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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
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ISBN : 9780451214522
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 704 Pages
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The Lawless Reviews

  • Alexw
    2019-06-02 13:04

    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.

  • Thom Swennes
    2019-06-16 13:23

    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. One stays and continues as the family had begun and fulfilling the family motto. The three sons of Jephtha Kent have chosen their ways and don’t look back. The Lawless is volume VII of the Kent Family Chronicles and continues this epic tale of America. The rich and powerful, poor and destitute all make their mark in a country destined for greatness. This is a great book in even greater series depicting a country’s struggle from independence, through expansion and finally greatness. I am both impressed and pleased how John Jakes manages to place small tidbits and trivia of seemingly unrelated subjects and events into his manuscripts. It makes the reading of his works both a learning and enjoyable experience. I recommend this book to everyone as it also has all the elements of greatness.

  • Marilyn
    2019-05-22 12:07

    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 to do the reporting on strikes and current matters. On one of these trips to Chicago he tangles with the W&B Railroad President/founder. The man is simply evil...disguised in the wolves clothing of religion (disgusting beyond all comprehension). Because of the tangle, Courtleigh has vowed to destroy Gideon, his family, and his mistress. Because of pressing railroad business, strikes, and just life in general Courtleigh's efforts come and go...allowing Gideon time to ease off...and then not be watchful...which is never a good thing.A good book. I enjoyed it. It had some horrors, but nothing like book #3.

  • Denise
    2019-05-27 13:03

    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 his family. He has left the love of his life (Julia). And he's wracked by self-doubt. A gritty and all-too-human tale...

  • Tara Hall
    2019-05-19 07:04

    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 would not recommend this series, save book #4

  • Angie
    2019-05-31 07:07

    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 really get into these books...I don't know.

  • Holly Weiss
    2019-06-11 07:23

    Own paperback 7 of 8.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-11 13:00

    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 involved in the women’s movement and is touring giving lectures about suffrage. Meanwhile, Michael Boyle is building the first coast-to-coast railroad and finding his way. Each member of the family offers insight into a historic part of American history, including all the difficulties and beautiful successes. The 7th book in this series, this novel covers a wide variety of historic topics from unionism, railroads, big bosses, and the Impressionist movement. It is probably one of my favorite books within this series – it covers such an interesting time period with such a varied grouping of characters. Well-written and developed it is a pleasure to read and the pages go by very quickly! I can’t wait to pick up the next in the series and find out what happens!

  • Bonnie Staughton
    2019-06-01 09:56

    "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 law. The Kent family believes that Jeremiah was killed in the War. Matt goes to Paris to continue his artist profession. He swears he will never return to America. There is something to be learned in reading the stories of these 3 brothers. John Jakes does immense research while writing these books and you learn about the history of America through the lives of the Kent family. Great books.

  • Mikel Rhodes
    2019-05-29 06:04

    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!

  • Scott
    2019-06-11 13:19

    My favorite one so far!Now, on to volume 8!

  • Frank
    2019-05-28 10:07

    Another in the Kent series read in the 70s.

  • Samyann
    2019-06-13 13:16

    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 taste, bumped it to 1.25.The entire series is a broad spectrum history of the United States from just pre-Revolutionary War through the 1890s and a chronicle of the Kent family through this time. Beginning with Phillip through the generations to the children of Gideon, a great-great-grandson. Members of the clan fight in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, are at the Alamo, the California Gold Rush, the Great Chicago Fire, the Johnstown Flood, and much more. The author skillfully intersperses vignettes of imagined and factual history. For example, two of the fictional characters of the series are sheltered for a few days at the home of the Lincolns in rural Kentucky - a baby is part of the family, young Abraham. One of the fictional characters is counseled by Benjamin Franklin. Fiction, Phillip’s childhood friend is Marquis deLafayette, non-fiction: deLafayette’s role in United States and French military. The series is rife with this type of paradigm, but it is not difficult to determine what is true and what is fiction. All the instances that involve the Kents and John Jake’s other fictional characters are products of his imagination. Much of the rest is a fun methodology of conveying historical events.The stories are very listenable. I found no need to re-wind or fast-forward; no segment boring or irrelevant. Theses books are not ‘love stories’ in the typical sense, albeit familial relationships, the crux of The Kent Family Chronicles, must include love stories, n'est-ce pas? In those areas where a sexual encounter is defined it is relevant to the plot and tastefully written. This does not occur often, but the clan does proliferate :-). A word to the prudish: there are a couple of rapes vividly described.Very typical of the time written, the 1970s, writing is a bit verbose. Several of these books were adapted for television mini-series, popular at the time.John Jakes is a terrific historical fiction author, recommended. Enjoy!

  • Tiffany
    2019-06-10 07:10

    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 Gideon Kent, 5 generations from where we started so long ago, back in France with Phillipe Charboneau, a.k.a. Philip Kent. Gideon fights for the rights of laborers, which brings ire from big business. Gideon's brother Matt is off in Europe, living his dream of being an artist, while their other brother, Jeremiah, is thought to be dead as a result of the Civil War. Gideon now has two children, Eleanor and Will, and an unhappy marriage. Can he save the family and laborers, too, or does one cause have to suffer for the other to succeed?

  • Bonnie
    2019-06-17 09:10

    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 to America, and Gideon's marriage is falling apart. Eventually, the paths of the brothers cross again and Gideon's life connects with a former branch of the Kent family in his dead cousin Louis' ex-wife, Julia, against the historical backdrop of the rise of labor unions, the great Chicago fire, and the exploration of the West.

  • Brent Soderstrum
    2019-06-11 09:17

    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 his homelife.Gideon also had to deal with Tom Courtleigh who has vowed revenge on Gideon and his family following a confrontation. This conflict plays out throughout thte book reaching a climax at the end.Looking foward to reading the final volume The Americans soon.

  • Mark Day
    2019-06-17 10:15

    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 lively and interesting.

  • Sheryl
    2019-05-29 12:19

    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!

  • Glen Stott
    2019-05-27 07:09

    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.

  • April Martinez
    2019-06-15 05:01

    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!

  • Philip
    2019-05-22 08:12

    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.

  • Paula Hebert
    2019-06-01 05:15

    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.

  • Marina Shinderuk
    2019-06-14 09:59

    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.

  • Ruth Ann Maynard
    2019-06-14 11:08

    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.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-07 07:59

    #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.

  • Triston South
    2019-05-17 09:07

    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.

  • Ice Bear
    2019-06-03 05:10

    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.

  • Allyson
    2019-06-11 09:18

    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.

  • Teresa
    2019-06-07 11:23

    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.

  • Cynthia Barnes
    2019-06-09 06:24

    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