El Tigre is the tale of Johann Heinrich von Manfred, born of Prussian parents during the Napoleonic Wars in 1813. After fighting with classmates in a Prussian military school and seriously injuring one of the students, he is forced to leave Prussia. Johann travels to Spain, where he fights in their civil war. He eventually immigrates to the United States, traveling to Texas and fighting against Santa Anna and the Mexican army for Texan independence. He moves on to California, where he fights for their independence from Mexico. While in Texas, he becomes known as El Tigre because of his reputation for fighting like a tiger when defeating an enemy while the odds were strongly against him.
Although this was advertised as a fast-moving story, I became restless because the author regularly ended each scene with a little historical background. This became annoying, and at times I would have to put the book down because my eyes would glaze over after reading yet another historical insight. Mr. Manhold could have written a more interesting nonfiction biography of Manfred and left the dialog out of the book. I had a difficult time finishing this novel because I lost interest in the main character and the story.