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NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES starring Pierce Brosnan and co-written by Philipp Meyer

The critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling epic, a saga of land, blood and power, follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.

Eli McCullough
is just twelve years old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead, brutally murder his mother and sister and take him captive. Despite their torture and cruelty, Eli - against all odds - adapts to life with the Comanche, learning their ways and language, taking on a new name, finding a place as the adopted son of the band's chief and fighting their wars against not only other Indians but white men too, which complicates his sense of loyalty, his promised vengeance and his very understanding of self. But when disease, starvation and westward expansion finally decimate the Comanche, Eli is left alone in a world in which he belongs nowhere, neither white nor Indian, civilized nor fully wild.

Deftly interweaving Eli’s story with those of his son Peter and his great-granddaughter JA, The Son maps the legacy of Eli’s ruthlessness, his drive to power and his lifelong status as an outsider, even as the McCullough family rises to become one of the richest in Texas, a ranching and oil dynasty that is as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Yet, like all empires, the McCulloughs must eventually face the consequences of their choices.

Panoramic, deeply evocative and utterly transporting, The Son is a masterpiece American novel - part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story - that combines the narrative prowess of Larry McMurtry with the knife-edge sharpness of Cormac McCarthy.

'Stunning ... a book that for once really does deserve to be called a masterpiece' Kate Atkinson

'Magnificent ... McCarthy's Border Trilogy is a point of reference, as is There Will Be Blood, but it is not fanciful to be reminded of certain passages from Moby-Dick - it's that good'The Times

'Brilliant ... a wonderful novel' Lionel Shriver

Fiction & Literature
July 18
Simon & Schuster UK

Customer Reviews

0Jacobe ,


Three different people There thinking And alll MAke a common point.Amazed by reading it.Must buy and read.

Stoneleigh Sam ,

Very good read.

The brutality of the era is intertwined with the very real stories of love, honour and morals. Most of which are denied, lost or forgotten for the sake of money, power and birth right. Three characters, three different views, all linked to the bitter end. Buy the book, it's worth it.

Mbf199t ,

Not For Me

This book was not for me, that's not to say it's bad, just not to my taste.

The story follows three characters of old Texas, exploring the battles between the Indians, confederate fighters and the Texas Rangers to explain the troubled history from various view points and generations.

Unfortunately I wasn't gripped, characters were difficult to stay with and I drifted in and out of this book for almost 12 months, quickly losing interest each time.

Eventually I just focused on my preferred character/story, read only his remaining chapters (Eli) and declared the book finished afterward.

I may re-read it, but I'll either need to be stranded on a desert island or in prison to make it right the way through.

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