"When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition may always be found. They forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what brought them along." -- Carl Sandburg


"A fantastic novel! Once you begin reading it, you can't stop. Addicting."-- Donna V., PA

"Compelling!"-- Wayne R.,  Mt. Lebanon, PA

"This is one of the better books I've read. It's a great story, has much adventure, and presents interesting aspects of history. It's well written and really captures you in the life and times of Fisher. I recommend this book to anyone."-- R. Johnson, Upper St. Clair, PA


Historical fiction based on the life of a 19th-century revolutionary who escapes the Balkans to change the American-Mexican struggle for Texas.


He fought the Ottomans at Belgrade, or Darul-jihad, "The Holy War's Threshold" as theCover Page Ottomans called the city on the Danube. His writings inspired Lord Byron to join the Greek revolution.  He stood up to Santa Anna. He organized the first, now forgotten battle of the Texas revolution. He hated Empires. Yet, he helped build the greatest Empire of all.

"...Hungarian by birth, Serbian by ancestry, American by conviction, Mexican by choice, and Texan by desire."

He was born Djordje Shagich.


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