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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Donovan Narrator: James Donovan Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The gripping and definitive chronicle of the iconic battle that inspired a nation—a sweeping saga of two hundred brave Americans who stood tall against an overwhelmingly superior Mexican force.

On February 23, 1836, a Mexican army thousands of soldiers strong attacked a group of roughly two hundred Americans holed up in an abandoned mission just east of San Antonio, Texas. For nearly two weeks, the massive force laid siege to the makeshift fort, spraying its occupants with unremitting waves of musket and cannon fire. Then, on March 6, at 5:30 a.m., the Mexican troops unleashed a final devastating assault: divided into four columns, they rushed into the Alamo and commenced a deadly hand-to-hand fight. The Americans, despite being hugely outnumbered, fought valiantly—for themselves and for a division of an independent Texas. In the end, they were all slaughtered.

Drawing upon newly available primary sources, The Blood of Heroes is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters—including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis—it is a dynamic story of courage, sacrifice, and redemption.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Combines strong narrative chops with exhaustive research…By the time the shooting starts, we’ve established an emotional connection to the characters that makes them all the more poignant and tragic…The carnage of the battle, which culminates with the slaughter of the defenders by bayonet-wielding Mexican soldiers, makes for brutal reading. But this wasn’t the ersatz violence of a football game; it was the real thing, which is what we’re supposed to remember. After reading The Blood of Heroes, which sears the events of 1836 on our memories as if branding cattle, no one is likely to forget.”

    USA Today

  • “Underscores why the men who fell at the Alamo are rightly seen as heroes whose sacrifice inspired a people to see their situation aright, and to prevail. James Donovan has told their story well. Blood of Heroes is just the book for anyone who in unacquainted with the great story of the Alamo or who wants to dig deeper into the history of the Texas Revolution.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Donovan’s gripping book is history at its best—exactingly sourced and written with a vividness that challenges you to put it down.”

    Washington Times

  • “Donovan demonstrates convincingly that the actual events of the extended struggle for the Alamo were just as dramatic as screenwriters imagined them. A crucible moment in American history author comes alive in the words of a bestselling author.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Drawing on plenty of research and primary sources from both sides of the conflict, Donovan breathlessly re-creates the thirteen-day skirmish.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Donovan underscores his strengths as a writer—a flair for detail and story—with his own narration, which skillfully conveys the drama of the event. With a youthful, slightly gravelly voice, he is superbly cast to narrate:One can imagine him as one of the young volunteers who manned the doomed fort.”


  • “Without breaking the flow of his compelling story, Donovan reliably separates fact from legend, persuasively assessing the evidence and artfully setting the scene. An authoritative, moving retelling of an enduring episode of sacrifice and courage.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hazel | 2/19/2014

    " I liked the book. it was easy to read & the narrative was not hard to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Eppenstein | 2/4/2014

    " An interesting read that removes much of the mythologizing of the various well known historical characters involved in Texas' fight for independence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tom | 1/13/2014

    " I love the story and I love the message and hoped to find out more about the men and women that risked their lives at the Alamo. But the book was plodding and found myself wanting it to end just so I could move on to another book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clint Cypert | 1/12/2014

    " This is one of the better books I have read on the history of the Alamo and war for Texas Independence. James Donovan does a great job of researching a variety of sources and giving the reader an in-depth look at the Alamo and those that died defending it. I liked this book much better than Donovan's first book, A Terrible Glory, which was a look at Custer's last stand. The one thing I did not like about the book is that I thought it could have used more maps in the book. It would have been useful to have a map that showed Mexican troop placements during the siege and the movements on the day of battle. A map of Texas with towns, colonies, forts, etc. from 1836 would have been useful too. When he mentioned them in the book, I knew where they were located, but it would have been a helpful visual for those not familiar with that area of Texas. I would recommend this book to any person that is intrigued by the story of the Alamo and it's defenders. "

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