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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.
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.
'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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A Great story kept me enthralled all the way through, couldn't put it down, quite a nice change from the detective series, great stuff !Published 19 months ago by Davey
A gripping tale of the birth pangs of the Texas Republic and the start of the Holland dynasty. A good read!Published on 4 May 2015 by John N.
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. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by Mr Gordon Davidson
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... Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2013 by MRS B JONES
A story both lyrical in form & brutal in portrayal. Another good 'un from Burke, a history lesson and a cracking tale.Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by J. F. Middleton
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