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Forty Grains Of Black Powder: Book One Of Tierra del Oro by RLB Hartmann

Forty Grains of Black Powder begins the Cordero saga with a son’s quest for revenge and freedom. Growing up surrounded by finery and lies, Ramón Cordero discovers a secret that will change his life, and that of generations to come.

From The Author: Forty Grains of Black Powder began with a trio of coincidences: a magazine from the past which contained 2 unrelated articles that became the basis for plot points that included murder and motive; a chance statement from a man dressed in black which gave me the title; and, inside my head, the image and voice of a greedy hacendado who hired a gunman to kill a young man he called “Trouble.” This is Book 1 in what eventually became The Cordero Saga, a story of Mexico in 9 novels.

From The Back Cover: Sonora Mexico in the 19th century was a beautiful yet dangerous land. Only the strong survived. When aristocratic Marieta discovers her bandit husband’s grim secret, no one is safe.

Growing up in a household filled with mystery and hate, young Ramón sets out of a quest for revenge and freedom. TIERRA DEL ORO – one story…one family…one continuing adventure

Review by John W. Parker: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A Fast-Paced Page Turner! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel, and am looking forward to reading the other eight books in this series. RLB Hartmann’s novel is fast-paced, a real page turner. It was hard to put down.

My favorite character was “Trouble” (Ramon). Like all the characters in this novel, he was easy to visualize, and I enjoyed watching him become more mature as the story progressed.

The Don is a classic villain. I had a clear picture in my mind of how he looks and behaves. I did not expect his character to arc in any way, and that’s all I’m going to say, as I don’t wish to give anything away, but I will say that even the most-evil characters can sometimes surprise us.

I have to confess that when Trouble decides to blow up the hacienda, I was all for it, and was both shocked and elated at the outcome. Without giving too much away, things didn’t go exactly as planned, but then does anything ever go exactly as planned?

I’m now nearing the end of the second volume, and I would say that if anything, the story is getting better as it evolves.

Kudos, RLB Hartmann. You’ve done a splendid job. I look forward to reading all your work.

Review by Amazon Customer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Best Western novels since Zane Grey.Book One of the TIERRA DEL ORO series, FORTY GRAINS OF BLACK POWDER, is one of the best books I have read recently. RLB. Hartmann’s description of the novel’s settings causes the reader to smell the dusty desert earth, feel the warm breezes, experience the hard climbs over the rocky mountain terrain, and revel along with the characters in their festivals to celebrate love and life. Ms. Hartmann’s character development is flawless and the plot of the novel in complex enough to hold the reader’s interest. As we journey with Ramon, we are reminded of the importance of belonging, family, and self-worth. Not since Zane Grey have, I enjoyed Western novels so much, but if you are not a typical fan of Westerns, don’t worry because this novel has something for everyone. It is a love story, an adventure tale, and a psychological study of relationships. You’ll love it. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite: 5 Stars. Forty Grains of Black Powder is a generational saga about a fictional mestizo family in Mexico. It is book one in the tale of the Cordero Clan. The story starts in 1862 when the young Marietta, the mother of the protagonist, spots a handsome stranger and falls in love. She is, typically, a sheltered young Spanish girl from a cultured family. The man woos her with kindness and promises, but after the marriage she finds it’s all a lie. Marrying Luis will be the greatest mistake of her life, and RLB Hartmann writes it with such detail and realism that you feel it must be a mistake countless innocent young girls from every culture on Earth have made. Marietta’s choice will embroil her, her son, and apparently generations to come in a web of murder, deceit, treasure, and love.As I write this review, the phrases “high drama” and “great literature” keep popping into my mind. I guess time and the opinions of readers will decide which category Forty Grains of Black Powder will ultimately fall under. RLB Hartmann writes with too strong a sense of place and attention to detail for the story of Trouble, the young protagonist, to be taken lightly. There are so many dramatic incidents in Forty Grains of Black Powder that it would be easy at first glance to write it off as a soap opera, but the powerful, insightful look into the lives of the characters in this era seems just too realistic to be soap. I think this may be “great literature.”

Product Details:
Book One of Tierra del Oro Series
Paperback: 262 Pages
Publisher: Catawba River Press (May 25, 2011)
Language: English

  • Global Library: Hispanic American (Literature & Fiction)
  • Global Library: Magic (Magical Realism)
  • Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age)
  • Global Library: Western (Hispanic American)
  • Global Library: Cultural Heritage (Hispanic American)

Amazon Print:
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Legend Of The Sierra Madre: Book Two Of Tierra del Oro by RLB Hartmann

A young man’s longing for peace turns into a search for love, an adventurous mustang hunt turns into a quest for treasure, and friends are not what they seem.

From The Author: Legend of the Sierra Madre is the second book in a continuing story, taking Trouble into the mountains on a wild mustang hunt that could seal his destiny–one way or another.

From The Back Cover: “Trouble” Cordero returns to Los Pobres seeking peace but discovers a girl living in his house, and men chosen to save his life in Book 1 might be the very ones to take it.

About The Author: Readers can find out much about my writer’s journey by visiting my Facebook pages, my You Tube videos (look for The Cordero Saga), and my website.

Product Details:
Book Two of Tierra del Oro Series
Publisher: Catawba River Press (August 14, 2011)
Language: English

  • Global Library: Hispanic American (Literature & Fiction)
  • Global Library: Magic (Magical Realism)
  • Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age)
  • Global Library: Western (Hispanic American)
  • Global Library: Cultural Heritage (Hispanic American)

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Los Pobres: Book Three Of Tierra del Oro by RLB Hartmann

Newlywed “Trouble” Cordero answers the call of a friend seeking help. On a trip to Casa Vasquez to meet his padrinos, Trouble’s young son Ramón discovers the key to his future.

From The Author: Los Pobres once was a part of what became book 4, but growing up in his father’s casita with a stepfather deserved a volume apart from his discoveries in La Puerta del Sol.

From The Back Cover: Ramon had a dream to follow, but had no idea where that quest would lead him. He knew only that Mama’s marriage to Francisco brought discord to their home and was driving him away.

About The Author: My maternal grandmother “Mawie” told me stories, and I listened and imagined. Imagination coupled with historical events creates a world apart that is as real as the one we live in.

Review by Amazon Customer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars.In the third book in RLB Hartmann’s TIERRA DEL ORA saga, LOS POBRES, I have met a new friend in Ramon. Ms. Hartmann’s character development is right on target as the reader sees things through the eyes of the little boy as he grows to manhood. I was particularly pleased with the reintroduction of Manuelo and Sofia in this novel and the integral part they play in Ramon’s discovery of Haciendo de Panadero. This third book sinks its hooks into the reader just as the lure of great wealth sinks into Ramon’s heart. Like Ramon, I was not too happy with Francisco, but as a realist, I recognize the important role he plays for Ramon and Jenny. Because I can hardly wait to join Ramon on his new and exciting journey, I am ordering the rest of the saga today!

Review by Peter Marinacci: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Mexican Gold. Book three in the Tierra del Oro saga begins ten years after the end of book two. We learn that Trouble, the main protagonist in the previous stories, married Jenny and their life was relatively blissful. But when Trouble’s friend Francisco convinced him to go searching for the local priest who had gone missing, fate intervened. They find the priest, but he has gone mad and unexpectedly ends up killing Trouble. This event changes the course and focus of the story, and Jenny’s life is irrevocably altered. After having Trouble’s baby, she lives in virtual isolation raising her son. Named Ramon after his father, Jenny keeps him sheltered and away from other kids and away from the nearby village. When Ramon is nine Jenny takes him to meet some old friends of Trouble, and this opens up a new world for him. He meets a friend his own age and they explore the old ruins of his grandfather’s casita. Ramon knew of the rumors of his grandfather’s lost treasure, and when he finds a secret map, he dreams of finding the legendary stash of gold.

Product Details:
Book Three of Tierra del Oro Series
Paperback: 262 Pages
Publisher: Catawba River Press (November 14, 2011)
Language: English

  • Global Library: Hispanic American (Literature & Fiction)
  • Global Library: Magic (Magical Realism)
  • Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age)
  • Global Library: Western (Hispanic American)
  • Global Library: Cultural Heritage (Hispanic American)

Amazon Print:
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La Puerta del Sol: Book Four Of Tierra del Oro by RLB Hartmann

When strife with his stepfather reaches the breaking point, young Ramón Cordero decides it’s time to follow his bandit grandfather’s map, recover the legendary treasure, and prove himself worthy of respect. In La Puerta del Sol, he finds Serafina, painter of miracles. Youthful dreams of treasure give way to new and dangerous passions.

About The Author: Things I like, in no particular order: film, books, painting, people, nature, cats. Obsessions: Mexico in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Review by Lynda Garibaldi: A tragic romance or the greatest love ever known? Likes: 1. Passionate love from the beginning, locking eyes when first seeing each other across a crowded street. 2. Another lover pursuing the same woman, always in the background, waiting for his chance to move in. 3. The crumpled paper of a lost treasure tossed into the fire, an old enemy picking it up. 4. Hallucinations while lost in the mountains about a beloved lost father. 5. The unveiling of the portrait that broke the bond beyond repair, forever. Dislike: That the story ending, or did it? No, Wait! Another book picks up the story from here. The reader wants to read more about what happens to the people in the story, what will happen next?

Review by Plein Page Inkster: Ramon Grows Up. This fourth book takes us with Ramon to the town where his father, whom he never knew, was murdered. Though young, 16 almost 17 years, and wholly inexperienced with very little work ethic, you still admire his grit in setting out to find answers for gaps in his father’s history.At times I felt like it was “Trouble” reprise, with Ramon making some of the same mistakes his father had—following passion over sense for instance— but in the end, I thought it illustrated “the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” People are mixtures of their parents and grandparents whether they knew them or not.Also, this story illustrates the impetuousness of youth drawing quick conclusions and jumping at quick solutions. How easily persuaded (or deterred) is a young man who doesn’t have the self-discipline wrought by an effective parent. On the other hand, with the main woman character—there is no fool like an old fool—or at least an older one. She mishandles the situation terribly and realizes her mistakes too late. So true to life. I like that—no soft endings, but very realistic ones.

Product Details:
Book Four of Tierra del Oro Series
Paperback: 262 Pages
Publisher: Catawba River Press (February 13, 2012)
Language: English

  • Global Library: Hispanic American (Literature & Fiction)
  • Global Library: Magic (Magical Realism)
  • Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age)
  • Global Library: Western (Hispanic American)
  • Global Library: Cultural Heritage (Hispanic American)

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A Lion Against The Wind: Book Five Of Tierra del Oro by RLB Hartmann

A Lion Against the Wind (1903 – 1913) follows the journeys of lovers who have parted badly. Serafina sets out across the highlands with her two sons in search of Ramón.

About The Author: My life is scattered in bits and pieces at various social media and writers’ hangouts, and on my website.

Review by Peter Marinacci: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. The Mexican Revolution begins!A Lion Against The Wind is the fifth book in RLB’s engrossing Tierra del Oro saga. The story takes place in northern Mexico during the first decade of the twentieth century.Back in his old village of Los Pobres, Ramon settles down. He romances and eventually marries Anita, and they have a son, Sereno. Meanwhile Ramon’s old girlfriend, Serafina, has married Pablo, her former suitor. She soon gives birth to a son, Domingo, who in reality was fathered by Ramon. Another son, Teo, follows.Just as things are beginning to go well for the main characters, the Mexican revolution sweeps through the country and changes everything.Pablo disappears without a trace and is never heard from again. Anita and Sereno are kidnapped and end up as captives of a general in a remote village. With his family missing, Ramon joins the rebels and goes to war. The story ends with a cliffhanger, so we’re not really sure of the fate of the characters.As with the other volumes in this saga, the sense of time and place is very vivid. Details of their lives, the towns that they live in, and the food that they eat all contribute greatly to making the story come to life.The plot is compelling and there is enough action, both physical and emotional, to keep the reader involved. The narrative switches back and forth between the protagonists, so there is always something interesting going on. The characters have depth and resonance and their lives extend beyond the confines of the story. I look forward to the next installment in this series to find out what becomes of these characters.

Review by Plein Page Inkster: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. The Pace Quickens.In this installment the pace indeed quickens. Ramon marries, but not to whom you think. Anita is a new character and marks a time when Ramon truly grows up. He seemed to be following in the footsteps of Trouble, “love’em and leave’em”, but in this book he demonstrates a thoughtfulness and maturity that his father had yet to achieve at the time of his death.Peace doesn’t last long with the civil wars and revolution that raged Mexico during the time of Pancho Villa. If you haven’t read about this period, this book should give you the thirst to find out more. The confusion among the book’s characters of who was “good” and who was “bad” is so true to life when people are trying to figure out the politics of the day—whom to trust and which party/faction with which to ally. Read the book and then pursue the histories. This author has done a lot of research into this era of upheaval. My only complaint is the sudden break at the end “to be continued” and like a previous reviewer, I wish the author had given us a glimpse into Anita’s situation. However, that might be part the hook to get the next installment to find out.

Product Details:
Book Five of Tierra del Oro Series
Paperback: 305 Pages
Publisher: Catawba River Press (April 14, 2012)
Language: English

  • Global Library: Hispanic American (Literature & Fiction)
  • Global Library: Magic (Magical Realism)
  • Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age)
  • Global Library: Western (Hispanic American)
  • Global Library: Cultural Heritage (Hispanic American)

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Bitter Victory: Book Six Of Tierra del Oro by RLB Hartmann

Serafina and her boys continue their arduous journey across the highlands of Mexico, in search of Ramón. Destino brings them together in a way neither anticipated.

About The Author: My serious writing started at a small desk against the wall of our farmhouse kitchen, just after I received my first typewriter, a Smith-Corona portable manual that must have cost my parents far more than I was worth at the time.

Review by Lynda Garibaldi: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Families are torn apart during wartime. Will the ever see each other again?In Bitter Victory, Book Six of the Cordera Saga, we find families torn apart during wartime. Husbands disappear from their homes, loved ones are taken away by enemies, and children try to survive as they search for parents. Childhood friends who have joined the fighting are wounded or killed. Homes are plundered and destroyed; buildings and towns battered by both armies are barely recognizable. All that made life worth living is gone in a flash. Yet in the midst of chaos, death, and destruction, there is still hope.A few quotes from this riveting novel:”Still on the platform, she could see over the heads of those gathered, and men riding the flatcars saw her, for several turned for a better look. One of them was Ramon.”“For the first time in months, he let himself think of his family. There was the smallest of chances that either still lived.””Every day, deaths from smallpox claimed those unprotected by the vaccine.””I must get back to Culiacan, to Major Cordero,” he blurted. “He is my only link with my mother.””Sereno could remember the rough, dirty soldiers coming to their village, snatching him out of bed, the endless ride across a wild mountain range, and the journey on a train, Mama’s wrist tied to that of a trooper.””Ramon gripped the top rail of the corral and blurted, ‘Joaquin is alive. He’s in the hospital in Culiacan.'”

Review by Peter Marinacci: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Old Mexico.Bitter Victory is the sixth book in RLB Hartmann’s Tierra del Oro saga.The story begins in 1913 in the middle of the Mexican revolution. Ramon, a captain in the rebel army, commands a ragtag group of men who try to push back the more organized federal troops.Though Ramon has given up hope that his kidnapped wife, Anita, and son Sereno are still alive, they remain captives of a federal general. As Anita plans an escape, Ramon’s first love, Serafina, and her two sons, Domingo and Teo, head north in an attempt to reunite with him.With the background of war, tension remains high throughout the story and no character is safe from harm. As demonstrated in previous books, anyone may be killed off at any time, whether a main character or a minor one.During the course of the story, old romances are rekindled, good friends are lost in battle, and new relationships are forged. Fate, a continuing theme in this saga, plays its role in everyone’s destiny.As with the other volumes in this series, the story comes alive with exquisite details of early 20th century Mexico. The characters are all very well developed and continue to grow and age as the story progresses. It’s easy to get immersed in the story as the plot advances with sufficient speed to keep the reader interested and eager to find out what will happen next. The story could be summed up as a classic Western set in Mexico.

Product Details:
Book Six of Tierra del Oro Series
Paperback: 288 Pages
Publisher: Catawba River Press (June 10, 2012)
Language: English

  • Global Library: Hispanic American (Literature & Fiction)
  • Global Library: Magic (Magical Realism)
  • Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age)
  • Global Library: Western (Hispanic American)
  • Global Library: Cultural Heritage (Hispanic American)

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Tierra y Libertad: Book Seven Of Tierra del Oro by RLB Hartmann

Land and liberty — that’s what the rebel soldiers under General Obregon believe they’re fighting for. But for Ramón Cordero, fighting is a way to forget.

About The Author: Every day offers something new and exciting to think about and work on. and time to dream of what will happen next.

Review by: Lynda Garibaldi: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Compelling stories, characters.I bought this 9-volume set when they were first published in 2013 and, finding nothing on Netflix appealing, decided to look for something good to read and remembered how caught up in this series I was when I first read them. This time, though, I started with Volume 7 and read Volumes 7, 8, 9. Reading these a second time, I didn’t remember how good they were, how vivid the descriptions of places, events, people, and their stories. I became so involved with the characters again that I’m now reading Volume 1 for the second time and anticipate each evening when I have time to pick up where I left off the night before. I would love to see a streaming service turn these books into a series. The production would be addictive. The characters and their stories are this compelling.

Review by Peter Marinacci: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Mexico in Turmoil.Tierra y Liberatad is the seventh book in the nine volume Tierra del Oro saga.The story begins in 1914 in Merida, Mexico, with an unexpected twist. As the Mexican Revolution draws to an end, the general who has kept Anita and her young son Sereno hostage for four years, suddenly lets them go. The problem is, unbeknownst to the general, Anita had helped her son escape a few weeks earlier.Released, Anita must travel alone through the war-ravaged country to search for her long-lost husband and her son who was sent on a mission to find him. But her husband, Ramon, and his son from a previous relationship, are still fighting for the rebels and are constantly on the move. Compromised transportation and communication options because of the war make locating them more difficult than Anita imagined. But that is only the beginning of the story.Tierra y Liberatad is an engaging story, well told. It’s best savored slowly to absorb all the fine details of plot and characterization. The characters are all real and deeply motivated. They all have their individual motivations, and there is plenty of conflict between them. Their lives are all inexorably intertwined, and rarely does anything go easily for them.The narrative is always clear and concise, the action visual and well scripted. A realistic portrayal of the war and battles provides a mini-history of the Mexican Revolution. But it always remains a subplot to the main story of the character’s constant struggle to find peace and serenity.

Product Details:
Book Seven of Tierra del Oro Series
Paperback: 275 Pages
Publisher: Catawba River Press (August 14, 2012)
Language: English

  • Global Library: Hispanic American (Literature & Fiction)
  • Global Library: Magic (Magical Realism)
  • Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age)
  • Global Library: Western (Hispanic American)
  • Global Library: Cultural Heritage (Hispanic American)

Amazon Print:
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The Horse Tamers: Book Eight Of Tierra del Oro by RLB Hartmann

The past haunts Ramón while the future he plans continues to elude. Lost treasure, the desire for peace, a fateful mustang hunt, and family bonds change his life in ways he could not have imagined.

About The Author: Three other novels not a part of the saga are: Floyd and the Traveling Yard Sale, a collection of humorous short stories which presents life in a South not too far in the past. I Rode with Cullen Baker, based on a real-life Texas outlaw 1864-5. The script version won 1st place in the Split-Screen $1000 competition. STRONG COFFEE, a YA/A contemporary “road story.”

Review by Lynda Garibaldi: Taming a Mustang, Nursing a Puma, Maps to a Hidden Treasure.Tierra del Oro, Book 8 is full of complex characters and lots of action: Guard swathed in a sarape with his gun cocked, hearing the owl down river; mustangers on the trail with the body of a don; fire in the wagon yard; sack of silver pesos; arrival of a mad, cocky gringo with a young daughter; the hero spreading out documents & maps to a treasure. Yes, all of this drama is packed into Volume 8 of the 9-volume saga of the Cordera family. Is it any surprise that readers lose sleep because they don’t want to put down the book? I started with Volumes 7, 8, 9, then went back to reading Volume 1. The only reason for a 4-star rating instead of a 5-star rating is that the Spanish words slow me down.

Review by Peter Marinacci: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Engaging Story of Old Mexico.The Horse Tamers begins in Mexico in 1915. Though the revolution is over, the government remains unstable and bandits still roam the countryside.The protagonist, Ramon, and a group of his friends, go out on an expedition to corral some wild horses. While on the hunt, they discover an abandoned hacienda. After acquiring the property, Ramon, his family, and a band of followers move in and bring the estate back to life. With time and hard work, they create a successful and self-sustaining community.Shortly after, the previous owner of the estate returns from America and vows to take back his property. With force if necessary. That’s the main plot of this volume, but the growth and development of the characters and their interactions is what brings the story to life.As Ramon’s two sons, Domingo and Sereno, develop into young men, their rivalry grows. A new baby girl also comes into the family, and few characters from previous volumes return to more tension.The Horse Tamers is a very entertaining read and the story maintains the reader’s interest throughout. A lot of things happen in this story, but the action is always clear and engagingly described. As in the other books of the Tierra del Oro saga, the characters are realistically portrayed with depth and a sense of purpose and destiny. It is easy to believe these characters really lived. Many small details about life in early 20th century Mexico help add realism.Overall, I think this is probably the most engaging of all the stories in the Tierra del Oro series to date, which says a lot since they have all been captivating. Highly recommended.

Review by Plein Page Inkster: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. No Slowing Down for Those Seeking Peace.Don’t be fooled by the title, adventure is ever present in this 8th installment of the Tierra Del Oro saga. As the Mexican war winds down from combat to politics, the soldiers and families connected to Ramon seek a new life. Ramon has settled temporarily with his father’s old friend Don Diego. Diego’s son Mariano who has fought with him in the revolution joins him and the men to take Diego on one more roundup of the wild mustangs. Adventure, yes, but also tragedy as death overtakes the group. Throughout the book is the theme of taming wild horses and other animals.Similar to this theme is the taming of the relationship between half-brothers Domingo and Sereno. They continue to despise and distrust each other while competing for the mastery of horses, for the affections of their father and the girls who cross their paths. Growing up is never easy for them or their father. Hartmann hits the right notes with their father, Ramon who brusquely deals with both, but privately deals with each of them according to the wisdom gained from his own experiences. Balancing his worry with pragmatism is Anita his wife, who sees the possibilities beyond the problems.

Product Details:
Book Eight of Tierra del Oro Series
Paperback: 375 Pages
Publisher: Catawba River Press (September 28, 2012)
Language: English

  • Global Library: Hispanic American (Literature & Fiction)
  • Global Library: Magic (Magical Realism)
  • Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age)
  • Global Library: Western (Hispanic American)
  • Global Library: Cultural Heritage (Hispanic American)

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Tesoro-Tierra del Oro: Book Nine Of Tierra del Oro by RLB Hartmann

What began as Trouble`s quest for love and freedom becomes the legacy for his grandsons, and lives reach full circle in the finale of the Cordero Saga.

About The Author: Even when I was writing other things, I always considered myself a novelist, for that is the kind of story that always gave me the most pleasure. I hope my stories have given, or will give, you pleasure as well.

Review by Lynda Garibaldi: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. The third reading is the charm.The stories about the Cordero family compel the reader to keep reading to find out what happens next, in my case, staying up late at night to read “just a few more pages.” To recap my experience reading this series, I read all nine volumes when they were first published. In my second reading of the books, I started with Volume 7, and read Volumes 7, 8, and 9. Since it has been a few years since I read them all in order, I had to go back to the beginning to remind myself of the development of the characters and how they became who they are by the end of the saga. After being reminded of who was who and why, I had to read volumes 7, 8, and 9 a third time. So, to get to my review of Book 9.You have to go back to the beginning of the series to find out who Trouble is, but he is referred to throughout all the volumes, right to the end in Book 9. In Book 9, the reader understands Ramon and why his sons Domingo and Sereno are so different and why they are at odds with one another and affect their father with such love but also anguish in their constant battles with one another. Will the sweet brother win the affection of the woman he loves? Will the dark, brooding brother find happiness? Who will inherit the family estates? By now the reader understands how other major characters connect to Trouble and Ramon and their extended family and faithful friends as they have traveled throughout the battles and wild lands of Mexico in the late 1800s and early 1900s.As a reader today I ask myself how the characters can endure the heartaches and dangers of their traumatic experiences, and how can they be so wise and so strong when they are so young. Readers are reminded that a few generations make a huge difference in what we are capable of and how we survive and come to be where we are. While historical figures and events pepper their stories, the characters are fictional but at the same time are as alive and authentic as they are in any memorable stories.

Review by Plein Page Inkster: After the Chase, A Satisfying Ending.The title for my review really says it all. The last three books in this series had plenty of chasing: good guys after bad guys, bad guys after good guys, boys chasing girls, girls chasing boys, men chasing the mustangs—from fights to romance to feasts and festivals, to abandoned mines, or train journeys—all against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution.

Whew! Exhausting! Hartmann has sketched her main characters well and allowed them to develop. They grow up, grow older change with the savvy that can only come from living, yet they remain themselves. She is true to her characters yet allows them enough quirks in their choices to keep you guessing and keep it from becoming predictable. The ending brings most of the loose ends to a satisfying conclusion, and like life, we don’t always know what happens. We have to be content with not knowing. As another reviewer has said, some of the breaks between the novels were not always at the best places, but I like stories delivered in chunks and I like typefaces to be readable. A smaller typeface with larger volumes would not have worked for me; she was smart to create a 9-volume series. Each book is a good size for handling and portability. At true saga, this is worth the read. One theme that imbues this story is that of parents hoping that their children will have life better than they had it. Sereno’s and Domingo’s parents, grandparents and great grandparents had that desire and, in the end, we see how well, down through the years, they all succeeded. Especially Ramon and Anita–they realized their dreams for their sons and for their sons’ futures.

Review by Peter Marinacci: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A fitting end to the saga. Tesoro is the last book in the nine volume Tierra del Oro saga by RLB Hartmann. Each book can be read as a standalone story, though they have more meaning when read as a series. I’ve enjoyed each book in the saga, and this one was my favorite.The stories seem to get better and richer with each successive volume, though it may be due to the fact that the characters start to become more real as we get to know them. By the end, the characters feel more like family than a product of fiction.The main plot passes the story onto the next generation of Corderos, concentrating on the rivalry between Domingo and Sereno, Ramon’s sons. None of the plot is telegraphed, and it leaves you guessing right until the end.It’s easy to get lost in the story and believe you’re actually witnessing the events first hand. The author has created a complete and complex world, full and rich, populated with real people. As in life, everyone here has their own agenda and interests. Conflict is ever present between the characters, and this both drives the story and keeps things interesting and unpredictable. Everything that happens to these characters seems to be what has to happen to them, that it ultimately is their destiny.The descriptions are always clear and precise, and the scenes are set vividly and realistically. All the plot threads are tied up nicely, and the ending was very satisfying.Overall, Tesoro is a very fitting conclusion to the nine book Tierra del Oro series, though it is bittersweet to know there are no more stories in the series.

Product Details:
Book Nine of Tierra del Oro Series
Paperback: 353 Pages
Publisher: Catawba River Press (October 31, 2012)
Language: English

  • Global Library: Hispanic American (Literature & Fiction)
  • Global Library: Magic (Magical Realism)
  • Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age)
  • Global Library: Western (Hispanic American)
  • Global Library: Cultural Heritage (Hispanic American)

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615704344/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i5

Other Titles by RLB Hartmann

  • I Rode with Cullen Baker: A Tale of Romance and Adventure
  • Floyd and the Traveling Yard Sale: Stories of the Blue Ridge Border
  • Strong Coffee: A Runaway Road Story

About RLB Hartmann: At one time, my life’s ambition was to write a 600-page spoof on every Western movie ever made. I got as far as naming the Table of Contents before abandoning the notion.

My fiction always begins with people in the midst of crisis, whether they know it or not. It’s as if I am dropped down into a world already there, and I’m driven by curiosity to find out what the characters in that world think and feel.

A novelist at heart, I’ve written short stories, poetic drivel, screenplays, 3 other novels, a collection of Southern humorous stories loosely based on an ex-moonshiner my aunt used to know; and the multi-volume historical epic, Tierra del Oro.

The You Tube book videos (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=RLB+Hartmann) provide an overview of the Cordero Saga with selected images generously supplied by superb photographers, and music from accomplished composers. Credits for both appear at the end of each video.

Read Inside here on Amazon for a sample of any title. While the Books 1 – 4 can be read as separate stories, book 5 becomes intricately entwined with the remaining volumes. Collectors of all 9 novels have expressed satisfaction with this “One story, One family, One continuing adventure” experience.

Three collaborations with Jack Schaberg of Mindful Entertainment resulted in finished films and IMDb credits.

Being accepted by the WWA in 2011 was the culmination of a long-held ambition, though my work isn’t strictly “western” but historical fiction that includes frontier and pioneer short stories that placed first in online competitions.

RLB Hartmann’s Art For Sale:
https://bookmarketingglobalnetwork.com/services/business-listings/rlb-hartmanns-art-for-sale/

Amazon Author’s Page:
https://www.amazon.com/RLB-Hartmann/e/B004SN4WTA?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1607020160&sr=1-1

Professional Website:
http://www.rlbhartmann.com

You Tube Book Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=RLB+Hartmann

The Cordero Saga-Book 1-RLB Hartmann
https://youtu.be/cOdCtXXopes

The Cordero Saga – Book 2 – RLB Hartmann:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QygR7k1A2I

The Cordero Saga – Book 2 – Legend of the Sierra Madre – RLB Hartmann:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL9iXGVpQRQ

The Cordero Saga – Book 3 – Los Pobres:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32gRjw7zX_A

The Cordero Saga – Book 4 – La Puerta del Sol:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IeEphwETYQ

The Cordero Saga – Book 5 – A Lion Against the Wind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ERzSMG1kGw

The Cordero Saga – Book 6 – BitterVictory:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWG3ZCzLyDc

The Cordero Saga – Book 7 – Tierra y Libertad:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGPJnvtb2vg

The Cordero Saga – Book 8 – The Horse Tamers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMgjluUb3eE

The Cordero Saga – Book 9 – Tesoro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XAD5RVi4KQ

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Author’s Page At Book Marketing Global Network:
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