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  • Short Book Review – Lone Star Sons by Celia Hayes

    Posted by Dan from Madison on November 14th, 2014 (All posts by )

    Lone Star Sons by Celia Hayes (buy direct from the author)

    Lone Star Sons by Celia Hayes (Amazon)


    Back in September, our very own Sgt. Mom, aka Celia Hayes, was shamelessly plugging her new book, Lone Star Sons. I bought a book and was pleasantly surprised to find what appears to be a personalized inscription on the inside:

    It says:

    Low Dow –
    Our Mom in Madison!
    Wide op predator –

    Undeterred by what appeared to be a cipher of some sort, I forged ahead and read the book. I really liked it.

    I don’t read much fiction, but if I do, it needs to be historically based, and Hayes does a great job of really bringing you into the time period of old Republic of Texas. The descriptions of the scenes were very realistic and I could almost smell the stews that the Mexican ladies were making on the square on a daily basis.

    Lone Star Sons is six short stories of Texas Ranger Jim Reade and his Indian helper/comrade Toby Shaw. They travel far and wide on their assignments which vary from murder investigations to search for buried treasure.

    The end section was most enjoyable for me, as Hayes explains what parts of the short stories were hers, and which were historically based.

    The book reads very quickly, as once you start getting interested in the characters, the book is difficult to put down. I would highly recommended it if you need a good idea for a stocking stuffer for someone who likes these type of frontier stories.

    You can order Lone Star Sons from the Amazon link above, or directly from Ms. Hayes here. You can order her other books here.


    15 Responses to “Short Book Review – Lone Star Sons by Celia Hayes”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      Amazon link inserted.

      Celia, can readers still buy the book directly from you?

    2. Sgt. Mom Says:

      Sure they can – and any of my other books as well. We’re in the heavy sales event season just now, so I have a large stock on hand.

    3. Sgt. Mom Says:

      This is the link to the Lone Star Sons order page on my book website –

    4. Dan from Madison Says:

      Post updated :)

    5. Grurray Says:

      Good review.
      Just purchased it, and you can’t beat the price. If it’s half as good as your History Friday stories then I’ll be looking forward to reading. Hopefully sometime this year.

    6. Jonathan Says:

      (for Dan)

    7. Jezzy Says:

      If you think my moms handwriting is barely legible, my grandmothers is akin to norse runes with some kanji thrown in for good measure.

    8. Dan from Madison Says:

      Jonathan – that’s the gift that keeps on giving.

    9. Lexington Green Says:

      “Wide Op Predator” is a pretty good code name.

    10. Robert Schwartz Says:

      Jezzy: I guess you are the one that Sgt. Mom often refers to as Blondie?

    11. Jezzy Says:

      Thats me Mr. Schwartz

    12. Death 6 Says:

      Just made the direct purchase. Death6 = mduke8

      Loved the web site, going to spend some pleasant time exploring and reading.


    13. Sgt. Mom Says:

      Thanks, Mike – look for it to be mailed on Monday!

    14. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      Low Dow – Was that your name when you were an agent in Burma during the war, or is that some sort of market prediction?

    15. Dan from Madison Says:

      Michael – I am afraid that is classified information.