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5.0 out of 5 starsMore fact than fiction
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2013
This was my introduction to Matt Braun's works. Having spent all my childhood in the canyons around Plainview and Amarillo and exploring Palo Duro, my imagination was carried away by Braun's descriptions and depictions of the early ranchers of the area. The big ranches are still there today and still run by the descendants of the characters in the book.
Because I like the old series of the Brannocks and it tied everything together. The only thing that I don't like is there doesn't seem to be any more "Brannock" stories in the pipe. I've forwarded this to one of my "mature" friends that loves a good western. He is now "hooked" on Matt Braun and the Brannocks.
4.0 out of 5 starsFarewell, hopefully not for long, to the Brannocks....
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2016
Sadly, this is the last of the four novels about the Brannock brothers. The last surviving brother, Clint, gallops off into the sunset -- just like in a Hollywood movie. I'm hoping the author will continue the series with the new generation of Brannocks -- Lon, Hank, Morg and Jennifer. Braun is, to me, a new breed of Western writers who deals in realism -- not glamorizing outlaws like Bat Masterson, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, etc. -- showing them as psychopathic, cold blooded killers without a conscience. The same for the women, such as Belle Starr who is nothing like Gene Tierney in the highly romanticized story of her life in the b-movie "Belle Star: Bandit Queen." Instead, she is described as a "singularly unattractive woman. She was horse-faced, with a lantern jaw and bloodless lips and beady close-set eyes. Her figure was mannish, with wide hips and shoulders, almost no breasts." The novel was an enjoyable read -- hopefully open-ended so that Brannock saga can continue.