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Two For Texas by [Burke, James Lee]
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Book Description

An honest and compelling novel from the award-winning author of the Dave Robicheaux series, James Lee Burke.

About the Author

James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, several 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • 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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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really think all his books are 5 star books though I know not every one will agree. I have been converted to a James Lee Burke fan and don't know what to look for when I have exhausted the published titles.
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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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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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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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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2015
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I haven’t read any of James Lee Burke’s novels before this one, so I really don’t know how they compare to his others, but I will certainly be reading more in the future. This is a terrific little tale from a Texan author about the early days of Texas. The book starts in the Louisiana swamps and ends up at the famous battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Historic figures like Sam Houston, Jim Bowie and Deaf Smith are featured with Davy Crockett getting a mention in despatches, but it is the films two central fictional characters that illuminate this story. Hugh Allison is the wall eyed villain who teams up with young Tennessean Son Holland. The two are an unlikely pairing which makes the banter especially entertaining. The older Allison is a born survivor who has probably committed most crimes known to man, whilst Son is the innately decent young man who brings the best out in Holland. Whilst Holland brings out what little spark of decency lies buried deep in the heart of Allison, the old con teaches Son a few survival skills. The story is full of humour with Allison’s colourful frontier language providing a rich seam of humour. The lawlessness of early Texas is captured perfectly and what with the Comanches, scalp hunters, slave hunters, murderous prison guards and Santa Anna’s army on the march, our two characters find it hard to simply stay alive. A great little read!
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