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4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good prequel
OK, first off this is not quite as good as Lonesome Dove, but it's not bad either. It charts Gus and Call's rise through the ranks of the Rangers and the changing times they're living in. Once again there's emotion in every paragraph and McMurtry never shies away from the less savoury aspects of those who lived in the west, whatever their race. There's brutality, beauty,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The end of the trail
'Comanche Moon' is the prequel to the Pullitzer prize winning 'Lonesome Dove' and is the last in the series of books following the adventures of Texas Rangers Captain Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae. Although the book is not bad, it never reaches the heights of 'Lonesome Dove', the first in the series, and it really looks time for the two rangers to hang up their...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good prequel, 19 April 2011
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OK, first off this is not quite as good as Lonesome Dove, but it's not bad either. It charts Gus and Call's rise through the ranks of the Rangers and the changing times they're living in. Once again there's emotion in every paragraph and McMurtry never shies away from the less savoury aspects of those who lived in the west, whatever their race. There's brutality, beauty, poignancy, humour and pathos from the first page right through to the last.

If I have any major complaint it's that the third part (the book's divided into three sections) feels a little too rushed and jumps too far ahead of the preceding section. For all that, it remains a fine and rewarding read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, 25 Sep 2013
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As with the other books in the Lonesome Dove tale, its a great read, a true western. The four books together tell a truly memorable story of life in another era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Commanche Moon, 18 May 2012
I have just finished this book for the second time after first reading in 1994. The passing years have helped me enjoy it more this time as I appreciated a wider picture throughout the reading. What makes the book special is the authors ability to tell a story in every chapter which is evocative and connected with the bigger tale unfolding. It also presents the main characters in an excellent context at a different time in their existence enabling us to clearly picture the earlier development of people who would later be central to Lonesome Dove and Streets of Laredo. The mixture of humour violence and pathos is interwoven against a history portrayed inaccurately by many writers. McMurtery is a master at managing the pace of the book and the depictions of Call and McCrae could not be better scripted. A truly great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's good...but it's not Lonesome Dove, 5 April 2014
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The obvious problem with prequels is that you know what's coming later. Having prior knowledge of the fates of Gus, Blue Duck, Call et al, inevitably detracts from much of the potential tension in the narrative. Having said that it is still a ripping yarn, but the writing style is in some way more nave than in Lonesome Dove, which also lessened the overall impact of the book for me. Definitely rates one star less than LD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery as rapid as any UK order, 7 Mar 2014
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Book as described and an excellent read. After watching Lonesome Dove for the third time the Mcmurty books fill a void.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mcmurtry rides again, 12 Dec 2013
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really good book but suggest reading previous novels in series 1st to get the fullest enjoyment as characters enter and leave as it goes along & some have been killed off in earlier books but are referred to & mentioned in other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read., 13 Oct 2013
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Only the second western I have ever read in over 50 years of reading. Very unusual in the way it concentrates on the thoughts of people on both sides of the conflict. Disappointing though that an American author refers to a repeating rifle, before the Civil war as a Winchester when it was actually manufactured as a Henry until 1866.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comamche Moon, 11 Sep 2013
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Recently introduced to the work of Larry McMurtry.

This book is well written and and has a great action packed story.
Recommended for Western fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comanche Moon, 9 Sep 2013
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Larry McMurtry is a wonderful writer- capturing not just the flavour of the West but with a talent for fleshing out even the most minor of his characters. I love the way he uses humour in sometimes unexpected ways. I came to his books through the 'Lonesome Dove' mini series with Robert Duvall as Gus McCrae and Tommy Lee Jones as Woodrow Call. They were obviously the perfect casting choices because e reading the books chronologically starting with 'Dead Man's Walk' their characters leap off the page fully formed.

I am still reading this book- having caught the other prequel TV series [ including this one] I know what happens in the main but that doesn't spoil the book in any way. We have three men caught in uncomfortable romantic situations - Gus having lost his enduring love Clara- moved away & married- Call spending time with a pregnant Maggie but unwilling to commit not because of her profession but because he doesn't want to give up rangering & settle down and Long Bill returning to town after an Indian raid to find his adored wife 'spoiled' because of rape.

Read the books in order and give yourself a real treat- wonderful writing- great stories!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 15 July 2013
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Have enjoyed reading the further adventures of gus and call, this is my 3rd book in the series, which I have not read in order, but it does not detract from the pleasure of reading
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