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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671001167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671001162
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this prequel to McMurtry's 1986 Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call are invincible young bucks, Texas Rangers, full of youthful energy and, quite frankly, full of themselves. That is until they're utterly consumed by the vicious battlefield of the early-19th-century Wild West. Their journey takes them across barren deserts and raging rivers and through steep and snowy mountains, often on foot and with barely enough provisions and clothing to keep them from certain death. The constant threat of attack by Comanches keeps them awake nights, fearing for their lives--and for good reason. "Buffalo Hump reached down and grabbed the terrified boy by his long black hair. He yanked his horse to a stop, lifted Zeke Moody off his feet, and slashed at his head with a knife, just above the boy's ears. Then he whirled and raced across the front of the huddled Rangers, dragging Zeke by the hair. As the horse increased its speed, the scalp tore loose and Zeke fell free. Buffalo Hump had whirled again, and held aloft the bloody scalp."

This bedraggled group of adventurers--on their foolhardy expedition to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans (who also prove to be formidable enemies)--includes a salty assortment of cowboys, scouts, fortune seekers, and a fat and sassy whore nicknamed "The Great Western." McMurtry's adept storytelling paints a portrait of the Wild West that at times is palpable. One can almost smell the campfires, the body odors, and the long-awaited piece of meat after weeks without a proper meal. Dead Man's Walk will satisfy your craving for adventure, without having to put your life on the line. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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McMurtry's prequel to his Pulitzer-winning Lonesome Dove spent 10 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By Mogli on Oct. 10 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Now except for the two young rangers, his whole troop was drunk, the result of an incautious foray into Mexican territory the day before". This quote explains the troops readiness for being real rangers. Dead Man's Walk, by Larry McMurtry was written to give a realistic view of what explorers of the western frontiers could have encountered. The main characters of the book Gus and Call are great characters for their parts. The location where the story takes place creates great imagery in the readers mind. McMurtry used informal language to show the characters way of living. All these things tie together to make this a great book.
This book focuses on a troop of rangers, especially the protagonist Gus and Call, through out their journey to explore the western frontier. Along the way they encounter many hazards, such as cyclones, natural obstacles, and Indians. The antagonist in the story is a Comanche Indian named Buffalo Hump. These conflicts keep the story interesting and fun to read.
The setting in this novel varies from the desert plains to small rural towns. All of the places the troop comes to are realistic and make the story seem real. At one point in the novel the troops comes to the side of a big hill and has to fend off while trying to keep their horses from running off. Realistic scenes like this show up all throughout the book to enhance the storyline.
McMurtry puts a wide variety of characters in the book to describe the differences in a troops personality. Gus is a young man who is driven mainly by sex. This keeps him thinking all throughout the novel. Call is a more mature young man who tries to think of consequences before his actions. The greatest feared character is without a doubt Buffalo Hump. He keeps the troop aware throughout the book.
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By Styron Lemons on Oct. 16 2002
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I have read 10 westerns by Larry McMurtry and all have the rich of the west and most true to life that I have encountered. In reading "Lonesome Dove" first, I have always wondered where Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call were from and, if any, of their early years. As true, as in the best, "Lonesome Dove", I have enjoyed the early saga of Gus and Woodrow; the lives they shared and that of being the early law as Texas Rangers. The raw courage of early lawmen were shown in their continuing to settle parts of the open range and the Westward movement. Their encounters of Buffalo Hump to Blue Duck only shows the courage to hunt and bring to order the lawless. In continued reading of Gus and Woodrow, and their meetings of Clara and Maggie, Woodrow fathering Newt, and Gus to never find out of his daughter, Augustina. In comparison to other Western wrighters, none can hold up to the interest and riviting adventures, as portrayed by Larry McMurtry, in that of Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call. "Deadman's Walk" can only get 5 Stars, as that is the top of the chart!
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By Styron Lemons on Oct. 16 2002
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I have read 10 westerns by Larry McMurtry and all have the rich of the west and most true to life that I have encountered. In reading "Lonesome Dove" first, I have always wondered where Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call were from and, if any, of their early years. As true, as in the best, "Lonesome Dove", I have enjoyed the early saga of Gus and Woodrow; the lives they shared and that of being the early law as Texas Rangers. The raw courage of early lawmen were shown in their continuing to settle parts of the open range and the Westward movement. Their encounters of Buffalo Hump to Blue Duck only shows the courage to hunt and bring to order the lawless. In continued reading of Gus and Woodrow, and their meetings of Clara and Maggie, Woodrow fathering Newt, and Gus to never find out of his daughter, Augustina. In comparison to other Western wrighters, none can hold up to the interest and riviting adventures, as portrayed by Larry McMurtry, in that of Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call. "Deadman's Walk" can only get 5 Stars, as that is the top of the chart!
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In McMurty's prequel to Lonesome Dove, we see the young Gus McCrea and Woodrow Call at the beginning of their Rangering days. It is interesting because both characters are clearly the men they will become in Lonesome Dove, yet without the assurance and confidence that carried them so easily through that book's trials. The author does a good job of portraying them as believable youths rather than as copies of their later selves in younger bodies.
This is a roaming tale. There are three trips which encompass the book. The first is a brief and futile foray against the fearsome Comanche Buffalo Hump. The second, a long and futile expedition to capture Spanish Gold in New Mexico that is thwarted by the elements and a Mexican army. The third, a march in captivity through a desolate country that will prove to be a more ruthless enemy than the Indian or the sons of the conquistadors.
I will warn the reader, the ending is a little bizarre and seems out of place with the rest of the book (and the preceding two) -- it really lost the Western feel for me.
This journey is much less purposeful and more fantastic than that portrayed in LD or Streets of Laredo. This tale feels at times a bit forced, with something exciting fitted neatly into every chapter. On the whole however, it is a good yarn that captures a flavorful frontier West before the Civil War. McMurty remains a gifted storey teller who is able to drive the reader through his pages with gifted dialogue and excellent descriptions.
I'm already digging into McMurty's last book of the Lonesome Dove series, Comanche Moon.
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