While Angels Dance

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This large handsome 5" X 8" Trade Paper Collector's Edition makes the perfect addition to the western reader's book shelf.

Author Ralph Cotton grew up listening to stories of the
James-Younger gang, and as the years passed his fascination led him to seek the truth behind the legends. Now, in this brilliant blend of history and imagination, he offers up a fresh and gritty look at the gang through the eyes of ...

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Overview

This large handsome 5" X 8" Trade Paper Collector's Edition makes the perfect addition to the western reader's book shelf.

Author Ralph Cotton grew up listening to stories of the
James-Younger gang, and as the years passed his fascination led him to seek the truth behind the legends. Now, in this brilliant blend of history and imagination, he offers up a fresh and gritty look at the gang through the eyes of Jeston Nash.
Jeston Nash bears a striking resemblance to his cousin, Jesse Woodson James of Clay County, Missouri. After killing a Yankee soldier in self-defense, Jeston meets his cousins, Jesse and Frank, and joins them to fight in Quantrill's guerilla forces. Later, after the war, he rides with the James-Younger gang as they invent their special brand of bank and train robbery. All the while,
Jeston seeks vengeance against Daniel Zanone, of the Free Kansas Militia-the man responsible for the death of his child.
In While Angels Dance, the reader will experience the events, places, and people that helped fuel the legends of these men. It is a vivid adventure tale of the outlaw West and an original view of the James-Younger gang.

Growing up in Kentucky, the author listened to his grandfather, a horse trader by profession, tell stories about the James Gang. Through Cotton's memories While Angels Sing was created. The story of Jeston Nash is one of hope and courage that blends historical fact with dramatic fiction. The events involving the James Gang are true. Martin's Press

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Wes Lukowsky
Combining fact and fiction, Cotton tells the tale of Jess Nash, a cousin of the notorious James brothers who rode with Quantrill's Raiders during the Civil War. Young Jess was content to stay in Kentucky with his pa, but then a dispute with a Union soldier turned ugly. The Yank and Pa ended up dead, and Jess--to avoid the hangman's noose--took off for family in Missouri. It was there he took up the killing life, first with Quantrill and later as a member of the James Younger gang. Long after the war ends, Nash and his partner, "Quiet" Jack, stay on the killing trail. Their object is Daniel Zanone, a sadistic former commander of the Kansas militia responsible for the murder of Nash's daughter as well as many of his fellow Raiders during the war. It proves to be a long trail and a hard country. This entertaining, ambitious western from first novelist Cotton suffers a bit from a plot that is strictly routine, but the characters ring true and the atmosphere is thick with the fear and paranoia of war.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410466976
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/9/2014
  • Series: The Life and Times of Jeston Nash , #1
  • Edition description: Large Prin
  • Pages: 620
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

'While Angels Dance" is Ralph Cotton’s first novel, written in 1994; it became a candidate for a Pulitzer Prize in fiction that same year. That accomplishment set the track for his career in a straight line to success, which he has achieved with the publication and sales of over fifty novels since then.
Ralph lives on the Florida Gulf Coast with his wife Mary Lynn. He writes prodigiously and his books remain top sellers in the Western and Civil War/Western genres. Ralph also paints, sails, and plays guitar. His imagination is comfortable building characters and working with events in the past, but he reaches to the present and future to find the best way to present them.
The Western Classic series of novels introduces Ralph Cotton to a new generation of readers who will enjoy them for the first time, and find pleasure in re-reading them for years to come.
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