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The Professionals

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Five against two hundred, They rode the trail to a showdown with death...
Paperback, 220 pages
Published February 2nd 1982 by Signet (first published 1964)
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Chris Hayes
A shockingly good western, very literate, almost post-modern (though first published in 1964).
Frank O'Rourke is a writer of westerns whose books I quite enjoy. This book and the movie from it are both well done. Set in the Mexican Revolution, the story offers glimpses into the sordid politics of revolution itself, the lives of soldiers of fortune and the beauty and harshness of the desert country. The plot is simple enough; five professionals are hired to rescue a kidnapped wife, held for ransom but set to die regardless. The details of how it is done make for good reading. My paperback ...more
Will M
Feb 28, 2008 Will M rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventurers. risky dudes that aren't pussies
macho and bad ass. takes place in the early 1900's. awesome story about risky-soldier-type men, each a professional in their field, brought together by a powerful, wealthy texan to rescue his kidnapped wife from mexican revolutionaries. o'rourke's writing style, in my opinion, is among the best i've ever read. it was also made into an equally awesome film in 1966. a must see/read for the fight club fan.
Raegan Butcher
This story set in 1916 about five men who agree to rescue a kidnapped woman from the clutches of Mexican bandits during the waning days of the Mexican revolution really makes you understand what a hassle it would be to travel anywhere or mount any kind of expedition on horseback. Much detail is given over to the logistics of packing and unpacking supplies and the feed and care given to horses and mules.
Five soldiers of fortune are hired to retrieve a wealthy rancher's wife who has been kidnapped by a bandit. Or was she? It's a good novel that was made into a very good movie (Lee Marvin, Woody Strode, Burt Lancaster, etc.).
Excellent novel about the American/ Mexican west in the early 1900's about 5 soldier of fortune types on a quest to retrieve a kidnapped wife.
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why the high price 1 2 Jun 20, 2009 09:34AM  
Frank O'Rourke was an American writer known for western and mystery novels and sports fiction. O'Rourke wrote more than 60 novels and numerous magazine articles.

Born in Denver, Colorado he attended Kemper Military School. A talented amateur baseball player, he considered trying out for a professional team, but was called up for service in World War II. At the end of the war he decided to become a
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