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5.0 out of 5 stars tersely written Western transcends the genre., 8 Dec 1998
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This review is from: St.Agnes' Stand (Paperback)
You Britons have all the luck! St. Agnes Last Stand is virtually unavailable in the US. The copy I read around the first of October ('98) has since travelled through dozens of States and at least as many hands. It is that kind of book, the kind that doesn't collect dust on a shelf, a story passed from friend to friend. Set somewhere (probably New Mexico) in the high southwestern desert during the later part of the 19th century this is the story of the fateful intersection in the lives of the redoubtable heroine St. Agnes, a resourceful but rootless Cowboy drifter on the run, and a terrifying band of Mimbres Apache. The book will satisfy anyone looking for a gripping escapist adventure.It is a thoroughly entertaining story. It is also absolutely spot-on in authenticity with the time, setting and characters rendered with complete authority. The reader's knowledge of the time and place will grow with the reading. But the most interesting part of the book is the way the author, like a clever angler, uses this gripping tale to lure us into involvement with the characters as they are forced by harrowing circumstances to consider the spiritual intersection of their respective faith, free-will and fate. Mother says the shortest sermons are the hardest to write and greatest ones are always short. This story in it's brevity and focus is reminiscent of the best of Hemingway. It is as unforgetable as it is enjoyable.
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2013 13:41:45 BDT
agree entireely with reviews here. Have bought and loaned out this book to so many people, will have to buy another copy because I found after reading I could dip into any page and enjoy again the conversationional story telling. I have now read 3 more of this authors books but St Agnes I treasure
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