A Man Called Outlaw

A Man Called Outlaw

by K. M. Weiland

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780978924607
Publisher: PenForASword Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2006
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as the western A Man Called Outlaw, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, the portal fantasy Dreamlander, and the dieselpunk adventure Storming. When she's not making things up, she's busy mentoring other authors on her site helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com. She makes her home in western Nebraska. Find out more about her fiction at kmweiland.com.

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A Man Called Outlaw 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LynndaEll on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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."
NMusch More than 1 year ago
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.
chera_federle More than 1 year ago
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.
ButterflyBlessingsBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
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