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5.0 out of 5 stars Finest story of the Llano Estacado ever told!, 25 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Lords of the Plain: A Novel (Paperback)
In describing the history of the last major area of the U.S. to be settled, Crawford gives the best sense of how dangerous and forbidding the great Southern High Plains was to men limited to horse and foot travel. Fransisco Coronado mapped the area as the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains) because it is so flat and, at the time, devoid of trees, hills and other landmarks. He was forced to drive tall stakes in the ground from which to navigate. (Much as oil barrels are used to navigate the Sahara by jeep today.) The struggle of Col. Mackenzie to defeat the last of the warrior Indian tribes, opening up this vast section of Texas for settlement, while battling the political bureaucracy of the U.S. Army, is truly captivating. Beautiful prose, rythmic, musical descriptions of oceans of grass and strong characters combine to make great historical fiction.
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Lords of the Plain: A Novel by Max Crawford (Paperback - 1 Mar 1997)
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