Synopses & Reviews
Three years in the making, Son of a Wanted Man
is an exciting dramatization that includes a cast of 25 veteran Hollywood actors, features carefully crafted digital sound effects, and an original musical score by award winning composer John Phillip Shenale. Also included is a bonus CD featuring 'The Making Of'- a behind the scenes look at the writing, recording and editing of Son of a Wanted Man
and an archival recording by Louis LAmour. Just like an old-time radio drama, Random House Audios brand-new production of Louis LAmours classic Son of a Wanted Man
truly brings this adventure to life.
Son of A Wanted Man tells the story of Ben Curry and his adopted son Mike Santos. In a remote corner of Californias High Sierra mountains lies the secret outlaw kingdom of Ben Curry. For fifteen years Curry has ruled supreme. But the king is getting old, and he wants to turn his legacy over to someone and get out —someone like Mike. Mike is a young man who can handle a knife, a gun, his fists, and whos been trained in every criminal skill. But so far hes never broken the law. Now, as treachery explodes among Bens riders, Mike must choose…between his loyalty to Ben or his yearning for a different life.
"In the thrilling radio serials of yesteryear, the momentum of the tale kept listeners from imagining actors in a studio reading scripts. Not so with this selection. The acting is noticeably awkward, possibly because, unlike 'live' radio, this classic western was recorded out of sequence for budgetary reasons. The sound effects, however, outshine the acting: they are so sharp that the listener may look up when hearing incoming footsteps or try to duck a rifle shot. But the music, composed and recorded for this presentation, is inappropriate. Imagine John Tesh on New-Age, echoing guitar. More fitting would have been old-style music from that era, or even the swelling organ from the serials of yore. The ring of authenticity that this production lacks arrives only after the story is over, when listeners are treated to an archival interview with L'Amour himself, who grew up skinning cattle and talking to folks who knew real gunslingers. This last disc also contains 'The Making of Son of a Wanted Man,' which is educational, fascinating and a bit sad when one considers how the best-laid plans run awry. Based on the Bantam paperback. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
An outlaw's legacy...
In a remote corner of Utah lies the secret outlaw kingdom of Ben Curry. For fifteen years Curry has ruled supreme, as his men have pulled jobs from Canada to Mexico. But the king is getting old... he wants to turn his legacy over to someone younger, tougher. Mike Bastian is Ben's adopted son, a young man who can handle a knife, a gun, his fists, but a man who's never broken the law.
Now, as treachery explodes among Ben's riders, and two honest lawmen--Tyrel Sackett and Borden Chantry--begin to zero in on the gang, Mike must choose...between his loyalty to Ben and his yearning for a different life. Yet when the guns start echoing off the Vermilion Cliffs, the time for choosing is over--and the time for battle has begun.
From the Paperback edition.
In a remote corner of Utah lies the secret outlaw kingdom of Ben Curry. For 15 years Curry has ruled supreme, as his men have pulled jobs from Canada to Mexico. But the king is getting old . . . he wants to turn his legacy over to someone younger and tougher. This classic Western adventure features a full cast, stirring music, and authentic sound effects, as well as bonus features. 2 CDs.
About the Author
L Louis LAmour is undoubtedly the bestselling frontier novelist of all time. He is the only American-born author in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of his life's work. He has published ninety novels; twenty-seven short-story collections; two works of nonfiction; a memoir, Education of a Wandering Man
; and a volume of poetry, Smoke from This Altar
. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide.
From the Paperback edition.