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Long Ride Home

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
There is a reason Long Ride Home has remained in print for twenty years. The novel is a classic. The gunman has become a romanticized American icon, but Gear dares to take us inside his gunfighter's troubled soul: that of a man teetering between destruction and salvation.

Theo Belk is the quintessential gunfighter: rootless, ruthless, and deadly. In the fierce and lawless W
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Forge Books (first published November 1988)
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Jul 28, 2012 Annie rated it it was ok
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Jul 24, 2011 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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haunted by the memories of his parent’s death young Theo has become a gun slinger a gun man of the west, he is a loner, and distant man. He is hunting all his life for the man who destroyed his family, taken in by Mormons taught to read and write, learned how to hunt from the old trappers and woodsmen of the west, he knows Indian ideals, traits, and survival tactics. He finds himself always in search of his man. He was always just a week behind his quarry. Then just as s
Nov 20, 2013 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Westerns aren't usually my type of book. This was a typical western in many ways. Had the horses,gunfights, saloons, prostitutes, Indians, virtuous women, etc. The author was very good at character development. Although the main character was a "bad guy", the author portrayed him with many layers. Even though he did bad things, the reader could still hope that things would turn around. This book was quite violent. If you like Westerns, you would probably love this book.
Nov 18, 2011 RJay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book I was haunted by it for several weeks. It was given to me by a friend so I didn't know what to expect when I started reading it. For me, it portrays the violence of the West in a way that stayed with me. I think the fortitude of the people who suffered this violence, from the weather and other peoples, resonates with decendents of those long-suffering pioneers. Not for the faint of heart.
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Jan 31, 2014 Ashley Filippo rated it really liked it
I really did enjoy this book a lot. I can see why some people are upset and giving such a negative review about the book because Gear built up this strong main character and the ending was not really expected or anticipated. Overall, I didn't find this book dull or boring, it kept me interested and I really couldn't put it down.
Sep 02, 2013 CindySlowReader rated it did not like it
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Gear tells a story that is fairly engrossing; it focuses on the inner processes that drive a man to live on the very edge of humanity. The human struggle to match actions with good and evil is a constant theme in this book.
Apr 29, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not your typical western. Shows the story of a gunman and what happens in his head to make him kill.

Very enjoyable but don't look for a Zane Grey or Louis L'Amour style Western. Lots of violence in this one and some graphic texts. Not for children.
Sean Dockery
Apr 08, 2012 Sean Dockery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent characterization of the psyche of a person wounded by trauma.
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Jul 20, 2013 Brian Durfee rated it liked it
I love LOVE Gear's Sci Fi books. This western not so much.
Mike O'neill
Finished this book years ago - guess I better update my Googreads, huh? My bad!
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Aug 01, 2010 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good beach reading
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W. Michael Gear was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on the twentieth of May, 1955. A fourth generation Colorado native, his family had been involved in hard-rock mining, cattle ranching, and journalism. After his father's death in 1959, Michael's mother received her Master's degree in journalism and began teaching. In 1962 she married Joseph J. Cook, who taught tool and die making, and the fam ...more
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