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Red Lands Outlaw: the Ballad of Henry Starr Kindle Edition
An honorable thief with the Wild West stacked against him. Can he wrangle up riches before they see him hang?
Oklahoma, 1915. Henry Starr had modest ambitions to be a rancher. But when his Cherokee blood becomes a perpetual guilty sentence in the eyes of lawmen, he decides to embrace his undeserved reputation. And with his gang’s infamy growing, the charismatic outlaw saddles up for his most ambitious score yet: Be the first to rob two banks at once without getting sent to the gallows.
After a nearly fatal close shave that prompts his childhood sweetheart to beg him to quit, Henry swears off his life of crime in exchange for marital bliss. But with disastrous lies and the constant temptation of one last lucrative raid, his only escape could be through a hail of bullets.
Can the audacious desperado out ride the long arm of the law and live to see another day?
Red Lands Outlaw, the Ballad of Henry Starr is a magnificent semi-biographical historical Western. If you like charming gunslingers, touching surprises, and thrilling blends of fact and fiction, then you’ll love Phil Truman’s trailblazing tale.
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"Author Phil Truman captured a slice of Indian Territory history and has woven it into an interesting period novel. Anyone who loves the history of the West will enjoy Red Lands Outlaw: the Ballad of Henry Starr." - Tammy Hinton, author and winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Unbridled
"Truman's storytelling shines throughout..." - Kathleen Rice Adams, Western Fictioneers
- ASIN : B06XDKSKDH
- Publisher : PTI Publishing; 2nd edition (March 2, 2017)
- Publication date : March 2, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 701 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 242 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #633,078 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Phil Truman's masterful portrayal of Henry Starr left me with mixed emotions. I couldn't decide if Starr was a good man with a bad heart or a bad man with a good heart. He was plagued from early life with the idea that it was easier to steal than to work for a living, but later in life after spending many years in prison, he decided to teach kids that crime doesn't pay. His addiction to robbing banks cost him two wives, two children, a successful business, and many years on the run from the law. And just when it looked like he was getting his life straightened out, the addiction in his blood overpowered him again and led him back into a life of crime and eventually to death.
Red Lands Outlaw - The Ballad of Henry Starr is a mixed bag of love and hate, hurt and healing, happy and sad. It is a fast-paced spaghetti western in the vein of Two Mules for Sister Sarah and A Fist Full of Dollars. It is apparent that Truman did his homework and set this book in authentic Oklahoma towns and territorial locations. His characters are believable, drawing the reader into the story. His use of historical western figures such as Quanah Parker and Lawman Bill Tilghman bring the story to life without distracting from the main plot of the book. There's a slow spot or two, and the timelines run a little thin at points, but that's not unexpected when creating fiction around history.
This book isn't an epic adventure like Lonesome Dove, but it's not intended to be. It's just a good romp across the Oklahoma Territory sharing the saddle of a true western icon. So if you've got a Kindle or Nook reader, $2.99, and a free afternoon, buy this book, sit back, pour yourself a cold one, and enjoy a good book. You won't regret it.
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This leisurely western gives us a look at Oklahoma Territory and the Indian Nations. True life and fictionalized details are combined to make for a detailed tale about Henry's life and times. In this, he meets a number of famous people, from Qanah Parker, to Bill Tillghman, to hanging Judge Parker.
The people are the real story here, living in the final days of the old west when some people, like Henry Starr, didn't want the old days to end.
For Henry, the end was inevitable.
-R. C. Wade
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Truman's prose is flawless and he is a good storyteller. There is a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid feel to this novel which isn't a bad thing since Starr had a reputation for being a gentleman bank robber. Starr's extended prison stays are underplayed and the ending is compressed. I could have read much more of this story. Still, this is a fine addition to the canon of the fiction of the American West.