Off the Beaten Trail
by Ed Syers
Author historian and newspaper columnist Ed Syers comes equipped to take you Off The Beaten Trail in Texas. As novelist William Edward Sayers, his first novel, Seven, Navy Subchaser was crically ranked among America's best war novels and was cited particularly for its authenticity.
His current historical novel, The Gun, ends three years of on-the-ground reserach through Texas and New Mexico. In War World II, William E. Sayers served as a Commander with the U.S. Navy. Syers spent seven years and traveled almost 100,000 miles completing the Texas exploration he calls Off The Beaten Trail, covering virtually every road in the state in search of the story behind Texas hertiage. The work first appeared as a feature column in most of Texas' major papers, was subsequently rewritten in three softcover volumns, which exhausted seven printings before this single-volunm revision. A Presbyterian valedictory alumnus of San Antonio's Main Avenue High and St. Mary's University, as well as the University of Texas, where he edited both the Daily Texan and ex-student Alcalde, the former advertising and public relations executive moved his family to Kerrville's Hill Country in 1959 to devote full attention to writing.
There are several ways to read, enjoy and learn from Texas -- Off The Beaten Trail, as hundreds of thousands of Texans have done in newspaper and three separate volumne editions of this now-complete and extraordinarily extensive work that required seven years and dunred thousand miles' travel in preparation. You can explore leisurely for intriguing pickup reading, a story or so at a time, or each is a brief but complete adventure into the little known of our state's history and lore. This, the Amarillo Globe News saw, calling this author "the best Texas story teller with the most interesting material." Some Texans have literally traveled with OBT, mapped, indexed -- as it now is in this edition. The work covers Texas from border to border,