Acclaim for A Man Called Outlaw
"...big Old West fiction, raw and real. It's got gut-wrenching bravery and desperate cowardice. Dare I say it? It has True Grit"-Naomi D. Musch.
"...absolutely haunting in its realism and stunning in poetic beauty. Read it, love it, ache with it."-Sam Jenne
"I started reading this book and could not put it down. I stayed up until 2:00 am completely absorbed and enthralled. K.M. Weiland has a way of writing 19th century fiction that just pulls you into the story and won't let you out until the last page is closed."-Anna Naylor
About the Book
All his life Shane Lassiter had revered the man who stood in place of the father he had never known. Nathaniel Wilcock had taken Shane into his own home, loved him as a son, and placed within his grasp one of the largest ranches in the Wyoming Territory.
But Shane had heard the family saga. He knew the whispers about the fugitive gunman who stood against Wilcock during the land wars that had rocked the valley almost thirty years ago. In Nathaniel Wilcock's eyes, the gunman was nothing better than a vigilante and an outlaw, and as such he had died. To the people of Hangtree, he was a hero-a martyr who had stood against corrupt power and injustice.
When Wilcock's greed moves him against the only woman Shane has ever loved-a woman who holds the secret that could resurrect everything for which the outlaw fought-Shane finds himself forced into a place not so very different from that of the western outlaws thirty years ago. He must make a decision, the shadow of which will forever be cast over the lives of all those he loves. It is a decision between truth and power-between honor and life-between right and wrong.
More Praise for Historical Fiction A Man Called Outlaw
"One week ago, I had 2 novels on my list that if I were to see someone in a bookstore debating over whether or not to buy it, I'd tell them: 'You need to read that one.' Today, I have 3. And this is it"-Lorna G. Poston
"A fast flowing story with action, morals, conflict of interests and love...."-Glynis Smy
"This is a well plotted and paced story. Her characters are fully developed. The stories move rapidly in two parallel tracks separated by 30 years. The author's fine hand accurately paints details of time and places. A GREAT READ!"-Walter Danley, Jr.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Judge Nathaniel Wilcock was a man with a patient, long view towards getting what he wanted. What he wanted was to own the whole river valley. His greed, cunning, and position allowed him to run the small town and intimidate the people in it. A story set in the Old West, this man threatened, brutalized or murdered during a span of more than 30 years to own everything, including a boy who considered him as his father but who wasn't.K.M. Weiland did a stunning job of writing the beginning of the battle in the mid-1800s and the end of the story in the late 1800s as almost parallel accounts. Each chapter ratchets the tension a little higher until it is impossible to close the book and turn out the light. Finally, at 2 a.m., the two stories intersect, the truth is revealed and the war comes to an end. My only other comment is "Wow."
I really, really like this story. Why? Because it's a big 'ol western, raw and real. It's got gut-wrenching bravery and desperate cowardice. Dare I say it? It has True Grit. It also puts me in mind of another great classic film, The Big Country (Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons). K.M. Weiland's A Man Called Outlaw unwinds with restless tension that keeps on building right up to the final pages. She weaves into it a cast of characters who act ruthless, jealous, resilient, naïve, desperate, heroic. I had a bit of difficulty, at first, going back and forth between the two periods of time some 30 years apart in the story. But once the plot sucked me in a little deeper, I found it so riveting that the transitions smoothed out. I read only about one in ten books that I can't put down. This was one of them. Of course, as another reviewer mentioned, it's a bittersweet story. We know early on that the Outlaw is dead, but we don't know why. And as his story unfolds, we cheer for him. We want him to live. But in fact, it's not really his story. It's Shane Lassiter's story. And when all the threads finally tie together, it's satisfying, even in its harsh realism.
There is no doubt that KM Weiland is an amazing author. I am usually not a big historical fiction fan, (but I love a good western) but Weiland took me back to a time and place only recognized through history and tales, and she did so, effortlessly. Amazing characterizations and a plot that thickens and remedies with great emotion. I will certainly revisit this piece again.
I loved this book. I waited a long time to get it and was really happy to finally get a chance to read it. Initially I was a little disoriented by how the the story went back & forth in time, but that quickly went away. I couldn't seem to read fast enough to figure out what was going to happen next. That's one of the best parts of this book. Unlike some novels, you're never really sure if the bad guy, Judge Wilcock, is going to win or not. I wanted to reach in and shake Shane a couple times. If that isn't a sure sign of good writing, I don't know what is. ;o) I talked back to the characters (and the author a few times as well - but don't tell her I said so). :o) I wished the book had gone on for another couple chapters. This is one I can see myself re-reading. It had a lot to say on many levels beyond just enjoying the story.