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The Outcasts: A Novel

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

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    I loved this novel! The Outcasts is an engrossing novel set in t

    I loved this novel! The Outcasts is an engrossing novel set in the American west where no one is perfect and everyone is in search of something! The story unfolds through the points of view of Nate Cannon and Lucinda Carter. 




    Nate is an immediately likeable character. He leaves a young wife at home to join a cattle drive and later the Texas State Police. On his first assignment, he encounters two crusty old Texas Rangers, George Deerling and Tom Goddard. They have spent a lifetime hunting a ruthless killer named McGill who has killed women and children. Good with horses, Nate impresses the rough and tumble duo and the three ride off in search of McGill. The scenes in the book pertaining to these characters are excellently written, in fact, I would classify it as amazing, capturing the crudeness and wisdom of old age cowboys and rangers. Incredibly fabulous!




    Then there is Lucinda Carter. Lucinda is running from a horrible past. She is an unloved epileptic whose father banished her to a lunatic asylum when she was a mere child. Now, she makes her living as a whore in a bothel. When she earns enough, she hopes to meet her lover and start a new life. So to hasten her destiny, she steals from her notoriously ruthless madame, who sends a killer after her. But Lucinda’s lover insists she take a job as a school teacher first. Yes, that’s correct, a whore working as a school teacher, one of the many fascinating tweeks and lilts this story takes. While there, she learns of a long-lost treasure hidden by the infamous pirate, Lafitte, many years before. 




    There is so much to gush about in this novel, I don’t know where to begin. The characterization is stupendous, the plot magnificent, the characters inter-connected, the creativity superb! This is the old west at its best and worst – ruthless, dangerous, wild. This story has it all, brothels, saloons, gunfights, killings, sex, and much, much more, all if it a glorious indulgence! And from start to finish, the story is peppered with clever dialogue and scenes that ring with brilliance. Each character has secrets, and slowly their secrets are revealed reaching a crescendo near the end.   




    Ah, yes, the the ending – a fabulous, fascinating ending that neatly ties up all the threads of the story, connects all the characters, reveals all the secrets, and leaves you wanting more. Why? Because the author has the ability to make the characters bigger than life, real, sympathetic, credible. One of the best books I have ever read! Definitely one that I will read again and again.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Kathleen Kent's two previous books 'The Herectic's Daughter' and

    Kathleen Kent's two previous books 'The Herectic's Daughter' and 'The Traitor's Wife' gave the reader a raw sense of living conditions in early New England. She has done the same with 'The Outcasts', but this time in Texas shortly after the Civil War. The characters are real people, not the romanticized versions that are so typical of so many Westerns. The plot twits are unexpected, and the reader is left at the end, with a few saddle sores. But this reader cannot wait to saddle up and read it again.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

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    This will go down as one of my favorites. I loved the writing st

    This will go down as one of my favorites. I loved the writing style and character development. This is a western historical story with several surprises and connections. It has left me feeling just little meloncholy which typically I dislike immensely however this story was so rich with the telling, I loved it. I want to read everything this author writes.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

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    Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite The Outcasts b

    Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

    The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent takes us back to the 19th century. On the Gulf coast of Texas, Lucinda Carter has just escaped a destitute life within a brothel to find her lover and gain the life she has been longing for. With a desperate plan to get rich off buried treasure, the two lovers set off for the Bayou. Miles away, there is a man-hunt on for a deadly killer who has already taken the lives of many innocents. Hot on his trail is a 'wet behind the ears' Texas police officer who is hell bent on catching the murderer. When the two stories diverge, plot twists abound, adventure and action are pushed to the max, and it's definitely unclear if everyone will survive. 

    This book was amazing! Not a typical fan of westerns, I was a bit skeptical when I picked up The Outcasts. I am SO glad that I did, because this is more than just a classic western. This is a story of redemption, of finding your way, all mixed in with a bit of an adventure. What I really felt was that this is an adult version of a children's story. There was that youthful spirit of adventure and thrills that don't usually enter adult books. I liked how the stories remained unique to each other until the last possible moment when the threads of the story intersected in a dramatic conclusion. Kathleen Kent knows the art of storytelling in such a dramatic fashion that the story really comes to life. A wonderful book and a wonderful story!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Great read

    Good texas tall tell with true historical facts

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2015

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    Excellent character development!!!  Wonderful descriptions of Te

    Excellent character development!!!  Wonderful descriptions of Texas.  Highly  recommended!!!  This story builds and gets better as it goes along.  It is an exciting western, a tragic friendship story, a mystery of gold, and much much more.  It deserves A+++++++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Lilywolf to Nightfang

    I agree with Velvetstar. As long as the rogues are in small groups or alone (not mass Bloodclan raids) and just steal prey and it's not too frequent then it's a good idea! I will discuss it with the clan leaders from the other clans. But I'm sure it will be accepted. It'd be cool if they ocassionally misled clans into believing that it'd been another clan stealing instead of a rogue. Like if they rolled in scent markers and then crossed the border to stir up trouble! ~ Lilywolf

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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