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Soon to be a TV Series on AMC starring Pierce Brosnan and co-written by Philipp Meyer.
Now in paperback, the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling epic, a saga of land, blood, and power that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.
Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries.
Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive. Despite their torture and cruelty, Eli--against all odds--adapts to life with the Comanche, learning their ways, their language, taking on a new name, finding a place as the adopted son of the chief of the band, and fighting their wars against not only other Indians, but white men, too-complicating his sense of loyalty, his promised vengeance, and his very understanding of self. But when disease, starvation, and westward expansion finally decimate the Comanche, Eli is left alone in a world in which he belongs nowhere, neither white nor Indian, civilized or fully wild.
Deftly interweaving Eli’s story with those of his son, Peter, and his great-granddaughter, JA, The Son deftly explores the legacy of Eli’s ruthlessness, his drive to power, and his life-long status as an outsider, even as the McCullough family rises to become one of the richest in Texas, a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege.
Harrowing, panoramic, and deeply evocative, The Son is a fully realized masterwork in the greatest tradition of the American canon-an unforgettable novel that combines the narrative prowess of Larry McMurtry with the knife edge sharpness of Cormac McCarthy.
From Publishers Weekly
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Truly one of the great novels of the year. A cross between Lonesome Dove, Giant and Dallas. Transports you to another time and and place. Meyer is a remarkable writer. The writing is so personal and vivid that you literally embody his characters and feel their triumphs and tragedies.
Wonderful story that covers generations. I loved how the author began with the Wild West and interwove the story to modern times examining family dynamics, and how the bonds of family and loyalty can be questioned. Had a hard time putting it down.
This book includes a lot of history of Texas and the American west, condensed until it is confusing. The character of Eli McCullough was developed and his youth explained, but a lot left out between his kidnapping and becoming a cattle baron. Switching from one character in one generation to another in a different generation was confusing. I finished the book because I hate to buy a book and not finish it, otherwise I would have stopped reading after three chapters.