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A Man Called Outlaw

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Gritty and Gut-Wrenching Good

    I really, really like this story. Why? Because it's a big 'ol western, raw and real. It's got gut-wrenching bravery and desperate cowardice. Dare I say it? It has True Grit. It also puts me in mind of another great classic film, The Big Country (Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons).
    K.M. Weiland's A Man Called Outlaw unwinds with restless tension that keeps on building right up to the final pages. She weaves into it a cast of characters who act ruthless, jealous, resilient, naïve, desperate, heroic. I had a bit of difficulty, at first, going back and forth between the two periods of time some 30 years apart in the story. But once the plot sucked me in a little deeper, I found it so riveting that the transitions smoothed out.
    I read only about one in ten books that I can't put down. This was one of them.
    Of course, as another reviewer mentioned, it's a bittersweet story. We know early on that the Outlaw is dead, but we don't know why. And as his story unfolds, we cheer for him. We want him to live.
    But in fact, it's not really his story. It's Shane Lassiter's story. And when all the threads finally tie together, it's satisfying, even in its harsh realism.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011


    There is no doubt that KM Weiland is an amazing author. I am usually not a big historical fiction fan, (but I love a good western) but Weiland took me back to a time and place only recognized through history and tales, and she did so, effortlessly. Amazing characterizations and a plot that thickens and remedies with great emotion. I will certainly revisit this piece again.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    A thoughtful, engaging, book

    I loved this book. I waited a long time to get it and was really happy to finally get a chance to read it.

    Initially I was a little disoriented by how the the story went back & forth in time, but that quickly went away. I couldn't seem to read fast enough to figure out what was going to happen next. That's one of the best parts of this book. Unlike some novels, you're never really sure if the bad guy, Judge Wilcock, is going to win or not. I wanted to reach in and shake Shane a couple times. If that isn't a sure sign of good writing, I don't know what is. ;o) I talked back to the characters (and the author a few times as well - but don't tell her I said so). :o)

    I wished the book had gone on for another couple chapters. This is one I can see myself re-reading. It had a lot to say on many levels beyond just enjoying the story.

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