Peyton Lewis and Fletcher Rucker are two humble Rebel boys whose innocence was destroyed in the bloody wreckage of the Civil War. Young and desperate, they fall in with a scheme to rob a bank but are totally unprepared for the violence that ensues. Sickened by the carnage and wanton cruelty that they have witnessed, Lewis and Rucker take their cut and join the migration of those who see the possibility of a new beginning in the wilderness of the Texas frontier.
Along the way they meet rogues, killers...and two exceptional women: the tortured Molly Klinner, a woman who has also suffered dearly by the ravages of the war, and Gabriel Johnson, an Eastern beauty who decided to join the Texas migration on a lark--but will soon learn the true meaning of humanity. Together, the four travelers will weather the travails that the new frontier offers them--but will they manage to carve out a new life?
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Its title culled from a saying popular among displaced Confederates after the Civil War, Wright's latest western (after The Woodsman) is a competent but unsubtle blend of familiar themes wrapped around a sophomoric romance between a tough young outlaw and a pitifully soiled dove in postwar Missouri, Kansas and Texas. Young outlaws and rebel partisans Peyton Lewis and his cousin Fletcher Rucker are on the run from Yankee lawmen when they encounter Molly Klinner, a hard-boiled teenage trollop who sees Lewis as her only means of escape from a life of forced prostitution. The three ill-prepared travelers endure a murderer's ambush and a plains blizzard before hitching a ride on a passing stagecoach, which carries them to even greater danger from cowardly passengers and scalp-hunting Comanches. A spirited defense of a burned-out stage station under Indian attack thins the cast of characters considerably, leaving the air filled with gunsmoke and a lot of folks filled with arrows. Wright scores big with the excitement of gunplay and Indian fights, but his characters are right out of Hollywood casting, while his plot inescapably calls to mind films such as John Wayne's Stagecoach and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales, each far more original and enjoyable than this merely entertaining ride.
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A good tale well told.
Gone to Texas
Thank you for bringing post Civil War and Texas history to life. We forget our American roots: white, black and red. The author fairly depicted all. And the struggle between peoples trying to conquer a harsh new land and conquer a new civilization.
An Entirely Different Wales.
Although I purchased this book because it was referenced by "The Outlaw Josey Wales", I found it even more riveting than Wales and just as exciting, particularly the true events upon which this story was based.