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"A bullet to the front of the head demonstrates good marksmanship. A bullet to the back of the head demonstrates good judgment."

So quotes John Wesley Hardin, one of the infamous killers of the old west. But, like modern day killer Henry Lee Lucas, was he more of a bragger than a killer? Or was he more of a serial killer than a gun slinger? Was it the loss of his only love, Jane Bowen that drove him over the edge? Or was he just born to be a killer? Find out.

Author Brian Lee Tucker takes a new perspective on the many tales about John Wesley Hardin, painting a completely different picture of the man who claimed to have killed 42 people without feeling any remorse or guilt, and even bragging about his heinous crimes.

©2017 Brian Lee Tucker (P)2017 Brian Lee Tucker

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One of the best but just the beginning

From the first chapter to the last, this book was one tough hombre to set down. My interest in this period of American History was greatly served. One should keep in mind that much of the stories of the legendary gunslingers [Both, the popular ones as well as the lesser knowns] are subject to interpretation as there was very little factual documentation of the characters themselves. This, in itself, leaves room for speculation as much of the information relied on "word of mouth" from various sources with varying opinions. I found it a more realistic accounting on the subject of gunfighters and less of the hollywood facade that many people accept. Really great listening for any true western buff.

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Favorite writer

I loved this first installment of the True Criminal Minds, Volume I series and have actually just finished the second book of the series because I am so hooked on them. I love the way that Lee paints a vivid picture of the landscape in this unique world and the characters within it. But this This Western Outlaw John Wesley Hardin is a must listen for any Lee tucker fan and so far this is definitely my favorite of his books that I have listened.

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A great biography.

Best biography of Hardin out there. This book is very informative and tries to piece as much of Hardin's actual life and deeds and put them into an understandable and believable perspective, while addressing Hardin's fancies and the legends and tales about him.

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GREAT writer. For the money spent

Nobody brings out evil like Brian Lee Tucker. Whether it's The Candy Man of Houston. Serial Killer or Hit-Man. Or, Ed Gein. He always leaves me wanting more information on the bad guys. So, I'm going to download The Serial Killer Diaries tonight.

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Another masterpiece

Anyone who loves westerns, the hardness of many Eastwood characters, and the world of magic, will dive willingly into this adventure over and over. The book doesn't read like someone wrote it more like it was many people who told the story. I love it and would suggest it to anyone with a love of western history.

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Something new and fresh

This book should be listen as exactly that...an introduction. Not just an introduction to John Wesley Hardin, our not so pure knight errant. Or perhaps he is pure; he is pure of purpose, letting not even love bar him from his goal. This book is also an introduction to a new interpretation of the multiverse. Who is to say this is fantasy, rather than a reality we had never before considered?

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Superlative from start to finish!

After finishing the book, it wasn't the numerous killings that effected me, but more of a realization of how and why many people were so angry during reconstruction. The book shows the point of view from the perspective of people who felt they definitely had grievances against the authoritative northern backed policies. John Wesley Hardin backed his extreme views with his gun.

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John Wesley Hardin lived in a time when.....

John Wesley Hardin lived in a time when the gun was the law of the west. If someone threatened you or your family, the gun was the solution. I'm sure he was no angel, but there were times he tried to do the right thing. He worked at various trades, became a lawyer and earned a living for his family. But always, someone looking for his own 15 minutes of fame came looking for him, to test the Hardin reputation for expertise with a gun. One thing that can be said in Hardin's defense, is that he never shot a man in the back of the head, as was done to him. The book ends abruptly because it was never finished. His intelligence and grammar were consistent with the standards of the day, since "schooling" was not easily obtained. We will never know the truth about this man, but we DO know that law enforcement in those early times was often as corrupt as the outlaws it pursued. So was he a bad man or just misunderstood? I think he just did what he felt he had to do to survive and protect his family.
Author Brian really takes a new perspective on the many tales about John Wesley Hardin and hopefully more to come...

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A Fine Work of Literature

I have read The Gunslinger three times now, and I enjoy it every time through listening. I hope it is made into films (or tv series) as Internet buzz suggests it might! But nothing could compare to listening the books for oneself. The book reaffirms why Brian Lee Tucker remains my favorite author!

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Going to open up my mind more

My imagination ran wild while listening this book! Previously, I only read/listen non-fiction books from notable physicist. Now, I'm going to open up my mind more by listening more fiction books like Brian Lee Tucker. I feel like I'm using a different mind muscle when I'm reading fiction about the world and the universe. In doing so, I'm sure I'll be able to enjoy and appreciate the environment and wonderful universe a lot more, similar to the great science genius Stephen Hawking.

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  • Beverly
  • 10-28-19

Western Entertainment!

This is a fascinating book that I found very hard to put down. Mr. Brian Lee Tucker's writing style is very folksy and engaging, yet quite scholarly. He neither presents Hardin as a hero, nor does he pass judgement: the facts speak for themselves.
Now on to the next Brian Lee Tucker book! This reviewer will definitely listen them all.

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  • John
  • 10-28-19

Outstanding

This book is a huge mystery in just figuring out what in the world is going on. It is very surreal. If you do not like surrealism, then you may not like this book; however, the book is well written and does consume one into an entirely new universe with guns blazing and strange monsters. The other books most likely will build upon the mythos of the world and I look forward to listening them.

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  • Cherie
  • 10-28-19

Great outlaw book

This was an interesting book, if the listener is trying to get a feel for what life was like in some areas of rural Texas after the Civil War. I didn't listen it expecting a book by a polished author, so the somewhat stilted writing didn't bother me. But I do live in the area where John Wesley Hardin traveled during his life and know it was a rough period in history.

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  • Martin
  • 10-28-19

Get to know West

I absolutely love it. The story is very new and fresh and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The characters are really dynamic and seem to come alive thanks to Lee's exceptional writing. The elements of fantasy are really enjoyable, but the ties to our world take this story to a whole new level. It has everything from the sky scrapers of NY to demons bears in jungles of other worlds. This book is a real treat to listen to.

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  • Samuel Freeman
  • 10-28-19

Forty times a killer

Outstanding piece of literary work on John Wesley Hardin. A man who was a product and a victim of the reconstruction era that Texas was forced to endure by the ruthless Northerners who had their own brand of revenge.

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  • Arlene Vela
  • 10-28-19

Great book about the old west.

I bought the Kindle version as well and it was a positive experience to see the color illustrations, use the X feature that presents a time line for the important characters, and to search easily the Dark Tower Wiki via the Google link. I love Mr. Brian's style of integrating current language, customs, and preoccupations with his universe building fiction.

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  • Thomas Buchanan
  • 09-29-19

Hard to put the book down

This is a great listen. Matter of fact the all series of the Brian Lee Tucker is a GREAT listen. Really hard to put the book down once you start. This is about Western Outlaw of John Wesley Hardin. I liked it so much that I have the whole series. Now I am waiting to see if a movie is made regarding this story.

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  • Lori Bell
  • 10-28-19

Best book on John Wesley Hardin

There were several other interesting things in the book, such as: the loyalty of rural families, the struggle to earn a decent wage, the difficulties of traveling over large areas, the excessive drinking and gambling, and finally, the way he managed to survive so long while being hunted, (knowing exactly who to trust, who would help him, and who to stay away from).

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  • Rosella Duran
  • 10-28-19

A great life story well told!

I just discovered the series, I love it. I'm glad I wasn't into it before now - waiting between installments would have made me crazy! I didn't have the problem some folks did with getting into The Gunslinger - for me it was not a difficult understanding. However, for those who felt that it was ploddy, stick with it because it does set up the story for the rest of the series.

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  • Betty Lope
  • 10-28-19

Awesome and Interesting

Only thing is that it didn't came with plastic protective cover. I'm new in this wonderful world that everybody call books and tales so I don't exactly know if it is supposed to come with the protective plastic, However the book came in excellent shape. 10/10 recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-17

found it hard to listen to the narrator so i one

found it hard to listen to the narrator so i only listened to about 25%of the book