Texas on the Rocks

Texas on the Rocks by Daniel da Cruz
Del Rey, 1986
Price I paid: $1.45 + S&H

LONE STAR REPUBLIC TO THE RESCUE!

In 2008, when the Russians ruled most of the world and the United States was suffering from a catastrophic drought, most everybody went to bed a little hungry every night.

But out in the South Atlantic Ocean, a Texican named Ripley Forte was riding herd on the answer to America’s deadly water shortage, hauling toward Matagorda Bay the only natural resource that could make the Republic of Texas rich again.

And while he was at it, Forte would teach the Russians a thing or two about surprise attack.

To save the civilized world, all he had to do was live long enough.

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The Ayes of Texas

The Ayes of TexasThe Ayes of Texas by Daniel da Cruz
Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 1982
Price I paid: 90¢

It was 1994, but Gwillam Forte was an entrepreneur of the old school. Twenty-three disabled Veterans needed a reason to live, so he gave them a rusty hulk—the battleship U.S.S. Texas—and unlimited funds to make her beautiful and seaworthy in time for Independence Day, 2000.

But the world changed quickly and for the worse. By 1998, the Texas and her supermodern weapons were needed for duty far more important than guarding the National Monument in which she rode at anchor.

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