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While Angels Dance
     

While Angels Dance

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by Ralph Cotton
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410466976
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
05/09/2014
Series:
The Life and Times of Jeston Nash , #1
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
620
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

While Angels Dance is Ralph Cotton's debut novel. Written and first published 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. He has co-written the song: While Angels Dance with noted Nashville songwriters Stan LaGrange and Nan Cassidy --hear the song by typing in the title on Youtube.com

Cotton 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.
This Western Classic series of 5" X 8" Trade Paper novels introduces Ralph Cotton to a new generation of readers and collector's who will enjoy them for the first time, and find pleasure in re-reading them for years to come.

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While Angels Dance 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
B_A_BOB More than 1 year ago
This is a great book ... a 5-star story ... but they edited out all the profanity to make the nook copy G-rated! I have the paperback version, which is NOT edited to be G-rated, but I wanted to read it on my nook. I can't believe that the nook copy was edited to be G-rated!!! I am an adult, and I can make my own decisions on what I read. I will be reading the paperback version. Very disappointed. Otherwise, this book would be rated a 5-star!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago