This novel of Borderlands violence and romance is an enjoyable read for anyone, especially those interested in Texana. The author, writing as if he is the main character, Andrew Nevin, gives a sense of authenticity in his first-person account. One could hardly miss parallels between an impending second war with Mexico following a Texas Ranger invasion into Mexico and the current war in Iraq. The consumption-ridden Texas Ranger, Captain McNelly, who is also a Baptist preacher, when home from his campaigns, believes he is on a crusade and that God is on his side, so whatever happens on the border will somehow turn out well. A young newspaper reporter and college-educated journalist from back East, Andrew Nevin is less complacent and vows to do all he can to stop the impending war.
Sullivan, James B., "Nevin's History: A Novel of Texas by Jim Sanderson (review)" (2005). History Faculty Publications and Presentations. 28.
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