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  1. Melki Melki says:

    There s an old Spanish proverb that says, Beware the man who knows but one book And that s especially true if that one book is sacred The man of one book will slit your throat without a moment s hesitation or an ounce of remorse, confident that he s done it in the service of all that s good in this world and rewarded in the next Beware, indeed, for that man is coming He is a man who has one favorite book that he reads over and over A man who is determined to create his own army that There s an old Spanish proverb that says, Beware the man who knows but one book And that s especially true if that one book is sacred The man of one book will slit your throat without a moment s hesitation or an ounce of remorse, confident that he s done it in the service of all that s good in this world and rewarded in the next Beware, indeed, for that man is coming He is a man who has one favorite book that he reads over and over A man who is determined to create his own army that will right society s wrongs A man whose reign of terror began at age fourteen A man riven through with hate and malice A man who means to get evenwith everybody A man who enjoys causing pain and suffering.my prison years are behind me I m out for good and the world better practice trembling The man of one book is one sick twist Hell, boy, I am a Force of Nature There s nothing I can t do Now, we must meet the residents of Twenty Mile, a town that exists merely to service the eating, drinking and whoring needs of the local silver mine Twenty Mile is a community of has beens and never wases Misfits all Closer examination reveals that no one in town is quite what they seem There are hidden agendas, old grudges and secret, burning desires Before long, you start to get the feeling that these innocent townsfolk may just prove to bethan a match for the horror that is headed their way Oh, that sweet, sweet anticipation.I rarely stumble upon a true can t stop turning the pages book, but the second half of this one was hard to put down Thank you, Lee, for bringing this one to my attention


  2. Eric_W Eric_W says:

    It s difficult to know just how to classify this book at first glance Trevanian, pseudonym for a Rodnet Whitaker, former professor at the University of Texas, insists all his books are spoofs But the book is clearly muchthan just a send up of the classic Western revenge novel.The bad guy, Lieder, resembles that Lecter creep from the movie He escapes from the moonberry nuthouse section at a maximum security prison by persuading the guard that he has undergone an intense religious c It s difficult to know just how to classify this book at first glance Trevanian, pseudonym for a Rodnet Whitaker, former professor at the University of Texas, insists all his books are spoofs But the book is clearly muchthan just a send up of the classic Western revenge novel.The bad guy, Lieder, resembles that Lecter creep from the movie He escapes from the moonberry nuthouse section at a maximum security prison by persuading the guard that he has undergone an intense religious conversion His goal is to form a militia to fight off what he believes is an international conspiracy to people America with immigrants Shades of black U.N helicopters He was the baddest of the bad, a brilliant maniac who had maimed whole families in the cause of electing William Jennings Bryan he never kills, to avoid the death penalty He and his fellow escapees descend on Twenty Mile to steal a silver shipment that passes through the town weekly he doesn t realize it s in the form of ore in order to subsidize his movement.Twenty Mile so called because it was twenty miles from a spot twenty miles away is a dying town populated by a host of Western stereotypes One prostitute is French, a tall, lean, yellow eyed black woman from New Orleans Some of the language is clearly the author having a good time A susurrus sic scurry of sliding scree drew his attention to three men climbing up the slope toward him And one of the characters delights in telling everyone how the United States was imperialistic in its actions during the Spanish American War Clearly the author was not a fan of Theodore Roosevelt, noting the Rough Rider made sure there were plenty of photographers handy when he made his charge, then taking his whole company back to New York, where the real enemies, malaria, disease and bad water, couldn t follow.An epilogue reveals the incident is based on a real event Trevanian discovered the story almost by accident He did a considerable amount of research, finally discovering most of the fine points in old newspapers of a neighboring town, Destiny In fact, it s reading the details of what happened to the very real characters in the book that places the entire story in context For example, we learn why the train returned almost immediately after dropping off the miners at Twenty Mile, and why the town became completely deserted within a week after the events described in the book.Trevanian has written a masterful re creation of an extraordinary event in the history of the West that surpasses a Louis L Amour novel


  3. David David says:

    Excellent and unique western action Lots of turns in the story and a moving epilogue.


  4. Bob Mckay Bob Mckay says:

    Trevanian Trevanian has always been one of my favorite authors and I have never been disappointed with his work, no matter what his style This western is full of the suspense this writer is so adept at It is every bit as exciting as all of Trevanian s espionage series but in a turn of the century setting I must confess I turned a buddy of mine, a L amour fan, onto the book and he was a little taken back by the adult aspects, but as I reminded him, life was harsh Trevanian Trevanian has always been one of my favorite authors and I have never been disappointed with his work, no matter what his style This western is full of the suspense this writer is so adept at It is every bit as exciting as all of Trevanian s espionage series but in a turn of the century setting I must confess I turned a buddy of mine, a L amour fan, onto the book and he was a little taken back by the adult aspects, but as I reminded him, life was harsh on the frontier


  5. Cbj Cbj says:

    This is a pretty vicious western from the man who gave us Shibumi A sinister psychopath, who reminded me of Hannibal Lecter but isof an ultra right wing racist patriot, escapes from jail along with a couple of easily lead but no less crazy inmates Inspired by hate propaganda which he read in jail, the psychopath racist patriot wants to eradicate all immigrants from America Almost at the same time, a young man with a huge shotgun and a bunch of Ringo kid novels arrives in the small nearl This is a pretty vicious western from the man who gave us Shibumi A sinister psychopath, who reminded me of Hannibal Lecter but isof an ultra right wing racist patriot, escapes from jail along with a couple of easily lead but no less crazy inmates Inspired by hate propaganda which he read in jail, the psychopath racist patriot wants to eradicate all immigrants from America Almost at the same time, a young man with a huge shotgun and a bunch of Ringo kid novels arrives in the small nearly abandoned American town of Twenty Mile The young man imposes himself on the people in the small town comprising three prostitutes, their pimp, the bartender, a cruel family of four who run an eating house, the department store owner and his beautiful daughter, two old homosexual men who run a livery, a barber and a preacher through a mixture of charming and earnest behavior which helps him land a few odd jobs But not everything is right with the young man who seems to be nursing the wounds of a violent childhood The young man sleeps with the damp, sweaty, bovine and voluptuous daughter of the eating house owner but his heart lies with the beautiful and innocent daughter of the department store owner.When the psychopath and henchmen arrive at Twenty Mile wreaking havoc it is up to the young man and a few of the residents to save the spiritually wounded people of the small town who cannot seem to stand up for themselves Both the hero and villain in the novel have had terrible childhoods we are damaged children, the psycho tells the young man whom he wants to join his army that would cleanse America of immigrants Though they chose different life paths.I really liked the way Trevanian described the history of the small town and introduced the characters one by one Despite a whole lot of cliches and over the top dialog, the characters are well developed and I really enjoyed the descriptions of life in the small American town in the early Twentieth century which involved working hard all day and then sitting on the porch for half an hour or so, looking at the night sky above the foothills, enjoying the evening breezes, sometimes talking quietly, sharing vagrant wisps of thought that drifted into their minds And the food slabs of rare stringy meat, boiled cabbage, freshly baked biscuits soaked in corn syrup followed by peaches and coffee.Trevanian really tore into the Arabs in Shibumi and in Twenty Mile the psychopath is inspired by Arab invaders of the Congo when him and his followers take over the small town The novel has a lot of tension but everything happens a little too fast I would have liked to get a better look around the town and given the young man a littletime to settle in before the bad guys arrived Twenty mile is like a John Steinbeck novel meets a Stephen King novel It is entertaining but the overlapping of the two kinds of novels do not always work But it is a quick read


  6. Lee Lee says:

    While traveling west back in 62, Trevanian was going through Wyoming An hour or so outside Larimie, he remembered seeing an old map with a town named Destiny Not much of the town left, he found an old man running the general store With the stories he shared, and the notes he kept over the years he himself wanting to write a book about what happened up in Twenty Mile , Trevanian put this visit on the back burner, then got the urge to write his only western about what happened at the end of t While traveling west back in 62, Trevanian was going through Wyoming An hour or so outside Larimie, he remembered seeing an old map with a town named Destiny Not much of the town left, he found an old man running the general store With the stories he shared, and the notes he kept over the years he himself wanting to write a book about what happened up in Twenty Mile , Trevanian put this visit on the back burner, then got the urge to write his only western about what happened at the end of the 19th century, in that silver mining region of Wyoming Entertaining, well researched story with it s quirky characters, and the sadistic insane madman, that escaped the Territorial Prison in Laramie.and somehow wound up in Twenty Mile


  7. wally wally says:

    read in 2010, a kind of western that said, i ve read about 40 or so louis l amour westerns and this one isn t much like the man from the four corners.twenty mile is a town in decline trevanian has a hard on for america and what it has stood for, what it meant he doesn t get political in the story, although it seems like that opinion does peek around the corner a time or two.though there s some gun play, questionable good guys, bad guys and all that, this isn t your typical western whatever read in 2010, a kind of western that said, i ve read about 40 or so louis l amour westerns and this one isn t much like the man from the four corners.twenty mile is a town in decline trevanian has a hard on for america and what it has stood for, what it meant he doesn t get political in the story, although it seems like that opinion does peek around the corner a time or two.though there s some gun play, questionable good guys, bad guys and all that, this isn t your typical western whatever that means an entertaining read some interesting characterization, good storyline, nice writing


  8. Bill Bill says:

    A wonderful book would make a great movie Based on a true event The survivors became best friends Only time in the old west that a Chinese man was treated decently


  9. Richard Richard says:

    Shibumi was clearly his best but this was one of his later books by the author who wrote under the pseudonym Trevanian His real name reportedly is Rodney W Whitaker who was actually a film scholar but enjoyed some notoriety with his mystery writings as Trevanian This one, a western however, didn t do it for me A single threaded story with a predictable plot only at the conclusion does it becomes apparent that the story is being recounted from the POV of a journalist writing 60 70 years af Shibumi was clearly his best but this was one of his later books by the author who wrote under the pseudonym Trevanian His real name reportedly is Rodney W Whitaker who was actually a film scholar but enjoyed some notoriety with his mystery writings as Trevanian This one, a western however, didn t do it for me A single threaded story with a predictable plot only at the conclusion does it becomes apparent that the story is being recounted from the POV of a journalist writing 60 70 years after the incidents that comprise the story occurred A clever conceit typical of Trevanian s writing By comparison, the best contemporary western I ve read is Deadwood by Pete Dexter which is the basis of HBO s series of the same name Sadly Dexter author of the award winning Paris Trout is understandably bitter about this as he was cutout of the script writing and presumably royalties from the series


  10. Tasha Tasha says:

    It s been a long time since I accidentally stayed awake all night reading a book until it was finished Incident at Twenty Mile has everything I love the Old West, serial killers, blood and gore, a main character who is hard to sympathise with I m so impressed with how easily I was drawn into the ghost town of Twenty Mile and felt like I could walk it s street in my head The characters were all twists on the usual Old West tropes and the Main Event was insane I really, seriously enjoyed thi It s been a long time since I accidentally stayed awake all night reading a book until it was finished Incident at Twenty Mile has everything I love the Old West, serial killers, blood and gore, a main character who is hard to sympathise with I m so impressed with how easily I was drawn into the ghost town of Twenty Mile and felt like I could walk it s street in my head The characters were all twists on the usual Old West tropes and the Main Event was insane I really, seriously enjoyed this bookthan anything I ve read in a long time Awesome


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Incident at Twenty-Mile ➪ Incident at Twenty-Mile Read ➲ Author Trevanian – Thomashillier.co.uk A godforsaken town A young, eager to please stranger carrying a homemade shotgun and a staggering secret And a madman escaped from the Territorial Prison at Laramie, cutting a swath of sadistic violen A godforsaken town A young, eager to please stranger carrying a homemade shotgun and a staggering secret And a madman escaped from the Territorial Prison at Laramie, cutting a swath of sadistic violence with two killers at his side Now, Incident at PDF \ for the people of Twenty Mile the God fearing and the godless, heroes, whores, lovers and a boy teetering on the edge of madness a siege is about to begin amidst a harrowing mountain storm And when the killing, the thunder, and the terror are over, some will live, some will be buried, and the myth of the American frontier will never be the same.

  • Paperback
  • 343 pages
  • Incident at Twenty-Mile
  • Trevanian
  • English
  • 03 May 2017
  • 0312970234

About the Author: Trevanian

Trevanian was the pen name of American author Dr Rodney William Whitaker June Dec He wrote in a wide variety of genres, achieved best seller status, and published under several names, of which the best known Incident at PDF \ was Trevanian From to , five of his novels soldthan a million copies each He was described as the only writer of airport paperbacks to be compared to Zola, Ian Fleming, Poe and Chaucer Whitaker also published works as Nicholas Seare and Be at Le Cagot He published the non fiction work The Language of Film under his own nameBorn in Granville, New York, June , Rodney William Whitaker became enthralled with stories as a boy His family struggled with poverty and he lived for several years in Albany, New York as a youth a time portrayed in his last published workWhitaker earned bachelor s and master s degrees at the University of Washington While there he wrote and directed his own three act play Eve of the Bursting Whitaker went on to earn a doctorate in communications and film at Northwestern UniversityHe taught at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, where he was chairman of the communications division He served in the US Navy during the Korean War, and later was awarded a Fullbright scholarship for study in England When he wrote his first two novels, he was chairman of the Department of Radio, TV and Film at the University of Texas, Austin, where he continued to teach for many years Whitaker married the former Diane Brandon, and they had four children sons Lance and Christian, and daughters Alexandra and Tomasin They lived for years in the Basque country of FranceWhitaker died December , in the English West Country He was survived by his wife and four grown children.