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.

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