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The Outcasts #2020

The Outcasts A taut thrilling adventure story about buried treasure a manhunt and a woman determined to make a new life for herself in the old west It s the th century on the Gulf Coast a time of opportunity

  • Title: The Outcasts
  • Author: Kathleen Kent
  • ISBN: 9780316206129
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Outcasts By Kathleen Kent, A taut, thrilling adventure story about buried treasure, a manhunt, and a woman determined to make a new life for herself in the old west.It s the 19th century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness After escaping the Texas brothel where she d been a virtual prisoner, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover, who has a plan to make them boA taut, thrilling adventure story about buried treasure, a manhunt, and a woman determined to make a new life for herself in the old west.It s the 19th century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness After escaping the Texas brothel where she d been a virtual prisoner, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover, who has a plan to make them both rich, chasing rumors of a pirate s buried treasure Meanwhile Nate Cannon, a young Texas policeman with a pure heart and a strong sense of justice, is on the hunt for a ruthless killer named McGill who has claimed the lives of men, women, and even children across the frontier Who if anyone will survive when their paths finally cross As Lucinda and Nate s stories converge, guns are drawn, debts are paid, and Kathleen Kent delivers an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will stop at nothing to make a new life for herself.

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    1. Extremely glad to see the reemergence of the Western novel and this novel embodies many of the features of the old westerns a prostitute, a killer, a town where treasure is supposedly hidden and of course, lawmen A chase, and a unpredictable ending make this a face paced and entertaining read.Lucinda, never could quite figure out if I liked this character or not Was she at all sympathetic, yes, I sympathized with her early life and her illness at a time when it was not at all understood But neve [...]

    2. I love strong women in books, and when I saw this cover and read the blurb, I thought, Heck yea While I didn t hate this story, I m a tad disappointed I thought I was getting some kinda gun slinging woman outlaw, but truth is, she only actually wields a gun once at the end and she s really just a cold, heartless whore made that way by men There s something a bit crazy about her, to be honest, and I m not referring to her seizures.The story alternates between her and Nate, a new Texas Ranger Nate [...]

    3. I am so sad that I finished this book.I want it to keep going and going.I won it in a FirstReads giveaway and the moment I pulled it out of the envelope, I knew I d like the book So kudos first to whoever designed one of the best book covers I ve seen in a very long time.More kudos to Kathleen Kent for the interesting, intriguing, and excellent plot she created in this book.The main characters, Lucinda and Nate, don t even meet until the last fifty pages or so and while that may seem odd, it s a [...]

    4. You may also read my review here mybookishways 2013 08 When we first meet Lucinda Lucy Carter, it s the late1800 s and she s making her escape from a Texas brothel with than a few dollars of the madam s stash in tow and an invitation to teach in Middle Bayou, Louisiana She s got to do in Middle Bayou than just teach, though In fact, a man is supposed to meet her there and he s got buried treasure on his mind, and plans to use Lucinda to get it Meanwhile, young Nate Cannon, a Texas cop, is hunt [...]

    5. I loved this novel The Outcasts is an engrossing novel set in the American west where no one is perfect and everyone is in search of something The story unfolds through the points of view of Nate Cannon and Lucinda Carter Nate is an immediately likeable character He leaves a young wife at home to join a cattle drive and later the Texas State Police On his first assignment, he encounters two crusty old Texas Rangers, George Deerling and Tom Goddard They have spent a lifetime hunting a ruthless ki [...]

    6. I really loved the atmosphere and the setting of this book, but found it difficult to care about its protagonists Kathleen Kent can write a pretty sentence, but it felt like the third person narrative was far too distanced from its characters I didn t end up really liking either Nate or Lucinda, which meant that the second half of the book dragged much than the first There is only so much riding across the desert that one can do before action is required.Ultimately, I just didn t find the overa [...]

    7. I was really excited to read this book I love westerns and the book cover for this book is eye catching However, once I actually cracked open this book, I found it was nothing like I was hoping for I kind of found Lucinda to be crude Nate is unmemorable In fact, I could not really tell you what this book was about as I only got about ten chapters in and put the book down with no regrets Plus, it moved extremely slow with little action from what I saw I like my westerns to have lots of action, a [...]

    8. If you ve never had the pleasure of reading a western, this book is the place to start I learned my appreciation for westerns from my dad, who has a particular penchant for The Duke John Wayne, of course I spent a fair amount of my growing up years watching classic western films and buying my dad secondhand copies of Louis L Amour and Zane Grey novels for holiday gifts There s something romantic and appealing about the deeply principled lawman, hunting down an unequivocally evil ne er do well Li [...]

    9. After Code Name Verity, this one needs to not hurt me Oh, thank god, there was no weeping.Despite knowing that Kathleen Kent is a great author love Heretic s Daughter, actually got into a long discussion with a big burly truck driver once about how much it rocked , I was hesitant about this book The cover made me want to read it immediately I do judge books by their covers , but it s a western, and I just don t westerns.I was captivated from the start, though Lucinda creeping out of the brothel, [...]

    10. Not a western lover or partial to Texas as a locale, this book captured me immediately It opens with a prostitute running way from her brothel with the Madam s live savings The interesting twist with this character is she is epileptic This is 1870, not much known about things like this yet It made her story very interesting.There are three lawmen on the trail of a very dangerous killer Two are seasoned Texas Rangers and one is a young Texas policeman I really enjoyed watching the bonding of thes [...]

    11. Additional Info based on 2nd reading finished last night This book was interesting on the second reading I got insight into the characters and the plot was as fun as ever I am now a staunch a Kathleen Kent fan Don t miss this if you re looking for a fun read with some literary qualities Original Review only 4 stars, but true observations This was my first experience reading Kathleen Kent, and I very much enjoyed it Fans of historical fiction from this time and place should be well satisfied by [...]

    12. I don t typically gravitate to Westerns in my reading, but I couldn t resist the setting in this one Galveston, Texas not to mention Austin and Houston It is a tale of the law chasing a criminal across the state to right a wrong The characters here are well drawn and the plot lines believable The story focuses on a Texas law man, Nate Cannon, newly sworn in, that is to deliver news to two fellow lawmen that a wanted killer, McGill, has been spotted in the far reaches of Texas Texas is big and cr [...]

    13. I LOVED this book Beautifully written, incredible characters, no disappointing, cliche romance Yay It s set in the Wild West but isn t a history So many good details of character and placea true work of modern literature.

    14. WowWhat a great couple of reading weeks this has been the last four books have all be extra special every one a book I didn t want to end and The Outcasts has been the pick of the litter What are the signs of extra special books for me it is a great Hook and Kathleen Kent I ve loved her other books The Heretic s Daughter is another favorite can cast that hook better than most I read nearly 40% of the book on the first nightSaturday I read til about 1 30 and then had to force myself to put it dow [...]

    15. It s not you, Outcasts It s me I just don t like depressing historical fiction I guess I am not literary enough to appreciate the high body count and terrible things that happen to most of the characters This book does seem well written to me Characters were complex and detailed the psychopaths of the story were especially well done The setting was rich and seemed historically accurate although this area time period socio economic subgroup is not exactly my area of expertise , and I learned a bi [...]

    16. The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent To start with, the heroine s history and through her own eyes comes to the fore She had epilepsy before anybody knew what it was, and her father considered it a curse of the Lord and put her into an institution She had a wonderful empathy and ability to relate to the sick, the downtrodden, no matter what the problem And they all loved her She was also intelligentelligent enough to make her own way and out of situations that could and did do real damage to other peop [...]

    17. We have come a long way from the 1870s, even in Texas.In the course of her life Lucinda samples all the available careers for women at that time wife, mother, prostitute and schoolteacher Desperate for acceptance as an epileptic she falls in with the plans of a client, who unfortunately is a homicidal killer hunting for rumors of Lafitte s lost gold in the bayous between Houston and Galveston.Hunting the killer is a trio of lawmen, 2 old timers and a rookie who earns their respect and trust.Ther [...]

    18. I won this book through a Good Reads giveaway and was very excitedI had already read The Heretic s Daughter.The Outcasts is set in the westTexas and New Orleanst my usual genrebut the location only enhances the plot starts of slow but races to a great finishKathleen Kent s development of characters is fantasticLucinda, Nate, Dr Tom, Deerling and Bill are intertwined in such a way is like peeling the layers of an onion till you get to the center and everything makes sensee conclusion will leave y [...]

    19. So this book started out good and I looked forward to the whole treasure hunt aspect Sure it was a bit slow but I held in there hoping for than what I got out of the book I had hoped that I would have to write a good review since I won it on but, alas, I didn t care for it I mean it just went on and on and on I was dying of boredom by the time I finished and almost shouted for joy when it was over It was mainly about death, travel, sex, death, guns, and sex For please go to nookbookmerlin 20

    20. Lucinda Carter has escaped the Texas brothel with enough money to sustain herself as she travels to the Gulf Coast to meet her lover who has plans to make them rich chasing rumor s of buried treasure At the same time, Texas State Policeman, Nate Cannon, is chasing a ruthless killer of men, women and children, named McGill, across the frontier As Nate and Lucinda s stories intertwine, a truth is revealed, guns are drawn and debts are paid as Lucinda stops at nothing to make a new life for herself [...]

    21. It s the Wild West with a prostitute and an inexperienced lawman running loose.Lucinda Carter and Nate Cannon will take you on a ride through the 1870 s as they try to make a new life for themselves They both wanted to start over, but they both ended up doing the same thing they always did.Lucinda went from being a prostitute to being a teacher, and Nate is trying his hand at being a lawman to make a better life for his family.Lucinda isn t an upstanding character, but her profession made her th [...]

    22. The Outcasts is a strong searing drama about murder and drama during the 1800s on the Gulf Coast The pace is slow with action throughout but to call it a thriller would be incorrect The driving force behind the Outcasts are the characters and the ties that bind them Lucinda Carter escapes from a brothel to meet with her lover and plan a new life She knows that the man she loves is different than other men but she excuses his crimes with a lie of what he could be William McGill is a murderer and [...]

    23. The Outcasts is decidedly anti climactic for all the build up regarding the mysterious McGill For one, the entire plot is too predictable Supposed plot twists are not twisty, and hidden identities are anything but hidden Even the most careless reader can pick up on the direction of the plot and hazard accurate guesses as to the eventual outcome The story is still enjoyable as decent stories are but not as suspenseful as was intended.As is often the way of things, the bad guys are exciting than [...]

    24. It s always a thrill when my friend Paulette hands me a book without comment from her extensive audiobook collection as happened with The Outcasts One of her many interests is books set in Texas, something I might not necessarily explore on my own The Outcasts is a real Texas western, with a ruthlessly bad guy killer on the loose, a green Texas lawman, two grizzly seasoned Texas Rangers, and a brothel whore The surprise is that the characters drive this novel than the action Nate Cannon, the gr [...]

    25. There are two threads running through this story In one, Lucinda Carter escapes from Mrs Landry s brothel The girls can leave any time they want, but are searched and any money they managed to save up is confiscated for business expenses But Lucinda not only escapes with her savings, but goes the madam one better She d discovered the woman s secret stash and looted it, slipping out in the night with a homemade key, from a pressing in soap, and is hours gone before anyone knows any different.The [...]

    26. Note I received a promotional copy of this book from a give away contest from either or from the author s website not sure which as I think I entered 2 contests,and no notation was included in the package I received in the mail.I really liked Kathleen Kent s first two books, so I was eager to read her latest offering I am not typically a fan of stories set in the old west, so I was pleasantly surprised that I ended up liking this book a great deal The story follows two different characters and t [...]

    27. Kent s latest is a departure from her earlier novels, but her talent for writing strong female protagonists in well written stories that invoke the sense of place and time shines through once again.This story takes place in 1870 s Texas, recovering from the Civil War and where often justice and lawlessness is often the same thing It is in this fascinating setting that we meet the multi layered complex characters as they explore the dark corners of love, hope, betrayal, and revenge The storylines [...]

    28. This is my kind of book A modern western set in Texas after the Civil War complete with shoot outs, drug addiction, romance, and spicy characters Each chapter alternates between the two main characters Lucinda a prostitute in love with an outlaw and Nate Cannon a young Texas sheriff It s not rightly stated, but I assumed that these two characters would eventually meet And they do after about 2 3rds of the book Some reviewers did not like that it took so long for these two to interact, but I did [...]

    29. I thought this book was AMAZINGLY written Not usually a fan of western themed books or movies, I thought this book would be the same But it truly drew me in and I could not believe the character development throughout this book It has some shocking turns of events and I honestly cannot believe how it ended It still drives me crazy That s how connected I was to the characters and the story I felt offended that someone I had come so close to could be such a deeply depraved person But then I realiz [...]

    30. I read this book with great interest It takes place in 1870 s Texas There are few characters 3 lawmen, a murdering outlaw, and a prostitute under the outlaw s spell In clear prose, which still carries a bite, the stories of these western folk draw them closer and closer together, finally intersecting in an interesting fashion I found the story quite suspenseful and recommend to all readers of historical fiction.

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