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Two for Texas Library Binding – Sep 1 1996


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


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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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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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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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20 of 22 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 23 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
Format: Paperback
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.
18 of 22 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.
5 Stars bit it wasn't long enough June 13 2014
By Terrill D. Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have yet to read a James Lee Burke novel that wasn't worth a five star rating.

This was a great look into the history of the Holland family and I hope Mr. Burke will let us, in the future, let us gaze into this familys past.

Excellent story Mr. Burk, thank you.

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