Dead Man's Walk

Dead Man's Walk

Book - 1995
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Dead Man's Walk is the first, extraordinary book in the epic Lonesome Dove tetralogy, in which Larry McMurtry breathed new life into the vanished American West and created two of the most memorable heroes in contemporary fiction: Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call. As young Texas Rangers, Gus and Call have much to learn about survival in a land fraught with perils: not only the blazing heat and raging tornadoes, roiling rivers and merciless Indians but also the deadly whims of soldiers. On their first expeditions--led by incompetent officers and accompanied by the robust, dauntless whore known as the Great Western--they will face death at the hands of the cunning Comanche war chief Buffalo Hump and the silent Apache Gomez. They will be astonished by the Mexican army. And Gus will meet the love of his life.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1995
ISBN: 9780684807539
Branch Call Number: FIC McMu
Characteristics: 477 p


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May 07, 2019

I haven't read "Lonesome Dove" or "Streets of Laredo" yet, but decided to begin the LD series in chronological order based on when the books's events were set. "Dead Man's Walk" is first, followed by "Comanche Moon," both of which were published after LD and "Streets of Laredo." I found DMW to be a page-turner with suspense and plenty of trials for Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call.

Oct 16, 2016

Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call [Lonesome Dove] as young men join the Texas Rangers. By a fun bit of trickery with time and history McMurtry involves them in the Texas Santa Fe Expedition of 1841 which in this rendition ends as the Mier Expedition.... Don't attempt to get your history from this one, but it's an amusing revisiting of the two later heroes of Lonesome Dove before the ever dreamed of renting pigs.


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