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The Raiders

(1989)
(The second book in the Sons of Texas series)
A novel by

 
 
In 1816, Mordecai Lewis, a veteran of Andrew Jackson's Indian campaigns and battles against the British, moves his family into the western Tennessee canebrakes. But Mordecai, a born wanderer, is not satisfied with farming, and with his sons Michael and Andrew and some other backwoodsmen, he leads a foray into Spanish-held Texas to hunt wild horses and return the mustang herd to sell in Tennessee.
Crossing the Sabine River, Mordecai's party encounters a Spanish patrol determined to repel all American invaders. After a bloody skirmish leaves their father dead, Michael and Andrew find their way back to their Tennessee farm.
Five years later, after the Spanish government in Mexico City has agreed to permit 300 American families to settle in Texas, the Lewis brothers have their opportunity to re-enter Texas. They ride to the frontier town of Natchitoches, Louisiana, where Michael falls in love with Marie Villaret, daughter of a wealthy French landowner, then cross the Sabine to find Stephen F. Austin, a Missouri entrepreneur in charge of the new American colony.
But the Lewises are considered interlopers and horse thieves and are dogged by a patrol led by the same ruthless Spanish offer who killed their father five years before.
Sons of Texas is the first volume in a trilogy that follows the lives and adventures of the Lewis family through the era of the Alamo and Texas Independence under Sam Houston.

Genre: Western

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Hardback Editions

July 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Raiders: Sons of Texas
Author(s): Elmer Kelton
ISBN: 0-7862-8791-8 / 978-0-7862-8791-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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May 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Raiders: Sons of Texas
Author(s): Elmer Kelton
ISBN: 0-7653-1525-4 / 978-0-7653-1525-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Raiders: Sons of Texas
Author(s): Elmer Kelton
ISBN: 0-7653-4898-5 / 978-0-7653-4898-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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July 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Raiders: Sons of Texas
Author(s): Elmer Kelton
ISBN: 0-7653-8302-0 / 978-0-7653-8302-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
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December 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Raiders (Sons of Texas, Book Two)
Author(s): Tom Early
ISBN: 0-425-11874-6 / 978-0-425-11874-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Books
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Audio Editions

July 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sons of Texas 2 - Raiders (2 of 2)
Author(s): Elmer Kelton
ISBN: 1-59950-776-5 / 978-1-59950-776-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: GraphicAudio
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June 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sons of Texas 2 - Raiders (1 of 2)
Author(s): Elmer Kelton
ISBN: 1-59950-768-4 / 978-1-59950-768-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: GraphicAudio
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Kindle Editions

May 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Raiders: Sons of Texas
Author(s): Elmer Kelton
Publisher: Forge Books
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