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In a book that serves as a both a sequel to Dead Man's Walk and a prequel to the beloved Lonesome Dove, McMurtry fills in the missing chapters in the Call and McCrae saga. It is a fantastic read, in many ways the best and gutsiest of the series. We join the Texas Rangers in their waning Indian-fighting years. The Comanches, after one last desperate raid led by the fearsome-but-aging Buffalo Hump, are almost defeated, though Buffalo Hump's son, Blue Duck, still terrorizes the relentless flow of settlers and lawmen. As Augustus and Woodrow follow one-eyed, tobacco-spitting Captain Inish Scull deep into a murderous madman's den in Mexico, their thoughts turn toward the end of their careers and the women they love in remarkably different ways back in Austin. What's amazing about McMurtry's West is that he sees beyond the romance. Neither his Indians, his cowboys, his gunslingers, nor his women act the way they did in either Zane Grey novels or John Wayne movies. Incredible beauty and lightning-quick violence are the bookends of his West, but it is the in-between moments of suffering and boredom where McMurtry shines. The suffering is poignant and heart-rending; the boredom tempered with doses of Augustus McCrae's sharp humor. Don't be surprised if you find yourself crying and laughing on the same page. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This prequel to the classic Lonesome Dove (LJ 7/85) follows Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae through their years as Texas Rangers as they create legends for themselves fighting the Comanche to open west Texas for settlement. For 15 years, the Rangers play cat-and-mouse games with Buffalo Hump, Kicking Wolf, and other chiefs as they pursue, attack, and retaliate their way through the Comanche wars. Ironically, Blue Duck, Gus McCrae's nemesis in Lonesome Dove, is Buffalo Hump's son, carrying on the tradition started by his father, even though father and son hated one another. Considered together, Dead Man's Walk (LJ 4/15/95), Comanche Moon, and Lonesome Dove create a monumental work that has few equals in current literature. Essential for all libraries.
-?Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book needs to be made into a T.V. mini-series like the rest of the books. If you like Capt. Call and Gus this book is a must read. This book fills in the blanks. Get it. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by D. R. WATKINS Jr.
I saved this one until I went to the Grand Canyon, figuring to read about hard country in a hard country portion of the USA. It was a perfect setting for a magnificent read. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003 by nobizinfla
Comanche Moon is a typical Mc Murtry novel. More or less entertaining but with a totally predictable plot, a disdain for historical facts and some sadomasochism added for... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by Jose Luis Garcia
Comanche Moon is the seemingly lost fourth volume of the Lonesome Dove series. I actually encountered it on a used book sale rack at my local library. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003
This book is haunted by being a middle volume. Mr. McMurtry's writing is excellent but the story really goes nowhere. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by Michael DENNISUK
Many reviewers in this section have already echoed my dominant feelings about this book...disappointment. Read morePublished on July 12 2003 by Ryan
I have read all of his epic west books. I laughed to tears, almost cried at the sad moments... the emotions were rampant. Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by Anthony Bascombe
This was the best book I've read by McMurtry, even better than Lonesome Dove.Published on April 6 2003