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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Jan 15, 1986 - Fiction
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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. Includes a new Introduction by Jakes. Reissue.

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Review: The Lawless (Kent Family Chronicles #7)

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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. Read full review

Review: The Lawless (Kent Family Chronicles #7)

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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 ... Read full review


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John Jakes was born in Chicago in 1932. He studied acting at Northwestern University, where he began writing professionally during his freshman year. Later he enrolled in a creative writing program at DePauw University and received a master's degree in American literature from Ohio State University. Early in his career Jakes wrote copy for a pharmaceutical company and various ad agencies, and authored dozens of short stories encompassing western, mystery and science fiction themes. In March 1973, Jakes commenced work on The Kent Family Chronicles, a multi-volume set portraying American history through the lives of a fictional family. Later works include North and South (1982), California Gold (1989), Homeland (1993), and American Dreams. Six of his major novels have been filmed as television miniseries, and North and South remains one of the highest rated miniseries in the history of television. Jakes is actively involved in the adaptation of North and South for the Broadway stage. John Jakes has been hailed as the godfather of the historical novel, and America's history teacher.

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