Ghostly Bugles: A Novel of the Alamo (Paperback)

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Ghostly Bugles: A Novel of the Alamo (Paperback)


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Do the souls of the dead reach out from beyond the grave? Do echoes of the past resound through the ages? Are such insights a privilege or a curse? An old man grapples with these questions and his own mortality as he re-examines one of the most famous battles in history - the Alamo.

The 1836 siege and battle as well as current efforts to restore Alamo Plaza to hallowed ground and create a world-class attraction unfold as the old man tries to make sense of his memories, dreams, and perceived outreach by the dead whose souls cry out to him for inclusion and recognition. Beyond the myth and the legend are their stories as well as his own.

Ghostly Bugles is a fictional re-creation of the Alamo story, rich in historical detail with a unique paranormal element. The narrative combines elements of the traditional storyline with contemporary efforts to "Re-imagine the Alamo". The dual timelines balance our understanding of this world- renowned event and provide new perspective and appreciation for the courage and sacrifice of everyone involved - Texian and Tejano defenders, and Mexican soldiers.

MAX L. KNIGHT was born in Panama and grew up in the Canal Zone and in San Antonio, Texas where he and his wife Janet "Gray" currently reside. They have three grown children; Lisa, Brian, and Sean. Two of their other children, Max Lee and Brad, are deceased.Max is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in English. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Government from Campbell University.Max served twenty-four years in the United States Army (1973-1997) retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Afterwards, he spent five years (1998-2002) working at RCI Technologies in San Antonio, where he became the Director of Internal Operations. He became the first Alamo Docent in 2004, but the tragic events of 9/11 had already compelled him to reactivate his security clearance and, when the approval finally came through, he returned to work in support of U.S. Counterintelligence operations (2005-2013.) A stage IV throat cancer diagnosis in 2014 abruptly ended that phase of his life, and he turned to writing to help him get through the chemo, radiation, and surgeries. Max is currently cancer free.His first book, Silver Taps, a personal memoir of his relationship with his dad and his struggle to come to grips with his father's death from Alzheimer's disease, was published by Outskirts Press in 2015. His subsequent works, Palo Duro, a novel of the Plains Indian Wars, and Tarnished Brass, a novella about U.S. involvement in El Salvador's Civil War, were published by Page Publishing in 2016 and 2019. Max has also written book reviews for Lone Star Literary Life, a weekly publication dedicated to Texas authors and events. Ghostly Bugles is his first collaboration with Wild Lark Books.

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Product Details ISBN: 9781957864747
ISBN-10: 1957864745
Publisher: Wild Lark Books
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2023
Pages: 210
Language: English