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Dead Man's Walk | [Larry McMurtry]

Dead Man's Walk

In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<
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Publisher's Summary

In Streets of Laredo, McMurtry brought the story ahead, giving us Call in his old age. Now, in Dead Man's Walk, he takes us back to the days when Gus and Call were young Texas Rangers, first experiencing the wild frontier that will form their characters. We also meet Clara Forsythe, the unforgettable young woman whose effect on Gus McCrae is immediate and unshakable. Danger, sacrifice, comradeship, and love give them the strength and courage to survive against the almost insurmountable odds of the frontier.

In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.

From the Indians defending their land with unrelenting savagery, to the Texans attempting to seize and "civilize" it, and the Mexicans threatened by both, the reckless men of the untamed frontier make this at once a riveting adventure story and a powerful work of literature.

©2000 Larry McMurtry; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster

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    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 10-03-11
    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 10-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant narration; engaging characters and story"

    The title of my review sums up my feelings on the book. I couldn't imagine a better reader than Will Patton. And McMurtry is always fun and poignant and kind of brutal in that he likes to kill off his characters after you've fallen in love with them.

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    Kindle Customer Central Texas 08-02-11
    Kindle Customer Central Texas 08-02-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Super"

    I have started and restarted this review several times. I don't want to gush, but . . . Will Patton is as incredible a narrator as he is an actor. In fact, this will seem like a movie in your head. There are many, many characters, but with Will's narration, you will recognize each voice -- even without a "Gus said'. I read this book years ago, and thought it an ok read, but, with Will Patton's narration, it brings it up to one of my favorites. I just wish he read the entire series.

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    Lila United States 06-22-11
    Lila United States 06-22-11
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    "Outstanding!"

    This is one of the best, period. I listened to it for the first time when I was about 15. At 26 I really wanted to revisit it. Boy am I glad I did. What a book. My boyfriend went absolutely crazy over it. We can't wait to continue the series.

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    Chute53 BELLA VISTA, ARKANSAS, United States 04-06-11
    Chute53 BELLA VISTA, ARKANSAS, United States 04-06-11 Member Since 2010

    I listen while doing those tasks when I don't need to be mentally engaged all the time. If I miss something I listen all over again.

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    "Good job"

    Fits with the Lonely Dove Story and is a keeper. Seems like you are there with the characters and it is true to history.

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    James Biesty 12-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not for everyone but definitely is for me"

    This is a graphic but well put together book that gives you a good feeling of what it must of been like in the 1840's. If you are into the details of living out on the wild and can handle graphic details of torture you will like this book a lot.

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    Susan Winston-Salem, NC, USA 06-21-10
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    "Mmm. Young Gus McCrae."

    If you thought Gus was the hero of Lonesome Dove, you'll love this tale of his youth. Read with real character by Will Patton and written while McMurtry was still knocking them out of the ball park.

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    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 09-01-09
    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 09-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "fun"

    brutal western, but good.

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    P. J. Benyei 09-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Really? EVERYONE?"

    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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    Richard Delman San Francisco 10-17-09
    Richard Delman San Francisco 10-17-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Mega-Epic"

    The book is actually one of a trilogy, with Lonesome Dove and Comanche Moon. If you can, listen to Frank Muller read them all. His passing is the greatest loss the world of audiobooks has ever sustained. His ability to fully dramatize all the characters, the locations, the plot developments over the full life span of Captain Call: these are gifts which have provided me with almost countless hours of pleasure. Despite how "gritty" much of the material is, Frank reads it with the full range of human emotion, to an extent that the reader simply marvels at. It really is very hard to listen to another narrator without comparing him or her to Frank, and Frank always wins. I am now trying to hear the entire catalog, over 200 books, that he read before the horrible accident which killed his career, and then years later, killed him. I never wanted to be on a dusty, dangerous cattle drive; I feel now as if I almost have been there. Brilliant.

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    Michael Chico, CA, USA 07-28-09
    Michael Chico, CA, USA 07-28-09
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    "Great book - great reader"

    Loved the book and Will Patton's characterizations

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