Gone to Texas [NOOK Book]

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Peyton Lewis and Fletcher Rucker are two humble Rebel boys whose innocence was destroyed in the bloody wreckage of the Civil War. Young and desperate, they fall in with a scheme to rob a bank but are totally unprepared for the violence that ensues. Sickened by the carnage and wanton cruelty that they have witnessed, Lewis and Rucker take their cut and join the migration of those who see the possibility of a new beginning in the wilderness of ...

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Gone to Texas

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Overview

Peyton Lewis and Fletcher Rucker are two humble Rebel boys whose innocence was destroyed in the bloody wreckage of the Civil War. Young and desperate, they fall in with a scheme to rob a bank but are totally unprepared for the violence that ensues. Sickened by the carnage and wanton cruelty that they have witnessed, Lewis and Rucker take their cut and join the migration of those who see the possibility of a new beginning in the wilderness of the Texas frontier.

Along the way they meet rogues, killers...and two exceptional women: the tortured Molly Klinner, a woman who has also suffered dearly by the ravages of the war, and Gabriel Johnson, an Eastern beauty who decided to join the Texas migration on a lark--but will soon learn the true meaning of humanity. Together, the four travelers will weather the travails that the new frontier offers them--but will they manage to carve out a new life?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Its title culled from a saying popular among displaced Confederates after the Civil War, Wright's latest western (after The Woodsman) is a competent but unsubtle blend of familiar themes wrapped around a sophomoric romance between a tough young outlaw and a pitifully soiled dove in postwar Missouri, Kansas and Texas. Young outlaws and rebel partisans Peyton Lewis and his cousin Fletcher Rucker are on the run from Yankee lawmen when they encounter Molly Klinner, a hard-boiled teenage trollop who sees Lewis as her only means of escape from a life of forced prostitution. The three ill-prepared travelers endure a murderer's ambush and a plains blizzard before hitching a ride on a passing stagecoach, which carries them to even greater danger from cowardly passengers and scalp-hunting Comanches. A spirited defense of a burned-out stage station under Indian attack thins the cast of characters considerably, leaving the air filled with gunsmoke and a lot of folks filled with arrows. Wright scores big with the excitement of gunplay and Indian fights, but his characters are right out of Hollywood casting, while his plot inescapably calls to mind films such as John Wayne's Stagecoach and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales, each far more original and enjoyable than this merely entertaining ride. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
Another historical western from Wright (The Woodsman, paper, 1986; The Captives, 1987, etc.), this time about rebel boys Peyton Lewis and Fletcher Rucker, who join Frank and Jesse James in their first broad-daylight, easy-as-pie, postþCivil War bank robbery. When Jesse murders a schoolboy in cold blood as they ride out of town, disaffected Peyton and Fletcher leave for Texas with their $10,000 takings. The often memorable episodes that follow—as the young men meet thieves, bad guys, and strong women—all find Peyton and Fletcher weighing mankind for its want of humanity. In a way, the lads are moral pioneers who must rise above their flaws. Wright's most astute work, with dialogue like coffee you could float a boot in, although the prose at times decays with stock phrases.
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"His characters are right out of Hollywood casting, while his plot inescapably calls to mind films such as John Wayne’s Stagecoach and Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales…."

Publishers Weekly

"Don Wright has the knack for writing stories based on real people that present a gritty, accurate and inspiring portrait of those who endure and triumph—a testimony to the human spirit."

RT Book Reviews

"Wright’s most astute work…."

Kirkus Reviews

RT Book Reviews

Don Wright has the knack for writing stories based on real people that present a gritty, accurate and inspiring portrait of those who endure and triumph--a testimony to the human spirit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312871727
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 10/15/1999
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 383,753
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Don Wright is the author of Gone to Texas.


Don Wright was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1939, but he has lived in Tennessee most of his life. He and his wife, Patricia, live in a historical home in Sumner County called "Walnut Grove." They have a daughter, Candace, and a grandson, Jamie, and a great grandson.

Don has had a variety of careers. He served in the army as a military policeman from 1962 to 1964. On November 29, 2008, his work was honored at the Owensboro Kentucky Museum of Art. He usually describes himself as a pipefitter, even after writing his bestselling novel, The Woodsman. Between books, Don ventured into politics, serving four years as a Tennessee state senator and nine years as mayor of Gallatin, Tennessee
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    Posted June 2, 2012

    Awesome book!

    This is my all time most favorite book I have ever read. I have read it at least 5 times and it has a permant place on my bookshelf. Trust me you wont be able to put this book down!

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