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Long Ride Home

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Theo Belk is the quintessential gunfighter: rootless, ruthless, and deadly. In the fierce and lawless Western frontier of 1874 these traits were what was needed to stay alive. Haunted by the ghosts of the men he's killed, there is one man he has set out to destroy... Louis Gasceaux, the man who murdered his parents while a younger Theo watched. But the trail Theo's followi...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 15th 1991 by Tor Books (first published November 1988)
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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...more
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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.
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.
Rosemary Prawdzik
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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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.
Lots of "reckons" and other fake accents which I found tedious. Back to donation box.
Mike O'neill
Finished this book years ago - guess I better update my Googreads, huh? My bad!
Sean Dockery
Excellent characterization of the psyche of a person wounded by trauma.
Brian Lee
I love LOVE Gear's Sci Fi books. This western not so much.
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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