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Two For Texas

Two For Texas [Kindle Edition]

James Lee Burke
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An evocative novel set during the Texas revolution from award-winning author James Lee Burke.

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Son Holland arrived in the Louisiana penal camp determined not to spend the rest of his days suffering in a chain gang - but he didn't imagine for one minute that in order to escape he would need to kill a man. Terrified for his life, he flees the state across the river to Texas, taking with him a beautiful Indian squaw and a fellow prisoner. And as they make their way towards General Houston's infamous Texas Rangers they find themselves in the midst of the final tragic battle for the Alamo.

TWO FOR TEXAS has all the lyrical beauty and powerful storytelling of James Lee Burke at his very best.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786889705
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (10 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TO59V4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the Edgar Award in 1998 for Cimarron Rose, while Black Cherry Blues won the Edgar in 1990 and Sunset Limited was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western departure suits James Lee Burke 1 July 2009
By Kentspur VINE VOICE
James Lee Burke, the creator of the Robicheaux detective series, is a fascinating writer. His image-laden prose can soar out of the confines of the genre fiction he works in and offer tremendous insight, almost magically composed.

In Two for Texas, the discipline of the Western genre suits this style well and the weaknesses of his later works - confusing plots, lazy villain caricatures, are avoided. His prose is spare, lean and - like the early Robicheaux novels - a lot is conveyed through clever dialogue. The early scenes of this book - with the hero Son Holland and his wise buddy Hugh Allison in prison - are the best. The penal system of the Deep South is something that Burke returns to in his work and he really knows his stuff, plus he can convey the futility and misery of such a life extremely effectively.

As the plot crosses the South and gets caught up in the Texas Revolution - Jim Bowie and all - the story falters a little. We kind of know all this. However I would strongly recommend people buy this book to get a master class in stark, engrossing fiction. I cannot agree with the reviewer who says this isn't well written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not JLB's Best 15 Jun 2011
For a relatively short book Two for Texas covers a lot of ground. It starts with an account of the grim reality of life in the Louisiana penal system in the early 1800's and goes on to tell much of the history of the Texas Revolution. As a huge fan of the author I have to say that this early piece does not have the raging power of his later books. The first part of the story is, though, very well told as we follow Son Holland's life in the penitentiary and his ultimate escape, with a fellow prisoner, through the assisted murder of a prison guard. As the pair are chased into Texas they set out to track down General Houston's Texas Rangers and enlist. At this point, the story evolves into a history of the key events and characters of the time (Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett are both featured) but here the characterisation is somewhat lost and the big events take over. We follow Son as he witnesses the battle of the Alamo and takes part in the final battle of San Jacinto, where Santa Anna's forces are finally defeated. All good stuff, but I think I'd rather have followed Son's more personal journey through this second half of the book.
If (like me) you are not aware of the historical significance of the Revolution and where legendary events like the battle of the Alamo fit in then this will fill in some gaps. But if you're seeking out Burke's best work then give this a miss and read anything he wrote from 1986 onwards; in fact start with Neon Rain and you'll see what this brilliant author really has to offer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed look at the 'Wild West' 9 Aug 2006
During the golden age of the Western, Hollywood would have us believe that, although a dangerous place, it was relatively clean and anyone could live there. As time progressed newer films and TV shows such as 'Deadwood' highlighted that a lot of the West was full of dirty criminals who fled there to live outside the law and use as much crass language as they wished.

'Two for Texas' is in keeping with this modern look at the West. We follow two escaped convicts as they try to keep one step ahead of the posse out to find them. They get involved with adventures with Native Americans, Mexicans and even the Alamo!

Burke tries to keep an authentic feel throughout by using the language of the day and keeping all the setting in the dirty and disgusting way they would be. Reading the way he describes the West is definitely the best part of this novel. Limitations come in the narrative itself. It is quite linear and not always as believable as I would like. This is the first novel I have ever read about the Wild West and it had peaked my interest to read another - perhaps one with a story as good as its descriptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 2 Mar 2014
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This is a physically short book which is long on quality. Burke's style is to write very masculine prose that deals with violence in very matter-of-fact terms. Yet he also writes in almost poetic terms about the simple pleasures and beauty to be found in every day life and especially in nature.

This book is effectively a back-story of the Holland family that appears in a good many of his other books. If you've enjoyed them you will be fascinated by this one. It is set during the Texan war for independence against Mexico and provides an interesting perspective on the pivotal battles of that time.

It is the dialogue however that is the books best feature. Earthy, humorous and above all believable.

Pass the grits.
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James Lee Burke re-visits familiar territory geographically, sociologically and spiritually. This is a story where the bad-good guys really do turn out well, or as well as can be expected under the circumstances and in one case even better.
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