Paradise Sky

Paradise Sky

Book - 2015
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A rollicking novel about Nat Love, an African-American cowboy with a famous nickname: Deadwood Dick .

Young Willie is on the run, having fled his small Texas farm when an infamous local landowner murdered his father. A man named Loving takes him in and trains him in the fine arts of shooting, riding, reading, and gardening. When Loving dies, Willie re-christens himself Nat Love in tribute to his mentor, and heads west.

In Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, Nat becomes a Buffalo Soldier and is befriended by Wild Bill Hickok. After winning a famous shooting match, Nat's peerless marksmanship and charm earn him the nickname Deadwood Dick, as well as a beautiful woman. But the hellhounds are still on his trail, and they brutally attack Nat Love's love. Pursuing the men who have driven his wife mad, Nat heads south for a final, deadly showdown against those who would strip him of his home, his love, his freedom, and his life.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316329378
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 20, 2019

This was a funny, rowdy and bizarre western. The main character, Nat Love, was an actual African American cowboy but the rest of the book is pure fiction. Nat is a great narrator! Although it’s written in a humorous way it’s still an epic saga following his exploits, adventures, and his constant run-ins with his nemesis. Totally enjoyed this and would recommend to fans of the western genre.

May 07, 2019

Interesting and great storytelling.

Apr 23, 2019

Great storytelling from Nat Love’s first person narrative. Based on a true life Black cowboy. Love Lansdale’s dialogue and humor.


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