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By Winston Groom

Three many years after the 1st ebook of Forrest Gump, Winston Groom returns to fiction with this sweeping American epic.

Long eager about the Mexican Revolution and the vicious border wars of the early 20th century, best-selling writer Winston Groom brings to existence a much-forgotten interval of historical past during this episodic saga set in six elements. Pitting the mythical Pancho Villa opposed to “the Colonel,” a thrill-seeking Bostonian railroad rich person whose fading fortune is tied up in a huge ranch in Chihuahua, El Paso opens in the course of a time of dramatic upheaval in Mexico—its executive being squeezed on one finish through Villa’s revolutionaries and at the different by way of “filthy” American capitalists.

Content to monitor the struggle from aboard his astounding yacht, the Ajax, the Colonel is all at once pulled into this drama while his recognized Valle del Sol ranch is raided for almost “two million and a part money in red meat at the hoof.” Oblivious to the realities of battle and hoping to salvage his losses, the Colonel whisks his family members all the way down to Mexico the place they make a hectic discovery: it used to be Villa who not just stole the livestock but additionally murdered their loved ranch supervisor. Even worse, Villa’s henchmen abduct the Colonel’s grandchildren in one other bold raid simply days later.

Frantic, the getting older patriarch and his followed son race to El Paso, hoping to collect a gaggle of cowboys courageous adequate to seek down the generalissimo on his personal turf. because the determined Yankees quick research when they go back to Chihuahua, their deep wallet and political clout suggest subsequent to not anything in a crumbling state rife with communist sympathizers. After weeks of looking and with out hint of Villa, the Colonel fears all is lost—that is, until eventually a coincidence unites his social gathering with that of Johnny Ollas, an aspiring matador whose spouse has additionally been abducted via the marauding revolutionaries. Bloodied and battered, the 2 factions unite, galloping off on a rare manhunt via one of the most inhospitable terrain in the world: the gigantic and snake-ridden Sierra Madre.

The novel explodes into an epic as a rare solid of characters from either heritage and mind's eye start to emerge, all vying to get their palms at the ever-elusive Villa. yet it doesn't matter what prize every one participant eventually seeks, not anyone is left unscathed during this sprawling tale of heroism, injustice, and love. Replete with shootouts, bold escapes, and an unforgettable bullfight, El Paso brings to lifestyles a vital second in heritage and, within the strategy, turns into an indelible portrait of the yank Southwest within the ultimate days of the wild frontier.

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