Reign of Valor has been a labor of love for many years. In 1968, at the age of fourteen, I first completed the work – which makes the novel one of the oldest if not the oldest time-travel adventure about the Alamo.
Now, I wasn’t born in Texas and while some might hold something against me writing a book about the Alamo – I don’t think the ones who fought and died would take offense of me telling their tale. The way I see it I am as much as a Texan as anyone else who believes in what was bore out from the fight for Texas Independence.
In knowing Colonel Travis’s immortal plea for the besieged defenders of the Alamo, he was calling out to every Texan and every American to come to their aid.
I felt then as I do today he was writing to me, telling me to hold to American values to stand up against those in peril and to come to their aid – never to let what they fought for disappear.
Of course I was too young to have fought at the Alamo, but at the tender age of fourteen I wished I could have stood at the defender’s side.
For me, as I began the book I was Martin, then Buddy, and a host of other characters that took shape in the novel as the writings became alive for me.
My hope is for everyone who reads Reign of Valor would back in their memory to their childhood and recall how daydreams could feel so real.
I have written a number of works in my life. Never have I enjoyed working on a story as much as Reign of Valor – frequently adding portions.
Starting at the age of fourteen, I have continued to shape the tale. Through the years I have carefully added new characters, weaving them into the history background. The newer Amazon version was completed in August 2014 – it replaced the white cover version.
Reign of Valor – Appearing in the condition of some ninety years before, the mission fort silently waited. It waited for the silent movie crew to be drawn to the actual place and time where history was about to take place.
About Reign of Valor:
Fate lends a hand in getting Martin, an old man, whose clothes are dirty and tattered into see a New York City literary agent. Initially, telling his story brings disbelief. However, the agent cannot deny the horrifying truth written within his uninvited guest’s eyes. His tale is about a 1928 silent movie crew that arrives at a proposed movie location in a secluded part of southern Texas.
He goes on to tell that shortly after their arrival, they find the year is no longer March 1928, but March 1836 instead. They had somehow appeared at the actual place and time where the battle was to take place. The mission fort had waited patiently for their arrival, appearing in the same condition it had been some ninety years before.
It waited for someone to record and declare the valor of all the brave defenders that were about to die. We had forgotten the life to death struggle of the men of the Alamo. He said that as of 1928, the siege of the Alamo was a little known sentence in the history books.
As strange as it might sound, what Martin was saying was true. Just because we know so much about the Alamo today, does not necessarily mean it was always so. The transformation of knowledge can take place in the slightest moment known to us. In truth, entire volumes of books can be written and rewritten within the appearance and then disappearance of a flash of a mere glitter of light.
With the heroics of the men of the Alamo now safely recorded for all to cherish, the task was completed. However, the movie crew did not bring that knowledge to light. Someone else completed the task.