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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084881777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848817770
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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These titles, published throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, represent Burke's early work before the creation of his now famous Cajun detective, Dave Robicheaux. Each features protagonists forced to make tough decisions that will forever change the paths of their lives (LJ 3/1/65, LJ 7/70, LJ 1/15/72).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Lee Burke is the author of nineteen previous novels, including twelve featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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The first day that Son Holland arrived in the penal camp, manacled inside a mule-drawn wagon with seven other convicts, he knew that he would eventually escape, that he would die before he would spend ten years in a steaming swamp under the guns and horse quirts of malarial Frenchmen with Negro blood in their veins and a degenerate corruption in their hearts. Read the first page
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Hard not to like and enjoy a James Lee Burke book. This is really more of a short story full of action in the period of the Alamo. One can see the genesis of the future Burke works. Wonderfully descriptive phrases, fully drawn characters and the ever present feeling of danger. As a James Lee Burke fan I am glad it has been reissued...it's well worth taking the time to explore his origins...and it's got lots of action and thrills.
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More of a long short story than a novel, this 1982 Burke effort does not have the depth of plot and characters that the latest Burke novels offer. Basically two escaped convicts, one old one young, exit a Louisiana hell hole of a prison and move south into Texas ending up with Sam Houston's near the Alamo. The young convict is a Holland, the great-grandfather of Billy Bob from Heartwood.
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If you think (like me) that JL Burke is America's finest writer, then buy "In the Electric Mist" or "Laying down my Sword", both of which were superbly crafted (or any of the Robicheaux novels, for that matter). "Texas", though, is brief, thin, and unBurkean. I'd give his other books 5 stars, but this one doesn't even deserve a 1.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Two for Texas Aug. 25 2008
By C. D. Lewis, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another great James Lee Burke novel. There is alot of Texas history in the story. And as always James Lee Burkes writing style makes the story very realistic. In this book a story is told of two guys who are running from the law in Louisiana and head for Texas. They are looking for and find Sam Houston just before the battle for Texas independence. The story is told as only James Lee Burke can tell it. Fast reading and holds your interest. If you like James Lee Burke, you like Two for Texas.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Early Burke, thin on plot, a little bit of Alamo history. Oct. 21 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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More of a long short story than a novel, this 1982 Burke effort does not have the depth of plot and characters that the latest Burke novels offer. Basically two escaped convicts, one old one young, exit a Louisiana hell hole of a prison and move south into Texas ending up with Sam Houston's near the Alamo. The young convict is a Holland, the great-grandfather of Billy Bob from Heartwood.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
shallow, thin and unBurkean April 20 2000
By "chrislapierre" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you think (like me) that JL Burke is America's finest writer, then buy "In the Electric Mist" or "Laying down my Sword", both of which were superbly crafted (or any of the Robicheaux novels, for that matter). "Texas", though, is brief, thin, and unBurkean. I'd give his other books 5 stars, but this one doesn't even deserve a 1.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Really a three and a half. June 26 2000
By nobizinfla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hard not to like and enjoy a James Lee Burke book. This is really more of a short story full of action in the period of the Alamo. One can see the genesis of the future Burke works. Wonderfully descriptive phrases, fully drawn characters and the ever present feeling of danger. As a James Lee Burke fan I am glad it has been reissued...it's well worth taking the time to explore his origins...and it's got lots of action and thrills.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"That's the worst thing about war.The civilians ain't got no stake in it,and they always get it first." Jan. 28 2014
By J. Guild - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my first novel by James Lee Burke,and I found it a terrific.I notice received high ratings from the 43 Reviews.I was very impressed.As a voracious reader of Westerns,my favorite being,"Longarm","LoneStar"."The Gunsmith","The Trailsman","Slocum",and authors such as Peter Brandvold (Frank Leslie) and Jory Sherman.The cover on this novel has great artwork,something I often mention in my Reviews;so I thought I'd give it a try.It is all located in south Texas and at the time of the Alamo and the Texas Rebellion of 1835-1836.I've not read a lot about this period,but in Westerns I read, the "heros" often venture into Mexico,and encounter Mexican Banditos and Ruales,but that is usually after the Civil War.
In this story we have 2 prisoners escape from prison and running for their lives,being hunted down,injured,even hiding with Indians and as a last resort finding that their friend Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett has been killed at the Alamo,and deciding their last hope of survival is to join General Sam Houston's Army and take on Santa Anna.Their other hope in life is the award of 640 acres of land Houston promised to soldiers who stuck it out in defeating Santa Anna. There is an Epilogue at the end that tells us what happened to Son Holland and Hugh Allison in later life.
The story is very well written with lots of excellent character development and fast,page turning action;all with real historical events tossed in.I am still amazed at the number of reviews this author and novel have received,but now I understand why.I can't wait to read more from James Lee Burke;certainly a western writer to be reckoned with in the future.

"Texas" evolved from the Caddo Indians greeting "te shas".Since there is no "sh" sound in Spanish,early explorers and missionaries writing about their travels replaced the unfamiliar syllable with an "x " to make "te x as".
So,there you have it ! from Armchair Reader "The Gigantic Reader (2009).


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