Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History

The heart-stopping story of the fight for Texas by The New York Times bestselling author of George Washington's Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates.In his now-trademark style, Brian Kilmeade brings alive one of the most pivotal moments in American history, this time telling the heart-stopping story of America's fight for Texas. While the story of the...

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Title:Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History
Author:Brian Kilmeade
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Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History Reviews

  • Jim Brown

    Anyone my age grew up in the 50s and we all were well aware of the story of The Alamo, Davy Crocket, Jim Bowie and its many heroes. What I did not know was the history of incidents leading up to the Alamo and then following the defeat at the Alamo that all resulted in Texas winning its independence from Mexico. What I also didn’t realize until I read the book was that there were at least TWO Revolutionary Wars in America with the second being in Texas BEFORE it became part of America. Even so it

    Anyone my age grew up in the 50s and we all were well aware of the story of The Alamo, Davy Crocket, Jim Bowie and its many heroes. What I did not know was the history of incidents leading up to the Alamo and then following the defeat at the Alamo that all resulted in Texas winning its independence from Mexico. What I also didn’t realize until I read the book was that there were at least TWO Revolutionary Wars in America with the second being in Texas BEFORE it became part of America. Even so it was a Revolutionary War that was fought primarily by Americans from all parts of the south, east and north.

    We all know the story of The Alamo but as famed radio announcer Paul Harvey oftentimes said, “and now for the rest of the story!” This is the rest of the story about not only The Alamo but also the fight for Texas independence.

    I have read other books written by Brian Kilmeade and found them all to be very well written, well researched and held my interest and this book is no different. It is a history book, no doubt. It is also to some degree a graphic depiction of what happened at not only the Alamo in San Antonio but also the city of Goliad, Texas and the subsequent battle that lasted just 18 minutes that defeated the professional Mexican army led by Santa Anna. It is also a complementation of letters, discussions and speeches that redirected the birth of a nation – Texas. One of the things I was unaware of was the incivility demonstrated by El Presedente Santa Anna when it came to the outright murder of Americans taken prisoner during the war for independence.

    This is the story of a great many American heroes the least of which was Sam Houston and the politics involved at that time in the history of Texas. It is a book that I really could not put down. Some books take days, weeks and even months to read and digest; not this one! It is a great read that I highly recommend everyone read.

    Who should read this book? I would recommend it to everyone! It’s that good!

    Would I read it again? I doubt I would read it again but I would certainly look up references contained in the book.

    Would I give it as a gift? I definitely would!

  • John Walker

    Very well done history of the Texas Revolution that covers just about everything and more.

    Nice to see most of what we see in the Almo movies debunked. Travis and Bowie did not hate each other and their argument was confined between themselves, where they compromised in a joint command. Yes Tvis did complain about Bowie in a letter, but that's all.

    Fannin at Golaid gets the same treatment as most have portrayed him. General Urrea did his best to save the Goliad soldiers but Santa Anna got his way.

    Very well done history of the Texas Revolution that covers just about everything and more.

    Nice to see most of what we see in the Almo movies debunked. Travis and Bowie did not hate each other and their argument was confined between themselves, where they compromised in a joint command. Yes Tvis did complain about Bowie in a letter, but that's all.

    Fannin at Golaid gets the same treatment as most have portrayed him. General Urrea did his best to save the Goliad soldiers but Santa Anna got his way.

    The real hero of the entire Texas Revolution, to me has always been 'Deaf' Smith, Houston's scout and spy. Was more than [leased to see that Mr. Kilmeade agrees.

    Lastly there is Sam Houston, who rallied the troops, formed and army and waited for the best possible moment to strike Santa Anna at San Jacinto, a feat that only he could do.

    Quick read but packed full with facts. Highly recommended.

  • Neil McKinlay

    A must read for all lovers of liberty. Kilmeade skims off the cowardly patriot’s dross by placing us right in the action of freedom’s furnace. There we are beaten on the anvil of the example of Texas liberation: “God and Texas - Liberty or Death.” History shows that freedom comes only through acts of bravery. Just ask Jesus.

  • Clay Davis

    The diagrams in the book were not easy to make out.

  • Susan Coley

    Another great history book from Brian Kilmeade. Early reviews knocked him as a reader, but I love his narration. The more exciting the part, the faster he reads. Like Houston and Bowie, Kilmeade should have learned a little Spanish. That doesn’t distract from the great details put into the book. What a great pleasure to listen to this book and remember our great Texas history.

  • Gail Burgess

    Although I had visited the Alamo I never really understood the significance of it. I knew Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie had died there, but didn't really know why. It was great to learn more about what led up to the Alamo -- and maybe more importantly what followed it! I also enjoyed learning about all the folks who came to Texas to get their "second chance".

  • Cherie Gilmore

    Originally I gave this book 4 stars as the author makes this a fun dramatic story. I enjoy the details on the Texas Revolution trail, or events leading up to the Alamo.

    As usual Travis, Crockett, and Bowie are highlighted as defenders of the Alamo. I think it was a bit unfortunate that more time was not spend telling the story of the soldiers.

    Also, the Alamo eye witness accounts vary greatly. The author seems to pick the most popular theories of how Bowie and Crockett died. Theories I have

    Originally I gave this book 4 stars as the author makes this a fun dramatic story. I enjoy the details on the Texas Revolution trail, or events leading up to the Alamo.

    As usual Travis, Crockett, and Bowie are highlighted as defenders of the Alamo. I think it was a bit unfortunate that more time was not spend telling the story of the soldiers.

    Also, the Alamo eye witness accounts vary greatly. The author seems to pick the most popular theories of how Bowie and Crockett died. Theories I have heard or read include Crockett was captured and executed by swords. Or shot. Or died from a bayonet to the heart. Or he died fighting. First he was using his famous knife to stab Mexican soldiers as the entered a building. He was shot in his right arm and then used his left arm and rifle to club more soldiers. He was then hit with a bayonet in the heart. Or under his right eye. One eye witness said he was dead on the ground surrounded by dead Mexican soldiers with his famous hat laying next to him on the ground.

    By writing details that sound like proven fact in a book that should be non fiction is a mistake in my opinion.

    The story of the Alamo is both heartbreaking and inspiring. This book is heavy on the inspiring. Perhaps this book was meant for people who don’t usually enjoy nonfiction.

  • Larry Peninger

    The history of Texas and especially the The Alamo and its brave heroes is always fascinating. As always I try to read along with the audiobook. However the ebook was not available with the audiobook.

    To hear Brian Kilmeade murder the pronunciation of of most counties and rivers is hilarious. He did his homework as far as resources and research he might have gone a step further to the pronunciations correct.

    That does not take away from the book. This is a first rate book and should be read by

    The history of Texas and especially the The Alamo and its brave heroes is always fascinating. As always I try to read along with the audiobook. However the ebook was not available with the audiobook.

    To hear Brian Kilmeade murder the pronunciation of of most counties and rivers is hilarious. He did his homework as far as resources and research he might have gone a step further to the pronunciations correct.

    That does not take away from the book. This is a first rate book and should be read by all. Sam Houston a flawed man in his own right made up for it with bravery and leadership. After his first wife left and him abandoning his second wife and children he made Texas his life long mistress.

    I have not read any books on Sam Houston and really enjoyed my first. Thankfully my first focused on the battles which led to his successes. The stories did not include much if any time that he spent with the Cherokee Indians.

    Although with such a long career it is much easier to focus on a shorter period. And the Alamo is a great place to start.

    So enjoy!

  • Steve Hall

    Disappointing — this book comes across more as a school book report than a scholarly examination of the Alamo and its aftermath. It seemed Mr. Kilmeade watched the movie and then wrote a book. I paid $30 for this at an airport bookstore. What a mistake.

  • Jquick99

    DNF (it’s ok, I know the story).

    I just couldn’t keep on listening. The author dragged the story out too much. But my bigger “problem” was the lug who was the “Reader”. The Reader speaks as though he’s narrating a fight, or a machismo story...NOT smooth. And then he miss pronounces the key towns and rivers. It got to be so irritating...why don’t they educate the Reader as to how to say Refugio, or the Sabine, or ... so I looked to see who the Reader was. And it’s the author!!!

    This guy wrote a

    DNF (it’s ok, I know the story).

    I just couldn’t keep on listening. The author dragged the story out too much. But my bigger “problem” was the lug who was the “Reader”. The Reader speaks as though he’s narrating a fight, or a machismo story...NOT smooth. And then he miss pronounces the key towns and rivers. It got to be so irritating...why don’t they educate the Reader as to how to say Refugio, or the Sabine, or ... so I looked to see who the Reader was. And it’s the author!!!

    This guy wrote a book about Texas independence and the Alamo and apparently never talked to anyone about the events!

    I suggest to read a wiki article.

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