Joe Travis, a 93-year-old World War II hero, lives quietly at home in Brewton, AL, until one night, two professional thieves break into his house looking for a mysterious map. Joe dies to keep the map’s secret, which is somehow related to his slave ancestor—the only survivor of the Mexican Army’s attack on the Alamo in 1836. Joe’s grandson Nat, who coaches football at the local high school, is devastated by his beloved grandfather’s death, and joins forces with his estranged brother’s ex-wife Renee, a professor of American history, to track down the map and find out why Joe Travis had to die. The story whisks the reader along from Alabama to New Orleans to Texas on their quest for the lost treasure, during which they meet a cast of colorful characters and gradually discover romantic feelings for each other. History buffs and mystery lovers alike will enjoy the novel’s well-paced suspense and its flashbacks detailing the life of a slave, which provide some historical background without interrupting the narrative flow…Conspiracies, clues and discoveries abound, but the novel’s strength lies in its small scale; ultimately, it’s the story of a family rediscovering its history and identity. Nat’s quest for treasure leads him to find something of far greater value: his and his grandfather’s ties to family and friends…
Come and Take It – Search for the Treasure of the Alamo was published in April 2015 – before the state of Texas claimed management control over the Alamo. While the DRT’s struggles with the state had festered prior to that time, many scenes in my novel reveal trouble in this relationship that foreshadowed events that later played out in real time.
The same might be true for speculation about the location of the mythical treasure left behind by the slain heroes of the Alamo. Anyone searching for the undiscovered bounty hidden by the likes of Travis, Bowie and Crockett have sought whatever clues were hidden prior to Santa Anna’s attack. And most have wondered if Joe the slave or any of the handful of women spared by the Mexicans escaped San Antonio with this valuable information. Recent discoveries by the company doing restoration work on the Alamo as part of the state’s multi-million dollar renovation project suggest this may be the case. There appear to be dozens of undiscovered clues left behind by our Texas ancestors.
A series of graffiti paintings drawn by soldiers and other occupants of the Alamo offer insight into the men and women who lived, fought and died in the famous mission. These drawings contain messages and time capsules for scholars to interpret for many years to come. Will one of these new discoveries turn out to be a map? A trail? A coded message? The work at the Alamo has already revealed several formerly unknown borings in the façade of the mission that might have served as hiding places for any number of secrets. New information is being found every day.
The most incredible part of this story is that after almost 180 years, the Alamo still contains many mysteries. If you’re intrigued by all of this, one of the greatest secrets of the Alamo can be discovered in my novel Come and Take It. I hope you will read along and have fun searching for that elusive Alamo treasure.