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Publisher's Summary

It’s 1951. The Thebes State Penal Farm in Mississippi is up a dark river, surrounded by swamps and impenetrable piney woods. It’s the Old South at its most brutal - a place of violence, racial terror, and even more horrific rumors. Of the few who make the journey, black or white, even fewer return.

But in that year, two men will come to Thebes. The first is Sam Vincent, the former prosecuting attorney of Polk County, Arkansas who, with great misgivings, accepts a job to investigate a disappearance. Before he leaves on this dangerous trip, he confesses his fears to his former investigator Earl Swagger, now a sergeant of the Arkansas State Police. Earl pledges that if Sam is not back by a certain time, he will come looking for him.

What they encounter there is something beyond their wildest imagining of evil. The dying black town is ruled by white deputies on horseback who are more like an occupying army and the only escape is over the wild currents of the dark river that drowns as many people as it liberates. But nothing in town compares to the prison. Run by an aging madman with insane theories of racial purity, it is administered by a brutal sergeant known as Bigboy. The convicts call him The Whip Man - he can take a man’s soul with his nine feet of braided catgut.

Both Sam and Earl will be challenged to the limits of their strength by this place and will struggle not only for their own survival, but with the question: What does a man do when confronted with evil?

©2008 Stephen Hunter (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Good Story with Strong Characters

The story will keep you interested. It is a little slow in the middle of the book, but it picks up well and finishes strong. Characters are very well-developed. The narrator is fantastic!

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Historical detective novel (1950ish)

Set in Mississippi around 1950 the racist aspects of PALE HORSE COMING may be realistic but the use of the N-word is excessive, offensive, and tiring to the point of angering me. The story is okay, but nothing special. I usually like this author's works. Eric G. Dove's narration is excellent.

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excellent read

excellent book love all the swagger books Stephen hunter knows how to tell a great story and keep you enterained

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spell binding and captivating!

I loved it. great story line and awesome narrator. Stephen Hunter's books are ingenious. Thanks

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Great story! Great narration!

Great story! This book held my attention from beginning to end. The book was made even better by the outstanding narration!

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More Earl Swagger, love him or hate him

What did you love best about Pale Horse Coming?

Was a great fix of more cowboy lawman. Wish Hunter would have continued in this vain rather that the sniper series.

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Still looking for another "cowboy lawman" to follow.

Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Goes on in some detail about the science of ballistics, take it or leave it?

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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These are fantastic books!

Loved every second! E.G. Dove performance is second to none!
You can't put them down! Start with Hot Springs and listen or read them all!

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Love it

I read the story and then listened to it on audio. It’s a great story. Has a western feel and heroes unlike the current trend of super heroes.

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An exciting suspenseful book

Not what I expected - much more suspenseful than I anticipated. One of those books that starts off slow that your'e not sure that you want to read the next chapter, but a story that builds and has an exciting ending with a "feel good" last chapter.

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An absolute masterpiece

Stephen Hunter is the best thriller writer on the planet. I’m eagerly anticipating his next work.

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Thoroughly enjoyable scarcely story.

This story is not for the faint hearted and is pretty confronting, but as usual is masterfully told. Eric G Dove performs another masterful narration which adds realism to the tale that makes you almost feel like you are there. Another great read and highly enjoyable in the Swagger storyline.