The first adventures of Lonesome Dove's Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, who join the Texas Rangers and set off on an adventure that leads them across the Texas and New Mexico deserts, fighting Indians, Mexicans, and a land that is the deadliest foe of all.
The book does a great job of setting up the characters of Gus and Call, showing them as young and green, but still carrying the personality traits that will be ingrained in them in the later novels. (It should be noted here that though this book deals with events prior to Lonesome Dove, it was written later, as a prequel.)
The story's biggest flaw, however, is a weak and unbelievable ending. It's almost as though McMurtry, having written himself into a corner, got bored with the whole thing and resorted to the time-honored (but no less disappointing) deus ex machina conclusion.
If you love westerns read the whole Lonesome Dove series. But they can stand alone too if you prefer to just read this one. I loved Larry McMurtry, he just can mesmorize you and you feel like you are in the old west right along with his characters. I highly recommend this and all of his books.
Guss & Call, Lonesome Dove partners. This book tells the story of when they were young. Very Good.
Not quite as fine as Lonesome Dove but very entertaining.
This is the story before Lonesome Dove
A very entertaining book.
In his earlier book: "Lonesome Dove", Larry McMurtry breathed new
life into the vanished American West and created two of the most
memorable heros in contemporary fiction:Augustus McCrae and Woodrow
Call. Now McMurtry produces another winner with the story of their
I loved the Lonesome Dove series. This is a 5 star read for western lovers.
Although not as good as Lonesome Dove this book tells about Gus and Woodrow's early years in the Texas Rangers and gives a lot of historical info about the indian wars in Texas and Mexico. I did enjoy this book a lot.
Not up to Lonesome Dove but readable if you like Mc Murtry or Westerns
This is the story of the early days of the Lonesome Dove characters Gus and Call.