The award-winning epic of the American West that’s an adventure, a mystery, a thriller, and a love story.
"Presented with artful plausibility.... A thrilling historical drama, as engrossing as it is edifying." —Kirkus Reviews
1838. Silas Grant prepares for life with the girl of his dreams. The resourceful sixteen-year-old is learning the blacksmith trade from his father and frontier skills from Texas Revolution veterans. But when a portrait of David Crockett raises the possibility that the beloved folk hero didn’t die two years earlier, Silas joins a quest for the truth.
Exploring a world healing from the war, Silas and his fellow Texians investigate the accounts of Alamo survivors and pursue a witness to the battle's final moments. Their odyssey turns lethal as layers of the last stand’s mystery peel away to expose a shocking secret.
Will the revelation stun a nation or ignite a fatal showdown?
Rescuing Crockett is the gripping debut of the Silas Grant series set in the turbulent years of the Republic of Texas. If you like historical fiction in the tradition of Bernard Cornwell and Dorothy Dunnett, mystery thrillers in the tradition of Dan Brown and James Patterson, and westerns in the tradition of Larry McMurtry, Paulette Jiles, and Elmore Leonard, you’ll love David Z. Pyke’s tale of redemption.
"A remarkable historical novel.... All your senses are involved in the battles, the landscape, the emotions, and the intrigue.... The characters are well-fleshed out, as real as a Texas storm, and the propulsion of the storyline keeps one glued to the narrative until the very end." —The Historical Fiction Company
"The story moves fast, despite Pyke’s feel for immersive scenic detail and welcome commitment to historical plausibility." —BookLife by Publishers Weekly
"The historical details are rich and textured.... These felt so real, and the written visuals are almost cinematic in scope. There is a continued thread of tension and uncertainty throughout the novel." —Readers' Favorite
"I don't know a lick about Texas history.... but this book drove me to the history books.... the fictional characters are so well-developed that they read like flesh-and-bone real men and women.... There's a quiet strength to these characters - historic and fictional - that shows why men lay down their lives for a cause, how boys strive to become men of integrity, how you pick up the pieces of your live and somehow continue when it seems impossible.... The plot held my interest absolutely every step of the way, and the alternate universe of the book felt grounded and real. I can't recommend this book enough."
—Amazon VINE VOICE reviewer CrabbyPatty
"What a wonderful novel!... Mr. Pyke’s writing is a joy to read. We learn enough about the various characters to find them likable with kind, but implacable personalities. The book reads quickly, partially because the reader gets so involved in the story that it becomes obsessive. The dialogue among the men is very well done with little spots of humor interspersed.... I have always been fascinated with the story of the Alamo and the brave men who died there.... this book was a boon for me to find. I snatched it up right away. I will never forget it and will read it gladly again."
—Amazon VINE VOICE reviewer Tripower53
"A real page turner! I don't typically read Westerns, but the concept of this story had me intrigued so I decided to give it a go. And I am so glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The author's attention to detail had you hearing the shots and and screams of battle. I could almost smell the cooking. The story was I nice mixture of Western and thriller with well-researched and well written characters. You love these people like you've known them personally and you feel their joy and sadness. If you love historical fiction and adventure, you will love this book and be looking forward to the next one. I know I am."
—Amazon reader Don G. Burbank
"I LOVED this book. It was well written, and I wanted to know more about the characters as I read the story."
—Amazon reader Tricialy
"What a treat! Historical fiction always causes me to think 'what if' and this book took me there."
—Amazon reader KerryO
"The narrative kept me spellbound from beginning to end as the plot grew stronger with each passing chapter. The storyline culminated with a spectacular finish."
—Amazon reader Paul Falk
"An absolutely amazing read!! I loved this book!!! Absolutely true to the time period and the story is believable and fits in the current tone of scholarly study.... I thought it was a wonderful read and look forward to the next one!! Absolutely a highly recommended read."
—Amazon reader Lee Murray Brazos Booksellers
"This book paints a colorful and graphic analysis of life in the 1830s in the Republic of Texas as well as Mexico.... David Pyke paints a very illuminating picture of the battle and the subsequent aftermath in San Antonio. This alternative possible outcome is compelling. Enjoy!
—Amazon VINE VOICE reviewer V Williams
"Ghosts tell the tragic tale. Having recently settled in Texas an hour from the Alamo couldn't wait to visit. While there, one can almost here the whispers of the ghosts that surely are bound to the Alamo by the violent slaughter. The writer amplifies the whispers and allows the reader to hear the ghosts speak."
—Amazon reader Calinurseguy
"A thrill-a-minute historical romp. With a cast of well-rendered characters, Rescuing Crockett takes readers on a quest of discovery.... Instead of a historical retelling, I found myself pulled into a spy thriller that didn’t stop for a moment.... Bullets fly, intrigue abounds, and love blooms in this tale that defies easy classification..... The main character, Silas Grant, practically jumps off the page.... Pyke’s artistry is on full display from the first page to the last. With a magical mixture of fact and fiction, these Texians come to life. I enjoyed each page and look forward to Silas Grant’s future exploits."
—Amazon reader review from DJ88
"Reading this gave me a real sense of the day to day lives of these characters.... The characters are well-defined, empathetic, and engaging.... I was equally impressed with the quantity and quality of the female characters in the novel. So often, women, and their contributions, are omitted from history. From Emily, Silas’s love, to widows eking out a survival with no help from the Texas government, to a feud due a misunderstanding, the women in this novel are as appealing as the male characters. We see the impact the war had on the women and men in Texas."
—Goodreads review from Lynn Pope
"Mr. Pyke’s detailed descriptions bring to life the heroes of the Texas Revolution.... Mr. Pyke’s research, woven into the thrilling tale, takes readers on an unbelievable ride through realistic history in a wild, untamed environment from Texas to Mexico.... Fans of historical Texas fiction will enjoy the realistic dialogue and witty banter between characters, which makes the reading easy. The realism of the people, places, and events shows sides of life not always shown in history books."
—Goodreads review from Rox Burkey
"Amazing Story!! I so loved reading this story, it is my favorite one where they blend truth and fiction.... This is a new to me author, but I can’t wait to read more of his stories. If you keep writing them, Mr. Pyke, I will keep reading them.
—Apple Books reader Carolyn Valdez
"A winner. I certainly enjoyed this book. It captured my attention from the very beginning and held it throughout.... I highly recommend this book and hope it is very successful."
—Amazon reader Deacon Tom
"A great book full of history and fiction.... The love Emily and Silas had for each other was adorable. Hope the author writes more riveting books."
—Amazon reader coyotecactus
"I was invested in Silas and the rest of the cast, it was a great concept and worked well overall. I look forward to read more in this series and from the author."
—Amazon reader darkcatra
"When an alternate history book is so well written that you have to keep reminding yourself......this is fiction......you have to give it 5 stars."
—Goodreads review from Denice Langley
"A great read - excellent historical fiction with action, adventure, romance, and more.... I hope we will learn more about Silas and Emily in future installments!"
—Amazon reader Amazon Customer
"Absolutely loved this book! I look forward to reading more of his stories about Silas Grant in the future!"
—Amazon reader Pap
"Well researched, with a terrific story! I so enjoyed this "what-if" story of rescuing Dave Crockett after the Alamo attack."
—Amazon reader Prof
"It is surprising how many of the events are historical and woven together masterfully by Pyke."
—Amazon reader retired to read
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Rescuing Crockett is adult fiction containing mild profanity, consensual sexual situations, and some graphic violence.