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
Retired Ex-Pat living Near San Jose, Costa Rica.
Burke is as good as it gets. Every time I think I could be a novelist, I read ANYTHING of his and realize that he sets the standard and I have far far to go.
This may be (I HOPE!) a starter novel to see reader reactions. Well, my reaction is EXCELLENT. I say starter as the novel is quite short... about 5 hours. I so wanted it to go on, but Burke resolves all threads and ends it with me wanting more. I doubt Birke reads these reviews but if he is doing so... Write more on Son and Hugh!
Somehow, the publishers summary was pretty correct... something that as we know does not always happen... so if I write much more, it might spoil for others, but just a hint...
We meet Jim Bowie, Sam Houston, come close to Davy Crockett...
Will Patton is so good he is scary. Stealing a comment from another reviewer, he could read the US tax code and make it interesting.
One of our two heroes, Hugh... well... it's Clete from some of Burke's other fine books. I recognized it instantly, but it is not even a minor distraction.
Get the book. I guarantee that the five hours you will spend will only improve your life!
The historical aspect of this novel was wonderful. Meeting Houston and Bowie were so cool. As a kid I remember these 2 historical figures. Also the humor is off the chart. I kept laughing out loud many times.
Hugh by far. One of the best and funniest characters Burke has produced. Old, salty, lippy, and one eyed. I fell in love with this character immediately.
Every one that is available on Audible. I loved this one. I put this performance near the top.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly visit Texas.
Burke is the best living American author.
Great story line.
What happened at the Alamo.
I LOVED how he had a different voice for each character. I almost felt like a knew them.
When Sun went back for White Man's Woman.
Will Patton is a wonderful narrater. I especially enjoy James Lee Burke's discriptive writing.
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
I consider James Lee Burke one of my all-time favorite authors and he has written so many books that it's pretty darn hard to call any one book one of his best.
Having said that, I will say that this one is my favorite since Tin Roof Blowdown and easily "Among his Best". That may not make sense since Tin Roof Blowdown was written in 2007 and this one was written in 1982. The answer is that Two for Texas was not published on Audible until 1/1/2013.
I sure wish he would have continued this story and written more on these characters. It sounds like many other reviewers agree, but I doubt we will get our wish. If he does read or get wind of these reviews, I would cast a vote to give us another!!
Will Patton is also among the best and does a great job on this one as well.
This one is a can't miss JLB.... my advice is DON'T MISS IT!!
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.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
It's a brutal story about brutal men. Still, there are unforgettable characters and enough of Burke's amazing story telling ability to recommend to most.
It begins with a descriptive tale of Louisiana prison life in the early 19th century. Not pleasant in the least, but surprisingly familiar to the prison portrayed in Cool Hand Luke. Most of the book revolves around the escape of two men, the main characters.( No spoiler here, all this foretold in the first paragraph.)
Hugh Allison is a 19th century version of Clete Purcell.
No question it was Allison, Son Holland seemed just to be along for the ride.
It was so violent I felt like I was in the midst of it.
I loved Hugh. My husband and I listened to this story on the way to the ocean and found ourselves listening and chuckling to Hugh, the most interesting character in a long time. We find ourselves using quotes from him for spicing up conversations (spicing being the key word).
James Lee Burke is one of the best authors we have listened to in a long time. This is the third book I have from Audible by him (and read by Patton) and have recommended it to all to my friends, who like me spend a lot of time on the road with work. I have put 3 more of Burke stories on my wish list and plan on getting Rain Gods tomorrow when my next credit comes through.
wherever James Lee Burke takes you, there you are. this book is a trip to the Alamo. The book is too short but every single minute of it is worth the read. The narration is fantastic. I think I have read almost all of Burke's stories and this one is a good yarn. His descriptions of the old west make you smell it and feel the grit in your teeth.
The historical content
The Texas and Louisana connection
All Of his Burke readings. Compares very well.
Burke tells it like it is/was.
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