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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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fun

brutal western, but good.

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  • lauren
  • BLEIBLERVILLE, TX, United States
  • 03-20-17

Best book and narrator!

I could not put this one down! The narrator is awesome his voice and dialect is perfect for the characters!

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Could have used a Villan that could be killed.....

I like the characters so much but I would like to see why they got so famous. it seems they got famous for suffering a long walk as prisoners. It needed a Villan that could be eliminated by the Rangers in a final showdown.

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audio is same as book

Amazing storyteller haha. Such a good reader. AMD the story follows the book exactly if anyone else is going a book report.

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A Little Gruesome

The plot is not complicated, and not all that different from many other western adventure novels, but the adventures themselves are quite amazing. There is a lot of gruesomeness in this book. It makes me sad to think of the inhumane things we humans are sometimes willing to perpetrate against our fellow humans.

I'm sitting the fence right now as to whether I will read the other two books in this series (Lonsome Dove being the fourth book and the only other one I have read). McMurtry is a very good writer and from that standpoint I do want to finish the series. But the gruesomeness is a little overwhelming, and from that standpoint I don't want to finish it. I came to care about the characters in this story, and that made it all the harder to "witness" as it were, the evil that is so easily committed against so many good men and women. But either way, I have to take a break from the heaviness of this book and next read something a little lighter.

The narrator, Will Patton, is absolutely fabulous. Ok, his French suffered a little bit, but the only French character was in the book for just a short time, and we all got over it. Every other characterization was top notch.

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Great background on great characters

A great foundation to build upon to establish two of the genre's most memorable characters.

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was great up until the ending

Thee narrator was great.
The ending was rushed and didn't fit the book.
a good story though, none the less.

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Great book!

This is a great story. I could not put it down. The narrator did a great job as well. I have already purchased the next book in the series and will look for more information the series from this author.

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Very enjoyable prequel

If you enjoyed Lonesome Dove and Streets of Loredo, this is very good to go back to how it began. Woodrow Call and Guys Macrae, two very well thought out characters.

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Magnificent narration and story

I'm making my way through all of McMurty's works - Will Patton's narration of this book is of equal quality to the narrator for Lonesome Dove and you owe it to yourself to let Patton read this tale for you! Great, brutal, beautiful adventures of the West.

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