Brules

Brules

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by Harry Combs
     
 

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Cat Brules, whose life embraces the short, turbulent history of the American West, seeks revenge against the entire Comanche nation, finds love with a Shoshone woman, and must chose between becoming an outlaw or a hero.

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Cat Brules, whose life embraces the short, turbulent history of the American West, seeks revenge against the entire Comanche nation, finds love with a Shoshone woman, and must chose between becoming an outlaw or a hero.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1916, civil engineering student Steven Cartwright plays hooky from his father's fall cattle drive to visit Cat Brules, a mysterious Colorado mountain man rumored to be a thief and a murderer. The friendship between the boy and this relic of the rapidly disappearing frontier provides a frame for this fluid first novel, as Brules tells Steven the story of his life over a series of nights around the campfire. After a drive down the Chisholm Trail in 1867, Brules killed his trail boss in a fight over a Hays City, Kans., prostitute named Michelle. Fleeing town, the pair were captured by Comanches; Brules escaped, but Michelle was tortured and killed, setting her lover on a one-man vendetta against the Indians. Brules gradually overcomes his hatred, eventually marrying a Native American. The author, an aviation pioneer who wrote a nonfiction study of the Wright Brothers, Kill Devil Hill , clearly knows and loves the land and history of the American West. References to numerous actual people and events (Butch Cassidy, General Crook, the Fetterman massacre) add verisimilitude to his story. Although overly long and tending to drag in spots, this expansive novel will remind some readers of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove . ( July )
Library Journal
The wide-open spaces of Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico during the years following the Civil War form the backdrop of this Western novel of bonanza proportions. In a highly colloquial voice, Cat Brules narrates a rich reminiscence of the Old West as he hunts buffalo and stalks Comanche Indians in revenge for their murder of his loved ones, constantly testing his considerable shooting skills. Combs, the author of an award-winning study of the Wright brothers ( Kill Devil Hill , Houghton, LJ 12/15/79. o.p.), does a nice job of detailing the guns, wildlife, and Indian customs of the period. A paucity of dialog and a few too many repetitive Comanche episodes slightly mar the fun, but most readers of Westerns will still find the journey well worth the ride.-- Keddy Ann Outlaw, Harris Cty. P.L., Houston
Wes Lukowsky
Before World War I, when 11-year-old Steven Cartwright was riding near his father's Colorado ranch, he encountered an old man living alone on Lone Cone Peak. Though the two barely exchanged a glance, the boy was fascinated and went out of his way to cross paths with the man again. A tentative relationship formed and came to fruition years later when the boy returned home on summer break from college. Through one long, lonesome mountain night, Cat Brules bared his soul to Steven, recounting his long, eventful life as a cow puncher, Indian fighter, gunman, and lover, from an 1867 cattle drive to Hays, Kansas, to the death of his beloved Shoshone wife, Wild Rose, in 1891 at the cabin where he still lives. This entertaining--if lengthy--saga of the Old West is enlivened by Brules' gallows humor and his stoic acceptance of life's vagaries. What sets the novel apart from the usual fare is its wide-ranging scope and the fact that first-time novelist Combs, an aviation pioneer and author of an award-winning study of the Wright brothers, is past 80. Yes, you can expect plenty of marketing hoopla designed to turn Combs into a cowboy version of Helen Hooven Santmyer, the octogenarian author of "". 20. 20. 20And Ladies of the Club"," the surprise best-seller of 1984. Like "Ladies", "Brules" began life as a small-press title (Lyford Books, 1992), only to be picked up later by a major trade house. Marketing campaigns and Combs' age aside, the novel stands on its own quite well. Brules is a memorable character--sometimes admirable, sometimes not, but imbued with a sense of humanity that can only be gained through a lifetime of experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440217282
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Series:
Cat Brules Trilogy Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
695
Sales rank:
381,374
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.40(d)

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Brules 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Full of action and feeling, you can't help but feel for Brules. I liked it so much I named my horse after it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was exceptional. I read it non-stop from LA to Singapore and back. You can smell the Commanche's because the writing is so perfectly descriptive. A must read for all who like westerns.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so interesting and gets you so involved in the story you can not put it down. When I read a book this good I feel sad when I am done. If you like Westerns, the outdoors, adventure, romance or history you should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading Brules and thoroughly loved it! I haven't read many Western books but will probably start now if they're half as good as this one. I can't wait to receive my copy of Scout, the sequel. A great book that is hard to put down. Living in Colorado and having driven through the areas where the book takes place I could really imagine the scenery. I highly recommend reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read it four times in the last three years and end up reading it in a couple of days cause I cant put it down.I love the part when he avenges his old buddy pedro and kills his horse paint and forts behind him and blasts the hell outa them commaches and the rest of um turn tail and run.I guess I just like rootin for the under dog weather what ever it be.Read it, you will like it ,and you imagination will run wild when your not reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brules is an EXCELLENT book. It's so detailed, and you feel like you know Brules. This book is full of excitment, and even tears. I cried my eyes out. It's a wonderful book, very well researched. Brules lives an exhilirating life and it's very interesting. I'm 16, and I loved the book. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without a doubt the best western book I have ever read. I would hurry home just so I could continue to read this story. This is one tough man. I could not wait to get the next in the series. Hollywood missed on this opportunity for something equal to or better than 'Lonesome Dove'. A must read for any cowboy book lover
Guest More than 1 year ago
The type of book you want to read until the end. And, when it ends you want more! Good news, this is really the first of a 3 book series. All 3 are great. There's plenty of outdoor non-stop action and adventures with tremendous details. Brules skill and courage are unmatched as a marksman with a pistol or rifle. But as good as he is at survival, he can't seem to protect his loved one's or close friends and in the end you find your own heart breaking along with his.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Throughout the whole book(which you couldn't put down)I felt like I was with him on his adventures. Harry Combs paints a true Western historicl picture. I wish someone would make this series into a movie.