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Son of a Wanted Man
     

Son of a Wanted Man

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by Louis L'Amour
 

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An outlaw's legacy...

In a remote corner of Utah lies the secret outlaw kingdom of Ben Curry. For fifteen years Curry has ruled supreme, as his men have pulled jobs from Canada to Mexico. But the king is getting old... he wants to turn his legacy over to someone younger, tougher. Mike Bastian is Ben's adopted son, a young man who can handle a knife, a gun, his

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An outlaw's legacy...

In a remote corner of Utah lies the secret outlaw kingdom of Ben Curry. For fifteen years Curry has ruled supreme, as his men have pulled jobs from Canada to Mexico. But the king is getting old... he wants to turn his legacy over to someone younger, tougher. Mike Bastian is Ben's adopted son, a young man who can handle a knife, a gun, his fists, but a man who's never broken the law.

Now, as treachery explodes among Ben's riders, and two honest lawmen—Tyrel Sackett and Borden Chantry—begin to zero in on the gang, Mike must choose...between his loyalty to Ben and his yearning for a different life. Yet when the guns start echoing off the Vermilion Cliffs, the time for choosing is over—and the time for battle has begun.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553900033
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/30/2003
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
65,197
File size:
2 MB

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Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post", "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

Meet the Author

Louis L’Amour is undoubtedly the bestselling frontier novelist of all time. He is the only author in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of his life's work. He has published ninety novels; twenty-seven short-story collections; two works of nonfiction; a memoir, Education of a Wandering Man; and a volume of poetry, Smoke from This Altar. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide.


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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 22, 1908
Date of Death:
June 10, 1988
Place of Birth:
Jamestown, North Dakota
Education:
Self-educated
Website:
http://www.louislamour.com/

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Son of a Wanted Man 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
A_Cartwright More than 1 year ago
Son of a Wanted Man did not keep my attention because the plot was hard to follow, it wasn't realistic, and the word choice was hardly interesting. A community of outlaws staying in semi-good peace for years is complete boloney. Also, a clean shaven, non-alcoholic, and smart law breaker could never exist. Mike Bastian is better than any of the men I have ever met, and he is an outlaw! Of course, the story just would not have worked without a valiant character to save the damsel in distress, decide who he really was, walk across the Grand Canyon on a wire, shoot down a traitor while tied up, and come out even better than before. I thought Ben Curry was alright, but still an impossible outlaw. Now the outlaws like Fernandez and Ducrow were real ones. Drucilla was great! I love that she is a city girl, but when her life is threatened, she'll pull daddy's gun from the wall hooks and shoot down the danger. She reminds me a lot of Victoria Devereaux in the book my cousin and I are writing. Overall, the people in the story are alright, but could be more interesting. Tyrell and Borden confused me. There were places where the two detectives made deductions that were completely out of the blue. It was almost like falling asleep for a split second and waking up to find that you missed something important within that short amount of time. Because of this, the plot did not quite fit together. To this day, I am still not sure who was ordering the outlaws around behind Ben's back or how Tyrell and the sheriff ended up on the same train. The ending was so pathetic! Mike and Drucilla obviously loved each other, so why didn't they at least kiss? What I did like was the overall theme that I pulled from the novel. The little emotion that Louis L'Amour could incorporate into his writing showed that "Your parents may have left a legacy, but you do not have to follow in their footsteps, because sometimes that path is not for you." Mike could have made an amazing leader of the outlaw gang, but he questioned it, and decided in the end that what Ben Curry laid out for him was not what he desired for his life. A child in the world today might have parents that smoke and drink. It seems their destiny, but if they decide that this is not what they want with their life, they don't have to follow it. The setting was perfect. The Grand Canyon is a dangerous, easy hiding place, perfect for a community of outlaws. I went to the north rim and stood over a steep ledge while I was reading this book. How did Mike keep his sanity as he scooted across on a slippery cable? That had to be terrifying! It sparked my curiosity about myths, legends, and ghosts of the canyons. I would say that Son of a Wanted Man targets the males. It is strength, weapons, hunting, hardly romantic, and a whole lot of showing off. My mom is the only female I know who reads Louis L'Amour. I would not suggest this to just anyone. If you have a background of out-doorsy or country life, then this is a great novel.. Those who live in an urban setting and don't care much for guns and fights would not enjoy this in the least. It reminded me of Ghost Town Treasure because of outlaw legends and the canyon setting, though the main character is a little boy. This was an alright book because the action was thrilling, but there were some flaws and it was not altogether very difficult to read.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
This is one of the rare stories that I think would be better as a movie instead of a book. This feels like one of those old Hollywood westerns that my Grandpa would have had on the TV, in the background, when I visited. It has that nostalgic feel of old Hollywood westerns. I've said this before about other L'Amour books and I'll say it again: This book, like a few other of L'Amour's books, reminds me of a screenplay and I've wondered if the initial draft emerged as a script and changed gears at a later time in the editing process. The beginning is especially rough. L'Amour sets up the background at least three times in the first few chapters but the storytelling gets better as the story progresses away from background material. L'Amour occasionally struggled with multiple POV changes but not with this book - the way he handled the arrivals of sister Juliana and Drusilla Ragan, Tyrel Sackett, Borden Chantry and his deputy, Kim Baca is part of why this story feels so much like a Hollywood script. Then, there's a cozy romantic ending, the sort I like on warm rainy afternoons. The one thing I love most about L'Amour's writing is missing from this book - his descriptions of nature and a movie, where I can actually see the background, would fill that gap but, alas, no movies have been made about this book.
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GConradDietz More than 1 year ago
Quintessential Louis L'Amour. Great characters and intriquing story line.
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