Godfrey, Illinois (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
Tejanos have quietly distinguished themselves in the annals of American history and in the wars America participated in. Francisco Cordova, scion of several generations of Mexican families who hail from Texas (thus Tejanos), has the typical upbringing that most Western ranching men have, but it is uniquely Mexican in its traditions. He is someone who is physically courageous, courteous to all women, and an expert horseman. Francisco belongs to a line of Mexican horse whisperers, a ranching expertise that has recently seen popular consumption in a critically acclaimed Hollywood film. In Fred Valdez’s compelling new fiction, Francisco Cordova embodies the romance of the West set in an unusual but highly interesting setting: the modern world.
In “The Horseman That Fell from the Sky,” Fred Valdez finely etches the romantic portrait of a Tejano lad who grows up to be a fine American citizen and World War II hero–though, Valdez’s story, it must be said, is atypical of Western novels, it bridges the gap between typical settings and stock elements in Western cowboy stories during the West’s Golden Era to that of the modern age: Francisco Cordova, horseman and horse whisperer, has all the right virtues of cowboys but practices it in a twentieth century job (US Army Air Corps airman during World War II).
Francisco’s story further is given further depth, a maturity which Valdez carefully builds up into a classic Western adventure in German-occupied France. Best of all, Valdez’s story is a real original–and for its straightforward romanticism mixed with Texan brio and the ambiguities of the Mexican-American heart, this is a must read, especially for those who dream of the American Western’s resuscitation and advent into a new, ultra-modern literary stage.
For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.
The Horseman That Fell from the Sky * by Fred Valdez
Publication Date: September 20, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 335 pages; 978-1-4836-9448-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 335 pages; 978-1-4836-9449-8
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-9450-4
Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (812) 355-4079 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit http://www.Xlibris.com. To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.