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It is a revenge story, which is certainly not uncommon to Westerns. The fact that its central protagonist is female gives the revenge plot a certain distinction, but that also has been done plenty of times before. The real bonus here is the depth of characterization, the plot twists, and the tangled motivations of the various players as presented by the skilled hand of author Bill Crider. Ellie Taine --- the aforementioned central protagonist --- is especially well drawn and memorable. So, too, is Jonathan Crossland, a man essentially dying of cancer who is "resurrected" to hit the trail one last time in an effort to try and set some things right regarding his greedy, no-good son.
There's plenty of action in this fast-paced tale, but the revelations and shifting interactions between its characters --- some good, some bad, a couple somewhere in between --- is what will make the most lasting impression on readers.
Plenty of action adorns this saga of amoral bank robbers who seem to have little regard for human life and whose insensitivity is equal to their own selfishness. Leaving a trail of death and violence in their wake, they pound out a path of destruction and hatred to everyone including each other. In the process they shoot a sheriff, and cause grave suspicion to infect their own gang. Eventually, injury and violence becomes self-directed and they meet their own destiny as they seek to escape judgment.
On the surface, this seems to be typical kind of western, yet a deeper look reveals a journey of human growth, perception, and purposeful living. The woman realizes that she receives little satisfaction from her vengeance and the father realizes that he is on the last ride of his life. Recognizing the sadness of his own son's life, he sets out to self-actualize his world by helping the woman. In the end we see the results of crime, of goodness, of fortitude, and mostly of living a life of integrity.
This is an unusual book in that it seems to reside somewhere deeper in the emotions than most westerns.Read more ›
Set in the small-town Texas of 1887, Outrage at Blanco begins with a kick directly to the reader’s gut. Ellie Taine, on her way back to the farm with a wagonload of groceries, encounters two cowboy psychopaths only a mile out of town where she is brutally raped and beaten by the men. The cowboys plan to be in Blanco only as long as it takes to rob the town’s one bank, and not being at all worried about being called to account for the rape, they allow Ellie to live. Bad mistake, that.
Ellie Taine has had enough, and after her husband fails in his own efforts to hold the men accountable for what they did to her, Ellie goes after them herself. But she does not plan to bring these guys back to the sheriff when she finds them – she has other plans for their immediate future. Outrage in Blanco, though, is more than just a shoot-‘em-up western. Crider has populated little Blanco, Texas, with a whole cast of characters who get involved in everything from bank-robbing to incompetent attempts at heroism to living life at the fullest before it is forever too late to do so. Some of them deserve a book all their own.
Crider pulls no punches (this is an adult western, for sure) in Outrage in Blanco but, in the end, this is a bit of a feel-good story with a lesson or two to teach along the way. The body-count is high, and as opposed to the movies I grew up on, not just among the bad guys, but it is largely a character driven novel, so readers get the best of both worlds. Fans of western novels need to check out this one.
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Long drawn out story. Got to speed reading at the end just to get through it. I usually like Bill Crider but he missed on this one.Published 1 month ago by Judy McAdam
Good story and very believable. The only negative criticism I have about the book is the photo on the cover. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Welte
With action on every page and a plot that zings along with the speed of a bullet fired from a six shooter, Bill Crider really shows his skill at crafting an action packed story... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Noirguy
Mildly entertaining. Crider's minimalist style wears thin after a bit. Characters are underdeveloped and the dialogue seems forced in places.Published 6 months ago by Sherry Morris
As a long time reader of western tales, I was glad to read this gem. Mr Crider is a fine spinner of realistic western fiction filled with interesting characters in an engrossing... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
As a fan of Bill Crider's Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, I was a little hesitant to try a female protagonist - but Ellie Taine is great. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Rogers
I have beern a fan of Crider for many years. This is one of the best.Published 7 months ago by Tom Calkins
Warning! This book is very brutal in its depiction of some scenes so it's not for the faint of heart. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tgc