The youngest Oakley brother, Ray, avoids the Army only to find himself in a face off with German U-boats in the Gulf Mexico in the year following America's entry into World War II. His older brother, Brooks, who had reluctantly agreed to accept a commission as a lieutenant, is assigned to a difficult aging general in Washington who sends him to chase through the backwoods of Mississippi; then he orders Brooks to a special school in blizzard bound Michigan where he is trained to manage winter campaigns against the Nazis in rthern Europe. In this third and final volume of the series The Oakleys, the two brothers face continuous and seemingly insurmountable challenges throughout the balance of the war and emerge into the postwar Texas boomtowns of Austin and Houston. There's lots of action in this work of historical fiction. And just as in the first two books in the series, the characters in Longhorn are based on real members of my family and the narrative is derived almost completely from stories these relatives told me themselves. Longhorn is a depiction of American families, then and w.
Phil Oakley is a novelist and veteran journalist with experience in the motion picture industry. He is a retired regional executive with The Walt Disney Company (ABC News), a former director of the Louisiana Film Commission and a retired editor with the Dallas Morning News. He covered presidents and presidential campaigns beginning with Lyndon Johnson and ending with George W. Bush. He was a television and radio anchor and reporter with national awards from Columbia University, the Radio-Television News Directors Association and the National Headliner Award program in Atlantic City. He began work on his first novel in 1964 while a student at the University of Texas at Austin. In all he has written seven novels.