In short: Everyone dies a terrible death. Every person, every pet, every pack animal, every wild creature. Its over the top. I read previous reviews posts about how cruel the descriptions are and how difficult it is to listen to because of the violence and horrible endings everyone and everything faces in this book and I thought, well a lot of people are pansies. You have to have some terrible endings for a good drama, right? McMurtry takes it over the top in this book. Obviously, because this is the prequel to Lonesome dove (and others) Carl and McCray don't suffer terrible endings, but the device he uses to save them in the end is so far fetched I wish he had knocked them off too just to skip the embarrassment of such a ludicrous ending. Skip this one completely. I Loved Lonesome Dove, and ignored other reviews on this book because I wanted to spend more time hearing about the characters I met in Lonesome Dove. Now I wish I had taken heed.
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