Three decades after the first publication of Forrest Gump, Winston Groom returns to fiction with this sweeping American epic. Long fascinated with the Mexican Revolution and the vicious border wars of the early twentieth century, Winston Groom brings to life a much-forgotten period of history in this sprawling saga of heroism, injustice, and love. An episodic novel set in six parts, El Paso pits the legendary Pancho Villa, a much-feared outlaw and revolutionary, against a thrill-seeking railroad tycoon known as the Colonel, whose fading fortune is tied up in a colossal ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico. But when Villa kidnaps the Colonel's grandchildren in the midst of a cattle drive, and absconds into the Sierra Madre, the aging New England patriarch and his adopted son head to El Paso, hoping to find a group of cowboys brave enough to hunt the Generalissimo down. Replete with gunfights, daring escapes, and an unforgettable bullfight, El Paso, with its textured blend of history and legend, becomes an indelible portrait of the American Southwest in the waning days of the frontier.
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"Robertson Dean's rich, earthy voice makes him an ideal choice to narrate Groom's first work of fiction in three decades, a sweeping saga set in the Southwest and Mexico in the early twentieth century. Bandit/revolutionary Pancho Villa earns the ire of The Colonel, one of the rich gringos Villa despises, by kidnapping his two grandchildren. Dean is a skillful guide for listeners as Villa's bandits battle rival armies and multiple parties who aim to rescue the hostages. Dean's subtle shadings and accents enable listeners to easily differentiate among the novel's many, largely male, American, Mexican, and German characters. This satisfying ride through this territory shines a much-needed spotlight on this little-known area of history. D.E.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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