Books: The Bullies Never Learn

TWO ROADS TO GUADELUPÉ by Robert Lewis Taylor. 428 pages. Doubleday. $5.95.

In the first chapter of this new adventure novel, Mother is whacked on the head with an ax. In the second, a prairie wagon rigged with sails like a ship crashes into a store front. By the third, Mother's two sons have been lured into joining the Missouri Volunteers to fight the Mexican War.

The sons—pompous, bookish Blaine Shelby, 33, and happy-go-lucky 14-year-old Sam—tell the story in alternate chapters. Angelina Hughes, a beautiful hoyden in love with Blaine, disguises herself as a...

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