Come and Take It

Search for the Treasure of the Alamo

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
294 Pages
Reviewed on 07/17/2015
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Come and Take It: Search for the Treasure of the Alamo is a fascinating historical fiction by Landon Wallace. In the Texas Revolution of 1836, the Mexican army kills all the men defending the Alamo, except Joe, William Barret Travis’ slave. Joe escapes with a map entrusted to him by Jim Bowie that leads to his treasure. Unfortunately, Joe loses the map but keeps track of the person who has it. In 2013, burglars attack his 93-year-old descendant, Joe Travis, who dies without telling relatives of his ancestor’s secret. Nat, his grandson, receives puzzling information from his grandfather’s friend, Ambrose. When Ambrose suddenly dies, Nat is convinced his grandfather’s attackers were involved. He digs deeper into his family’s history with the help of Renee, his brother’s beautiful ex-wife. What they discover could get them murdered by persons linked to the historical past of the Alamo.

Portions of the historic battle of the Alamo depicted in Come and Take It: Search for the Treasure of the Alamo give good insight into the war. It is a lovely story by Landon Wallace, who tells an exciting, treasure hunting adventure structured around historical facts of the famous Texas Revolution. He takes readers into the revolution to meet renowned figures like Jim Bowie, William Barret Travis, and Mexico’s Santa Ana. Other characters also drew my attention with their expressive personalities and purposes. Landon Wallace shows another side of Texas I am unfamiliar with; reflective of the past and modern-day Alamo restorations and proud, devoted historians.

Jamie Michele

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.