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Not so many years ago, rumor had it that the grizzled mountain man living by himself in a cabin on Lone Cone Peak in southwestern Colorado was an outlaw to stay clear of. A true survivor of the woolliest days of America's great move westward, he was a man with chilling memories and few regrets, a legend folks whispered about for years - a hard, hurting cowboy. His name was ...more
Paperback, 720 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Island Books (first published May 1st 1994)
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This is a sprawling, detailed (at times painfully so), entertaining Western. Harry Combs, 80 years young when he wrote this, did his homework on this debut novel. He and his character, mountain man Cat Brules, seem to know everything about anything to do with the old West, whether it’s journeying from New Mexico to Wyoming, making moccasins from buffalo hide, or outwitting and killing Comanche Indians. Sometimes, the action bogs down amidst the quicksand of such minutiae, but other than that, th ...more
Greg Klein
Gritty, violent, heartbreaking. Other reviewers have called it "sprawling", which is probably the most accurate way to describe this book. However, I didn't really care for the redneck accented 1st person for 99% of the whole 700 pages. The narrative was a little too distracting to my ears. Also, knowing the fate of the main character from the beginning took the wind out of the story and made it feel like it dragged on too long. It probably should have been carved into 3 books, each centered aro ...more
Christopher Wolowski
An absolutely fantastic book. One that I didn’t want to end, and one that will stay with me for a long time. I’ve read a few Westerns in my life, and Brules is easily my favorite. I’ve seen a couple of people complain about the voice, but I loved it. Authentic and gritty. Just a seriously awesome book.

Bonus: I’m planning on moving to Colorado in the not-so-distant future, and the flavor and feel of this book got me more hyped than I already was lol.

Another of my older brother's books. I didn't like it, obviously--and I do like westerns. It was overly long, overly boring, and too much detail in unnecessary scenes for me. Try Louis L'Amour if you want a fun, always-the-good-guy-wins-and-gets-the-girl western and Elmer Kelton if you want a western where there is believable characters and a good story.
Absolutely loved the story and the main character,Brules but greatly disliked the author's writing style. Way too much rambling of an old geiser telling his endless detail ridden story. It just went on and on and on - at times just so boring!!
One of the very best Westerns I have ever read. Very well written and as with all good books the anticipation of having the time to reward yourself to read more was a 'can't wait' for sure.
Mar 03, 2009 Rebbie added it
This is one of my favorite books. An incredible American story, and being from the West, (Kansas) I particularly enjoyed the western flavor. I've actually read it about 4 times
If you love stories of the old west, you will love the tale of Cat Brules. It is a "can't put down" novel about the life of a mountian man in the old west. I really enjoyed it.
having lived in the Colorado mountains AND New Mexico, I could feel this book...and for months I was on the watch for Comanches...and I was 47 years old when I read this
I have to thank my dad for recommending this book. It is just a fun read--definately something to take in during some down-time.
An inspiration to take a camping/road trip around The Four Corners (CO, UT, AZ, NM) & Wyoming ... with a special person.
Stephanie Fuller
Never thought I'd like a cowboys 'n indians book... but this one was quite captivating!
SUPERB...especially because I've lived in Colorado and New Mexico...just love this man
Mary Lizotte
I remember thoroughly enjoying this book and looking for my by this author.
First in the trilogy. I've read the series twice... in 1996 and again in 2006.
Baron Guinther
Awesome western with intense feeling and scenery. I wanted to be Brules.
A good read about the 4-Corners area of Colorado.
My favorite western.
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