Book Review – Escape

Escape: A Wyoming Historical NovelEscape
Written By: Jean Henry Mead
Published By: ePress-online, Inc.
Date: 2008
Pages: 251
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1934258217

Escape sweeps you back to the Wild West; where ranchers and outlaws battled for survival in an unforgiving landscape.”

Product Description – From
“ESCAPE creates a vivid account of the days when posses pursued Wyoming bank robbers. Andrea Bordeaux lives with her grandparents. When outlaws arrive, her grandmother shears Andrea’s long hair, puts her in overalls, and calls her Andy, hoping to protect her. Unfortunately, the outlaws take Andy with them and leave her grandparents injured. Andy finds herself thrust into the midst of Wild Bunch members who take her to the Hole in the Wall, where they plan the Belle Fourche Bank robbery. Only Billy knows the truth about her gender and she’s sworn him to secrecy. Following an attack by a vicious outlaw intent on carving her face, Butch Cassidy himself promises she can return home after their planned bank job. Meanwhile, the Four-State Governor’s Pact is enacted to rid the country of outlaws. ESCAPE provides a fascinating glimpse into the legendary outlaws of Wyoming. Historical fans will thoroughly enjoy their visit with Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch.”

Escape is gritty, authentic and brilliant! I’ve watched Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid and a few western movies in my time and I really have to hand it to Jean Henry Mead; she’s captured the essence and the vivid intensity of the Wild West in this novel. The story of Andy (Andrea Bordeaux) and her plight is the main focus of the story though a western wouldn’t be complete without the requisite hold-ups, saloons and posses hunts; this book has it all! When Andy is kidnapped by a gang of outlaws and taken away from her Grandparents, the gang assumes that she’s a boy and makes her an unofficial member of the gang for the time being. There is a lovely romantic element that is fairly subdued and compliments the rest of the story nicely. With skilfully written characters and breathtaking landscapes, this Western novel takes you on a daring ride over dusty hills and through sagebrush-dotted plains. We’re given some interesting glimpses of some of the West’s most notorious outlaws and we get to see things from their perspective. I’m not a western fan by nature but Jean sure has made a believer out of me!
I highly recommend this book for Historical Fiction readers who yearn for the old West and its untamed wildness!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (8 out of 10 Diamonds) – Thoroughly enjoyed it

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A special thanks to Jean Henry Mead for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy


7 thoughts on “Book Review – Escape

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about the old West, but my dad sure does love them. I’m glad to see a female author writing about it!

  2. Hello Kathy,

    This is the first book that I have read about the West. I always figured that they would be boring (sorry to say). Did you feel the same way?
    That’s really interesting that your father was a big Western fan; I’ll best he read some Louis L’Amour, right? :) I think that Jean has interviewed Louis L’Amour; the interview is on her website if you are interested.
    Thank you for your comment!

  3. *****************************************************************************
    Thank you for the great review, Bobbie. I must tell you that it took ten years of research and writing to produce the book, and I was very fortunate to have the late Fred Grove and Richard S. Wheeler as mentors. Both novelists were/are multi-award-winners. They didn’t serve as editors but gave me some great advice.

    And yes, I did interview Louis L’Amour at his home in Bel Air (Los Angeles). He was an inspiration as well. I have other interviews with well known writers at:


  4. Hello Jean,

    You are most welcome for the review; I’m glad you enjoyed it. Wow, that’s a pile of research and work for one book but I must say it was well worth your time and effort! :)

    That must have been something; to be interviewing and picking the brains of such legendary writers.

    Thanks so much for commenting, Jean.


  5. Congrats Jean on a great review! I love the author interviews you post on your blog.

    Bobbie, thanks for sharing this great review. I don’t read many westerns either, but this sounds like a must read.


  6. Helen – Jean’s book deserved a good review…it’s very realistic and I enjoyed it very much! Thanks for stopping by. :)

    Charlotte – You are most welcome for sharing my review…I’m glad you enjoyed it. :) I recommend it for sure! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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