Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. His brothers-in-arms are mere shadows of their former selves—Gil, unmarked—determines to take care of them. But how far should a man go for the people he loves? Stepping across the line between right and wrong, Gil f TOP Kindle Crime The scion of one of the West's great outlaws comes home from the war in Iraq—Gilman James, the last of three childhood friends to return.
Stepping across the line between right and wrong, Gil finds himself stranded in the Texan desert—as a bank heist he's planned goes horribly wrong. Shielding a secret too precious to share with anyone, she's ready to cross her own line in the sand. What makes an outlaw? But can natural justice ever outrank the law?
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 25, Paul Nelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read. A bank. A gas station. A patrol, the other side of the world. Or a robbery, the fields of Texas. You stepped off, the fall could be an inch, a mile—unending. Nobody to save you, nobody there. Well that's how I'm feeling and all 'You took up a gun, your world could turn upside down in a heartbeat. Well that's how I'm feeling and all from looking at James Lee Burke on Amazon and clicking through customers also bought section.
Certainly glad I took a punt on this. What captured the atmosphere, the characters and a chase laden plot perfectly was John Stonehouse's style of writing and all this in a debut novel that's left me eagerly waiting for his next offering. You know I like my quotes so there's a couple scattered through the review. The style of writing is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, it's short, sharp, sparse and not a wasted word in site. There's no beating around the bush and it takes a little while getting used to, it's not for everyone but you can say that for every book ever written.
I'll give you an example of a direct prose that borders on cutting but at the same time a mite refreshing. But I couldn't look her in the eye, the girl I met in second grade. Freckles and the chestnut hair. If every bone in her body had gone, she couldn't have looked more broken.
She told me she could sit on that porch, not a soul could see her—not a soul could hear her ask the world why it took everything. The boy she loved from eight years old. Their plans plunge into catastrophe and pretty soon it's all down to improvisation and the unknown as they become wanted fugitives at large. Every man and his dog on their case.
On The hunt US deputy Marshal John Whicher, four main strategic points, four towns and 'thirty thousand square miles of desert and mountain and honest to god wilderness. Tennille needs cash, needs an out for her daughter, escape from a partner and Gil drops into her lap like a tainted gift from God. Right is forever broken, compromised, wrong takes over until finally the boundaries between good and immorality fade into obscurity as everyone's reasons come to the fore.
Atmospheric I guess would be the perfect word to describe this, bleak and harsh conditions, the mountains, the trails, the rain and the desert almost taking on the role of a vengeful character, providing help then wrenching it away in a storm of indifference. He holds his jacket across his mouth in the choking haze, sand scattering, the ground shifting.
Like smoke beneath his boots. View all 6 comments. Dec 06, Andrew Smith rated it liked it Shelves: noir-hardboiled. Ex-marines, scarred by combat. Now a new mission to complete. Money to be made, the purpose oblique. East Texas. Dusty trails.
A seasoned lawman on the chase. Short sentences. Conversations are cursory. Facts are hard to glean, dripped out slowly. Physical characteristics skimmed over. Players not fully drawn. Need to adapt to the rhythm. Read it quickly. That's better, getting into the flow It's a case of less would have been more.
Chase too protracted. Facts too slow to ma Ex-marines, scarred by combat. Facts too slow to materialise. Did I care enough to plough on. Just about. It's different. Not everyone's cup of tea. Not mine really. View all 4 comments. Mar 28, Raven rated it it was amazing. Always keen to highlight debut authors, John Stonehouse has proved to be a real find with his first book, An American Outlaw.
This is a blistering slice of modern Americana that is hugely reminiscent in the spare, sparse style of authors like Cormac McCarthy, Ace Atkins and Denis Johnson, and hooks the reader throughout with its depiction of a fast-moving and tension filled manhunt across Texas. The action focuses on Gilman James a distant relation of outlaw Jesse James and his two cohorts, hav Always keen to highlight debut authors, John Stonehouse has proved to be a real find with his first book, An American Outlaw.
The action focuses on Gilman James a distant relation of outlaw Jesse James and his two cohorts, having successfully completed one heist, and on the verge of a second in the far southwest of Texas. However, due to an unfortunate power outage, and the gung-ho actions of the other members of his team, their second job leads to death and injury and sees Gil and his injured friend on the receiving end of a desperate manhunt in the company of Tennille Labrea, a woman harbouring a secret and with an agenda all of her own.
With the ex-military background of James, his cohorts, and the marvellous and dogged Whicher, Stonehouse plays heavily on the themes of friendship, loyalty and the bonds and experiences illicited by the involvement in military conflict, and this is a real strength of the book. Stonehouse reveals a step at a time the connection between the main male characters through their military service across both Gulf Wars, highlighting key events across their tours of duty, and how these incidents have shaped and defined their connections to one another.
The pace is relentless and tense, and supported by this excellent characterisation, truly keeps those pages turning. Although I was initially less sure about the introduction of the female charater, Tennille, a young Hispanic woman joining up with the fugitives, my fears were quickly assuaged, as her story was integrated well into the main plot, thus undoing my feeling of her being a token female character to make up the numbers. The atmosphere and location of the action is brilliantly rendered, with clipped and precise descriptions of the dusty environs of the Texas landscape and its haunting but desolate beauty.
You can almost hear the twanging strains of a lone guitar, as the fugitives track across this endless wasteland of run down gas stations, diners and the miles and miles of deserted and hostile Texan terrain. A good read. Apr 10, Amazonaute rated it really liked it. Good stuff. Not cheerful. Very very American. Aug 14, Col rated it it was amazing Shelves: , s. His brothers-in-arms are mere shadows of their former selves--Gil, unmarked--determines to take care of them.
Stepping across the line between right and wrong, Gil finds himself stranded in the Texan desert--as a bank heist he's planned goes horribly wrong. An American Outlaw is a debut novel from author John Stonehouse. We have a fast-paced tale of robbery and pursuit set in wildest Texas. We have an interesting mix of characters, mainly focusing around a trio of strong, determined and likeable individuals; Gil — a disaffected veteran, loyal to friends and family but now willing to put himself on the wrong side of the law, like his famous ancestor; Tennille — a single Hispanic mother, getting by but unwilling to sacrifice her daughter to her abusive ex-husband and looking for an opportunity to forge a new life for them both away from his clutches; and Whicher, another veteran and now a Marshal.
Whicher has a decency about him, as well as tenacity and acumen — a quality which serves him well in his pursuit of Gilman James after poor fortune and impetuosity from his partners in crime derail the meticulous planning laid in place. In doing so he touches on issues which effect a lot of people today on either side of the Atlantic ……. Should we be surprised when people decide to fight back? Apr 16, Pat rated it it was amazing. An American Outlaw is the brilliantly accomplished, adrenaline fuelled and emotionally charged debut thriller by author John Stonehouse.
Gil James is a Gulf war veteran. He returns home remarkably unscathed himself but for his childhood buddies Michael, Nate and Steven, Traumatic Brain Injury, a disastrous last mission and a return home to families suffering from lack of support and financial ruin have all taken their toll. A An American Outlaw is the brilliantly accomplished, adrenaline fuelled and emotionally charged debut thriller by author John Stonehouse.
A bank robbery goes wrong and a dramatic and exciting chase begins, across a wild, desolate Texas landscape with uninhabited tracks and few people to busy diners, a cattle auction and lots more. Add a determined US marshal, John Whicher, a beautiful young Mexican woman, Tennille Labrea, a great mix of narrative and dialogue, plenty of action , a clever and unexpected ending and you have this highly recommended, 5 star action crime thriller.
A great novel and very much look forward to the next. Happy reading everyone!! Jan 02, Will Decker rated it really liked it. Noir style? Had the editing been a little more polished I would have given it a 5 star rating. I loved the story. The soft spoken main character that isn't only dangerous, but always thinking, with all his flaws. The hot Latino that grows on him and him on her, yet they never get sexual because the story is so much more than that. A gripping, emot Noir style?
A gripping, emotional tale with a great ending! Stonehouse is an author worth following!
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Listened with TTS. Foul Language. Dec 09, Randy rated it it was amazing. Gilman James, a distant relative of the famous outlaw, gets involved in a bank robbery gone bad one dead, one wounded , a young kid jumping the gun, and is pursued by a U. He'd simply wanted to help some old friends, and their family, who'd been left wounded by the war in the Middle East.
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