured my imagination. It enabled me to see places and people I had never before seen or experienced. There are bits of wisdom and puzzles to reflect on long after the reading is over. Everything I have always loved about Texan stories is here – and I want more. 

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 Between Covers These People of History Come To Life May 5, 2020
Looking for a book that emphasizes the story in history? A fascinating read that brings the personalities of the people who made history spring to life. Enjoy a novel about the American frontier in the state of Texas and learn about a larger than life leader named John Coffee Hays. This Defender of the Texas Frontier, and the brave men he led, played a major role in shaping the events of their times. This book is a description of these adventures. The historical details are intricately researched and presented in a very entertaining way. Almost all the characters in the book were real people and their true actions, sprinkled with an enjoyable and clever fictional literary license.

Readers are fortunate to witness the life and times of John Hays through the perspective of his fictional, close friend John Caperton. We begin with young John Hays as he fervently wishes to join the army in the state of Texas. He has to prove his value, as does his friend. It doesn’t take long for them to show their great capacity for learning and open minds to new ways. It’s fascinating to see the creative ways they learn how to survive in the elements and against their challenging combatants, first Native American tribes and later the Mexicans.

At the height of his effectiveness, John Hays commanded a skilled band of Texas Rangers. It was a group of men who remembered grievous, recent times at the Alamo, and the masacre at Goliad. They were determined to defend their families and homes. They trained continually together and became feared by those who opposed them and called them Los Diablos Tejanos – The Texas Devils. Their leader, John Hays’ reputation preceded him as he became known as Devil Jack.

In contrast to his disciplined army life and battles, there is also a tender description of his family life and wedding. This comprehensive story tells all of his life accomplishments, including a surprising turn after his time in the army.

Author David R. Gross is a retired Veterinarian, who also taught and did research at Texas A & M University; College of Veterinary Medicine for sixteen years. From his several, diverse books readers quickly realize his absolute love of telling a great story. You can find out more about the author and his other books and writings as well on his website.

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