Purgatory Sands

Purgatory Sands

by V. E. Bixenstine


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ISBN-13: 9781425710118
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 07/28/2006
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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Purgatory Sands 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Purgatory Sands mixes the excitment and historical accuracy of the great L'amour books with the complex plots of Zane Gray. You will enjoy the adventures experienced by 'Purg' as he developes into the westerner we all hope existed in this time of our countries development. You will beg for the the next addition when you finish this initial story. Do not miss this book and enjoy the reading adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those of us born in the first half of the 20th century were only one or two generations removed from the frontier, and recall mythically sung stories of derring-do in western movies. V. E. Bixenstine¿s novel, Purgatory Sands, has overtones of those myths. It is clear from the book¿s back cover that the author remains in their grip. The novel¿s eponymous hero undergoes moral and physical development with echoes of Oedipus, but this myth is a Bildungsroman, rather than a tragedy. Its drive, energy, and color carried me along. I was back in the darkened movie theatre, pulling for our hero. A great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The hallmark of a good book is the author's ability to get you into the world he has created through the magic of his imagination, and to keep you there by the credibility of his characters. This Ed Bixenstine has accomplished very effectively. His achievement is all the more remarkable because his subject has been a virtual cliche of cowboy movies about fist and gun violence of the American West. B's vivid imagery brings the rugged landscape to life, just as his command of the local idiom makes real people of the hard-living men he portrays. The action grabs you, as his main character, made despondent by the treachery of a rejected woman, finds temporary refuge in the company of cattle rustlers, and barely escapes a trap set for their capture. Though he almost becomes involved in a robbery, his strength of character and physcial mastery earn him an apppointment as U.S. Marshal. You travel his precarious career with an interest that makes the journey fully rewarding
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I am not a fan of the genre, 'Purgatory Sands' does a nice job of capturing the sound and feel of the old West. Period dialogue is always a challenge yet these characters stay within their era rather than sounding like TV actors plunked down on the nineteenth century range. All in all, a good tale told well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, though westerns are not my usual fare. I found the story to be rivetting and real. The story takes place well over a hundred years ago but its lessons are as relevant today as it was then. Purgatory was a decent and young man with no family, but circumstances were such that he took the easy way out and made some bad decisions...like many young people do. As the story progresses, you keep wondering whether this decent young man will continue on a path of self-destruction or will something happen to change his direction. This was an enjoyable story that kept you guessing right to the end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first 'cowboy book' that I have read in a very long time. It is exceptional in the story telling, and best of all, IT IS NOT X RATED LANGUAGE! I enjoyed this book and would strongly recommend it to anyone, even my grandchildren.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that tells the story of a young man's coming of age in the old west. Orphaned as a young man the protaganist heads west from Philadelphia to claim an inherited ranch of dubious value. From there he runs into assorted characters, good and bad. In so doing he also explores the depths of good and bad in his own life. I won't spoil the ending, but suffice it to say, he learns the meaning of honor, justice, and simply doing the right thing. This is a great book for adults and teenagers. It is full of rich detail, authentic period dialogue,and old-fashioned manners and values that we can all learn from. I highly recommend it.