This James Lee Burke novel, featuring Son Holland - the great-grandfather of Burke's Billy Bob Holland - as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow, is now available in audio.
©2000 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
Yes - JLB always stands up to multiple readings. The plot, characters, narrative voice, humour, and depth of emotion in this story make it a very rewarding experience
Anytime Hugh is knocking around. Or Deaf. Will Patton's delivery is brilliant, particularly for these two characters.
Hugh or Deaf!
Nobody should ever be permitted to read James Lee Burke other than Will Patton. I'm addicted.
... And Will Patton should play Sun Holland.
Not to sound like a member of the heard, but this story is Amazing ;)
There is certainly a recognition of characters from prior series, but I think that is part of the magic. The flow of the story blends perfectly with the writers in-depth description of this flawless and surprising tale from the past. Though it is fiction, I found myself googling the main characters to try and see where their story ends.
To anybody ready to pass on this novel because of its short length, Don't you dare! This is a must hear. A captivating, one- sitting, listen with a satisfying finish.
Thank you JLB.
James Lee Burke is such a skilled writer. His descriptive phrases bring sharp images to the imagination. This is a small book, but the story did not seem small. It moved along briskly. The characters that he created seemed so real, one would almost think he actually knew them and shared firsthand in their real life adventures. The narrator was nothing short of fabulous. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a terrific story and great characters, regardless of how one feels about western genre books. This one is special.
The story starts with life in a prison camp. It’s cruel and bad and depressing. Then the two guys escape, and they’re on the run. It’s hard. This is not a fun read. But it was a good story. It turns into some historical fiction with Sam Houston leading the Texans against the Mexicans. The Alamo and the battle at San Jacinto are included.
I really enjoyed the character Hugh. He was nasty. I wouldn’t want to be him or do what he does, but he makes being an older guy “cool.” I don’t mind being older if I can be like him. (Don’t get me wrong, I hope I am never like him, but ...) His survival instincts were amazing. He was crafty, competent, impressive, cantankerous, ornery, and a good decision maker in desperate circumstances. He was always getting into trouble, couldn’t keep his mouth shut, insulted the wrong people, and not good at keeping a job. I liked Hugh even though I shouldn’t.
The other main character was Son. What an honorable guy, his honesty kept coming out.
I loved the narrator Will Patton. He is now one of my favorite narrators.
Genre: historical fiction, prison fiction
Did not read the print version.
Any of the "Holland" series by James Lee Burke. He captures western landscapes and characters in a very insightful and artful way. I love the way he handles language.
Yes, he does a great job with Burke's novels. I believe he could do other authors equally well, but I have not personally heard them. There's something about his voice that really captures the mood of the story.
Just loved it - well researched, believable, and well told.
Another masterful book by JL Burke, simply amazing. How we as readers are led from a Louisiana prison camp following the trail of 2 dubious cons to 2 heroes of one of the most iconic historical battles in American history is what makes reading & listening to a great narrator such as Will Patton tell this marvellously human story of guts & determination seeing it to a rightful end. Wish I could give it 6 stars. Well done all
Another enjoyable read by Burke and outstanding narration by Will Patton. At just over 5 hours a relatively short novel compared to Burkes others and was just right for a 6 hour day trip. As always the characters are great, the descriptions vivid, and the learnings of the past interesting.
This story is standard Burke fair. This time the protagonist is not a drunk, although his partner is. This one is one of the better books written from a historical aspect. Much of the information is accurate regarding real people and events. I will read/listen to anything Burke writes and Patton narrates. While the violence is there it is not as lurid or pervasive as some of the others he has written. I did like the ending, and the beginning of the Holland family saga.
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