High school football coach Nat Travis never expects to dive headlong into a mystery upon the death of his beloved 93-year-old grandfather, “Papa Joe” Travis, but the shocking secrets locked up in the old man’s life compel him forward. When Nat discovers facts that suggest Papa Joe was murdered, he enlists his former sister-in-law, Renee Travis, a college history professor, to help him unravel the clues behind the old man’s death.
Nat leans heavily on Renee to investigate his leads and during their journey awakens to his feelings for her. Along this road that hurtles them from Texas to New Orleans to Alabama, the duo encounter many colorful characters and soon uncover a direct ancestral tie between Nat and the lone male survivor of the Alamo, a slave named Joe. This connection pushes Nat and Renee onto a collision course with Papa Joe’s murderer, and a long lost secret that most thought died with Jim Bowie in the Alamo. Published by Trinity River Press.
“Dancing between past and present, the Alamo comes to life with the story behind a treasure and the search for it in Landon Wallace’s debut novel, Come and Take It. A ninety-three year old World War II war hero, Joe Travis, is murdered in his home by two intruders attempting to rob him of a mysterious family legacy—one only Joe Travis thought he knew about. At his grandfather’s funeral, Nat Travis is pulled aside by an old friend of Joe’s, Sergeant Anthony Ambrose, who enlightens him on some Travis family history and hints at a secret long held by Nat’s grandfather. What Nat and his brother’s ex-wife, Renee, uncover from there leads them on a dangerous search for answers, one where past and present converge, presenting itself alongside an unlikely romance.
Come and Take It is a wonderfully written story about love, loss, and both the history of a family and a nation. The adventure itself is riveting, but for me, it was the story of Joe the Slave and Landon Wallace’s portrayal of Texas’ days of yore that hooked me in. The characters are wholly authentic with dialogue that is natural and believable. Despite being fiction, Come and Take It unfolds before you, and even the nasty Kruger becomes a character you want to know more about. Aside from the history and mystery, there is also a love story afoot. With a less skilled writer the taboo attachment might come off as gaudy, but Wallace narrates with such compassion and delicate maneuvering, it is impossible not to root them on entirely. This book ticks all the boxes and is highly recommended to lovers of mystery, action, adventure, history, and romance.” ~ Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite
“Come and Take It is a rich blend of history, mystery, and fiction. The thrill of this book comes not from figuring out who the bad guy is (the author makes that clear from the beginning), but in figuring out the clues of the treasure’s location. Landon Wallace brings historical figures to life in an imaginative ‘what-if’ retelling of an epic time in Texas history. The peripheral characters are just as interesting as the main characters and add depth to the overall story. My only issue with this book was the ending seemed rushed, and I felt a little let down by it. Otherwise, Come and Take It is page turning read sure to appeal to a wide range of audiences.” ~ Tarina Speidel for San Francisco Book Review
“I loved this book! A fantastic adventure story, “Come and Take It” is well-written, historically founded and researched, and has characters that jump out of the pages at you. Author Landon Wallace sets the stage with a dying old WWII vet coughing out his last words which send his grandson Nat on a mission to unravel a lost treasure mystery dating back to the battle of the Alamo. Aided by the beautiful professor Renee, their search follows a trail of intriguing clues, and as they begin connecting the dots, Wallace masterfully seeds the story with just enough facts and historical relevance to keep the reader on edge.
With “Come and Take It,” Landon Wallace has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. It is an amazing read worthy of FIVE gold stars.” ~ Author Frank Scozzari
“The only thing I had a hard time doing with Come and Take It was putting it down. The weaving together of so many differences, of two eras so far apart, an unfamiliar (to me) piece of my country’s history and myself—all this and more kept me turning pages because I simply had to know what happened next, including the tumultuous ending to all of this that Nat and Renee find themselves facing. Even for those well-versed in Alamo and Texas history, this is a must read—for the flashbacks, the fleshed-out characters, the sure thing or the doubts even the “bad guys” have. This is history, mystery, politics, romance, genealogy, the re-visiting of legendary figures and those who grow up with these myths by their sides. Wallace presents the various effects this can have on those touched by all this and, in the process, touches us as we watch their struggles and victories, and once more are taken back to a piece of history that we never really left.” ~ Lisl Zlitni | Before Second Sleep – Read the full review here