I am an avid eclectic reader.
I have read the series in order and book IV brings it all together nicely. The importance of family comes through loud and clear in this book. Lots of action, cattle drives, travel by horse back, buggy, stagecoach, ship, river boat and train give a wide view of the west. This book covers the cattle drives, people moving into the west and the building of the railroad. I hope that this in not the last book in the series. Gene Engene narrated the entire series. His voice goes well with the wild frontier.
Dusty Rhodes has written an interesting series about the Longhorn Ranch. Book two is mostly about the missing younger brother who goes by the name Hondo Kid. Rhodes does a great job of bringing to life the 1860s Texas and the large cattle drives to the rail head. Great to read a book that does not contain swear words, sex and violent without meaning. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Gene Engene does a great job reading Dusty Rhodes books. He has a great voice for a western. The book has a good story line and lots of action to keep one interested, no sex, foul words or unnecessary violence. Shawgo as a Texas Ranger chases bad men and Indians as well as corrupt politicians. The valley he lives in sounds beautiful, wish I could pack up and move there and watch the horses, cattle and goats graze. Hope there are more books about Shawgo. Westerns make a nice change of pace stories.
Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
This is an epic tale of the rise of a great Texas oil family, and so much more. I was spellbound throughout the entire reading.
It begins with a simple Texas frontier family be5ing all but destroyed by Camanchies. Young Eli McCullough is kidnapped at around 12 and must work his way into the Camamanche family. His story is as riveting, brutal and inspiring as any I have encountered.
If this story is as accurate in historical detail as I suspect, it exposes the way of Native Americans and Mexicans as every bit as ruthless and devastating as the US Government. If you are expecting a story of triumph you will be disappointed on every side. It is the story of only the strong surviving.
This book also exposed how little I really know about the history of Texas and Mexico and the taming of the West. It does so in the best way possible, whetting my appetite to learn more about what is perhaps the most exciting story in US history, including the civil war.
Eli's life as a warrior is harsh, heroic and surprisingly funny.
And then there is his son, his father's and the book's great disappointment. For me he is the perfect example of today's American conscience. He recognizes evil, yet refuses to stand up to it. He despises ill gotten gains, yet refuses to free himself from them. He wallows in self contempt.
And then there is a remarkable heroine, the grand daughter Jeanne. Like Eli, she finds herself abducted by a tribe of sorts, the only woman in a world run by men. And like her grandfather she fights her way through life.
Will Patton leads a strong crew of performers in a stellar performance.
Another easy 5 star experience.