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
I've always loved the lonesome dove books and this one is a great addition as a prequel. the narration brings Gus and Call to life as teenage rangers. the book highlights some early history between the two, the introduction of Clara, and the long standing beef between the boys and the Comanche's. I found it was easy to get through and finished it in a few short days
Hearing the back story of Gus, and Woodrow was a great pleasure. If you think the Indians were crazy and dangerous in lonesome dove wait till you meet Buffalo Hump! The reader is great, and it made the miles and miles I Drive everyday much more pleasurable!
There is a great set of characters and McMurty makes you feel like you are there with them. Will Patton is my favorite reader and I wish he did the whole series
I live in New Mexico and traveled thru Texas a good bit so hearing this historical and descriptive narration of the land I love was so neat. Excellent storyteller with a great ability to change his voice depending on the character he was narrating.
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Yes! Great narration!
Yes, Love his work!
Too bad the story line doesn't match that of Lonesome Dove. All three books should have followed the same story line.
First audible experience. Made the car ride seem short as characters came to life. The voices were consistent and well portrayed the great expedition. Learning how the Hat Creek outfit got started is an exciting adventure. Look forward to the next book in the series.
Two western voices together highlight this stubborn, however interesting plot line. I do love McMurtry's writing voice, and Will Patton [drawls] us right in to this dusty and realistic nightmare. This is where Call and Gus got tough.
The most interesting part is... the deadman's walk; chilling with the amazing surviving spirit of mankind... and how tough Texas was to settle.
I kind of predicted the ending to some extent, but was glad it was written with surprise.
It has a follow up and while I didn't love the book, I do need to get the next one to see how things progress.
Will Patton is such an excellent narrator that I purchased this book for his work. I truly liked the characters in this book, but it is awfully bloody. I fast forwarded through many gory, detailed descriptions. I'm trying the next book if it is as bloody and cruel I'll probably give up on the series.
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