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ROBERT WISEHART. The Rising

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ROBERT WISEHART. The Rising. Black Kettle Books. 331 pages; paperback, $14.95; blackkettlebooks.com.

The novel finds Sam Houston—former Tennessee congressman and governor—as appointed general of the newly proclaimed Republic of Texas’ revolutionary army. Evoking the hardships and dangers of that muddy frontier struggle, The Rising follows the cool-headed commander’s inspired balancing act as he keeps his badly overmatched army—ill-supplied, untrained, and verging on mutiny—out of harm’s way while he plots his one, desperate chance to prevail against the arrogant Mexican dictator Santa Ana.