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The Baron war
Sherman, Jory.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tom Doherty Associates book, [2002]

Physical Description:
318 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Forge Book"--T.p. verso
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X Adult Fiction Western

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In an eerie preview to the Civil War, the Rio Grande Valley girds itself for battle as Martin Baron, head of the Baron family empire, struggles against greedy Matteo Aguilar, who threatens everything that Martin has built for himself.When Aguilar sends his vaqueros and assassins to take the Barons down, he starts a bloody war that won't stop until one of them is dead. As the treachery continues to escalate, the Barons find themselves in a life-or-death-struggle that will change an entire family and an entire region forever.

Author Notes

Jory Sherman was born in Minnesota and grew up in West Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado. He was a magazine editor for a time and had some of his work published, including some poetry, short stories and articles.

Sherman had a friend who owned a publishing company and asked him to write a novel for the company. From that offer came five more novels, all written in one year. He wrote the supernatural mystery series, "Chill," which was somewhat revolutionary for the times, but which earned him an eight book contract. He then came up with the idea for "Rivers West," a series which had each book written by a different western author. Then came the "Baron Saga," the first of which was "Grass Kingdom" which earned Sherman a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters. Sherman has also won the Spur Award for his contribution to Western Literature.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in the lawless Texas landscape, this latest installment in Sherman's Baron series (after The Baron Brand) reaches a watershed on the eve of the Civil War. Grieving the shameful death of his wife, Caroline, estranged patriarch Martin Baron must mend fences with his son, Anson the new owner of the family's Box B Ranch in order to face a deadly threat from a fractious neighbor, Matteo Aguilar. Martin bought the Box B land from Aguilar's family, and Matteo is determined to take it back by force; the feud intensifies as Martin discovers his wife's death is linked to Aguilar family actions. Ruthless opportunist Jules Reynaud, still smarting from Martin's breakup of an illegal slave deal, joins forces with Matteo, while an Apache Indian and former Box B hand, Mickey Bone, equivocates. A boyhood mentor for Anson, Bone has returned from exile with a new wife and baby, but he is not sure where his loyalties lie. Martin gets support from other locals, from a lone Texas Ranger trying to recruit him and from neighbor Roy Killian, who is desperately trying to escape the romantic intentions of wealthy Wanda Fancher, her nagging mother, his own mother and her new husband, all of whom now fill his small ranch house. Spur Award-winner Sherman explores character relationships in true family saga style, then leads the frontier folk into an inevitable, bloody shoot-'em-up, leaving loose ends for future installments to tie up. Strong female characters and plenty of romance could help this title bridge the western gender gap. Agent, Peter Matson. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved