Gone to Texas

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DON WRIGHT's Gone to Texas is the saga of Peyton Lewis and Fletcher Rucker, two rebel boys whose innocence was destroyed in the bloody wreckage that was the Civil War. Young, desperate men, they fall in with a scheme to rob a bank but are unprepared for the violence that ensues. Sickened by the ravages of war and the wanton cruelty that is the legacy of this bloody conflict, they take their cut and join those who look to the wilderness of the Texas frontier for a fresh start. Along the way they will meet ...

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Overview

DON WRIGHT's Gone to Texas is the saga of Peyton Lewis and Fletcher Rucker, two rebel boys whose innocence was destroyed in the bloody wreckage that was the Civil War. Young, desperate men, they fall in with a scheme to rob a bank but are unprepared for the violence that ensues. Sickened by the ravages of war and the wanton cruelty that is the legacy of this bloody conflict, they take their cut and join those who look to the wilderness of the Texas frontier for a fresh start. Along the way they will meet rogues, killers, and two exceptional women, and together they will weather the travails of the new frontier and carve out a new life.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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)
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765371171
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Wright was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1939, but he has lived in Tennessee most of his life. Don 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.  Wright served in the army as a military policeman from 1962 to 1964.  He won the marksmanship award in his company.  He is noted for making authentic powder horns which he has sold to a select clientele. 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 (16 weeks on the best seller list), The Woodsman.  He has written 4 books, The Captive, The Last Plantation and Gone to Texas. Don was recognized as the best writer of the year for his novel, The Woodsman. He has recently submitted his latest novel for publication. 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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