The Lawless

The Lawless

The Lawless The Kent Family Chronicles continue as Jeremiah Kent becomes an infamous shootist in the Wild West bringing him closer to a destiny that will end in bloodshed

  • Title: The Lawless
  • Author: John Jakes
  • ISBN: 9780451214522
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Kent Family Chronicles continue as Jeremiah Kent becomes an infamous shootist in the Wild West bringing him closer to a destiny that will end in bloodshed.

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    John Jakes never disappoints but of all his books that I have read, North and South, The Bastard, The Rebel and California Gold and Love and War- this was my least favorite but still deserves 4 stars. I might have expected too much as I assumed it would be about the Wild West when the book was not about that at all. I also expected more about Custer getting massacred and the Centennial of the US but that was just messed in passing.

    The Civil War is over and a country once again united tries to heal the wounds of war and recover. Westward migration and expansion is helped by the improved means of transportation through both roads and railways. The industrial revolution is gathering steam and the changing economical and social situation brings new problems hitherto unknown. The Kent family splits, one heading west to new and yet untame territories. Another Kent returns to where it all began bringing the epoch full circle. On [...]

    Book 7 of 8 of the Kent Family Chronicles brings us full force into the labor union issues of the 1870's. Lots of horrors of those days we can't even begin to imagine. Gideon Kent, oldest son of Jephtha, great grandson of the original Philip Kent, has moved from a one sheet union rag to reporter/publisher of the family New York Union newspaper, in the hopes that he can make his mark in helping American labormen with wage/compensation issues. In reporting on union issues he always sends himself t [...]

    I believe this book (#7 in the series) is the best one yet. It exposes the reader to the strain of Gideon's family life, his unrequited love for Julia, and his struggle to become a "self-made" man. Gideon wasn't much of a student in his childhood and he finds he must work harder in his adult life to obtain the skills necessary to join the family publishing company. A reader can feel the pain of his wife's alcohol addiction along with the emotional withdrawal of his children. A hateful foe stalks [...]

    I read books 2-7 of this series in the last weeks of Feb 2013. While I liked the continuation of the family name through each generation, I could have done without every single important female of the Kent family being raped, sometimes repeatedly. They no sooner got power and money than they lost it, and family members ran the gamut from good to brilliant to corrupt to sleazy to fierce to insane to bloodthirsty. Lots of historical info, also, which made the story more real and interesting. But I [...]

    I read this series the summer before my 8th grade year. And I remember I really liked them. On the pre-test for American History I aced it, got the highest in the whole school, and I credit it all to these books. They are a great way to learn American History. I found the whole series at a yard sale this summer, and bought them, excited to read them again. But they weren't as good the second time. In fact, I didn't even finish the series. Maybe you have to know nothing about American History to [...]

    Post-Civil War the Kent family is finding their way. Gideon and Matt have taken very different paths of a railroad man and a painter. Jeremiah has “disappeared” and is feared to have been a casualty during the war by his family; in reality he has survived, taken a different name and is wandering the West making a living by hunting and gambling. On the other side of the Kent family, Louis has died leaving only Carter and his ex-wife, Julia. Julia is a strong independent woman who has gotten i [...]

    "The Lawless" (Kent Family Chronicles, #7) follows the lives of the 3 Kent brothers, Gideon, Matt and Jeremiah. Gideon becomes a labor activist, seeking the organization of unions and a better life for the employees. But this is also the time of the "Bosses" in Chicago and they will do everything in their power to strike down any union activity. Jeremiah goes out West and makes a name for himself as a gunslinger. Actually he has to change his name several times to keep from getting caught by the [...]

    One of our great writers!The author brings history alive with his characters and there lives and interactions. I highly recommend all of his books!

    These comments address The Kent Family Chronicles, the entire series of eight books, in audiobook format. All books are narrated by Marc Vietor. The entire series is approximately 125 hours of listening. Shortest book is 15.5 hours, longest over 26 hours. Vietor does a good job with narration, although the uniqueness of male voices is problematic. Most significant, you’ll have little difficulty determining who-says-what-to-who. Tempo and pacing fine, albeit the narration is a bit slow for my t [...]

    Book VII of The Kent Family Chronicles. Post-Civil War.Oh, the Kent family. They're like the Forest Gump of literature: anything big that happened in history, they were there; anyone famous in history, they knew. But I do love them.Book 7, like all the other books in the series, is a book of trials and tribulations, the little guy fighting for what he believes in, striving to make oneself better, and heartbreak -- both romantic, personal, and professional. The patriarch of the family is now Gide [...]

    One more book to go in John Jakes' Bicentennial Series! The Lawless is well titled as this installment of the Kent Family Chronicles seems to have more violence, certainly more brutal, lawless violence. It tracks the stories of Jephtha Kent's three sons: Gideon, the newspaper publisher fighting for union rights; Matt, the tortured artist living in France; and Jeremiah, roaming the wild west under various assumed names. Jeremiah is thought dead by his family, disenchanted Matt refuses to return t [...]

    This is volume 7 of the Kent Family Chronicles. The story takes place in the 15 years following the Civil War. It starts out with Matthew in Paris. He is the artist who won't change his views to be with his girlfriend and son. Most of the book deals with Gideon and his horrible marriage with Margaret. I felt sorry for Gideon with all he had to deal with due to Margaret's insanity. Don't get me wrong, Gideon didn't handle things the way he should have but I couldn't attack him too much based on h [...]

    The melodramatic saga of the Kent family continues with a novel that covers a span of American history not often chronicled in historical fiction. This novel's focus on income inequality, robber barons and the emergence of the labor movement is perhaps the most interesting segment of the series considering recent trends in American politics, income distribution and political influence. As usual, John Jakes introduces flawed and enigmatic protagonists along with arch villains to keep the story li [...]

    If you want to know your history read this series. This one is post civil war and you learn a lot about the unions trying to make their way into the work scene. Interesting look at how society viewed artists and people who chose to become actors and actresses for the play troupes. I would have given it five stars but I wish John Jakes would give the Kent family a break. All families have their troubles but whoa!

    This is mostly the story of Gideon Kent and Julia. It deals with women’s suffrage, the robber barons, and the labor movement in the second half of the nineteenth century. Through the eyes of Mathew Kent, it also looks at the beginning of the Impressionist movement in Paris. Through Jeremiah Kent, it takes a brief look at life in the cattle towns such as Abilene. For me, this book was the best of the Kent Family Chronicles so far, though Amanda Kent is still my favorite character.

    The Lawless by John JakesThis book just continues the story of the Kent Family. I love the history of the politics of this time, not so different then today's struggles against Corporations and bad politicians. The author seems to write with a thesaurus in one hand and great imagination in the other! It's nice to be challenged by new words which stimulate the brain! These are easy books to read and sprinkled with bits of history!

    I can't really say that the Kents change very much from generation to generation/book to book, but they remain an engaging lot.2/19: This was as engaging a tale as its predecessors, and as I'm sure I've already said, Jakes is an old-fashioned storyteller who isn't above ending a chapter - or a book - with a cliffhanger.

    more of the kent family chronicles, this book covers the end of the civil war, the greed and corruption after it, the building of the trans continental railroad, and the settling of the west. as always the historical timeline and data are impeccable, set in a family story that makes america more real, at least for me.

    I can't get enough of John Jakes. It got to the point where I just bought all his books and am reading them one after another.The Kent Family series is well-written and historically accurate. I think I'll make my kids read these when they're in high school.

    Gideon!I think the main character in this book, Gideon Kent, is my favorite character in all of these books. He's handsome, he's smart, he cares about his family--the current and the past. Now time to tackle the final book in this series.

    #7 in the Kent Family Chronicles. I am getting close to the end. It is fascinating reading about one family and seeing how certain genes are passed along through the generations. It is Historical fiction and I enjoy how I can relate to so many of the stories.

    I think it was not a very good book the story was confusing switching to past to present. The main characters does not do any thing to help the the village but just wait until another hero arrives. I do not recommend this book to anyone that like western/ action books.

    The Kent family chronicle storyline seemingly running out of original plots as the author tries to run us through US history and people. As I have said on earlier books of this series, lacks the depths of North & South.

    John Jakes' reputation for historical accuracy, his writing style, and the story he tells of the fictional Kent family combine to makes the entire 8-volume family saga absolutely wonderful. Reading this series was key in getting me "hooked" on the historical-fiction genre.

    Another well written book by Jakes. I've loved his style since I was in junior high over 25 years ago. He's still a very detailed author that is able to make you feel as if you are part of the family.

    Worst book of the series. They just really go down hill fast after book 5 Do not waste your money. On the last books. Terrible confusing plots. Mixed thought train by author confuses story line

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