When old money and older entitlement invade Missouri, Ruben Beeler is dispatched by the Federal Marshals Service to investigate complaints from small farmers and ranchers that a wealthy Englishman is taking over an entire county. Rube leaves his wife and their baby at home, and enters into a conflict where might is right, and Sir Merrit Treadstone is prepared to do whatever is necessary to establish the Calico Cattle Company and his new American kingdom. With Marion Daniels and Homer Poteet, Ruben faces poison, arson, and murder as he struggles to put down a British invasion and stay alive, on The Calico Trail.
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Refreshing and honest
Rube is probably my favourite - he goes from an awkward "aw shucks" to a hard no-nonsense man in control of any situation. He has a gentleness that is very endearing, and a strength that is very reassuring.
Loved Lewis' deep gravelly voice and his seemingly genuine way of telling his story.
Lawmen who get the difficult jobs done efficiently but with side-splitting humour.
This author needs to produce more books.
Just an old retired guy, eyesight not as good as it was, so really enjoy listening to these books. Been listening for about 6 years.
A good story line, but enhanced by characters the keep you laughing to the end. I really enjoyed this book. Try it, you'll like it.
I liked the story, I didn't like the accent of the guys but as the book went on I liked them very much and it was well done.
Good story and I could see it really happening.
Thank you, I was entertained and could not stop listening until it was done.
Highly recommend if you like great cowboy stories. Lewis writes with excellent detail and delivers his works himself as a seasoned actor. When a good writer has the talent to deliver his works in a performance, that usually works out really well as he knows all the details of the characters and delivers an excellent performance. Not many authors are good readers but Lewis actually is outstanding at both.
The story gives the listener a picture of the westward life and the lexicon used is authentic with great attention to details that paint a really great picture throught the the book.
Calico Trail is a great western novel in a great western series written and performed by David Lewis. Look at the ratings given by readers to David Lewis and his Trail Series of books. These books will become classics of western literature. I have read a lot of western books and have found none that are close to Lewis' books for plot, character development, humor and action. You only have to listen to one and you will be ready for more. Lewis is as gifted a reader as he is a writer and that is saying something. These are classic westerns in the old tradition. Marshall Marion Daniels, Homer Poteet and main character Ruben Beeler take on the challenges of dealing with hardened desperadoes, crooked lawmen and wealthy land barons in the Calico Trail. Young Ruben takes what he learns from Marshall Daniels and puts on his own twists as he deals with challenging interactions with men who don't play by the rules. He uses his 12" 12 gauge shotgun as often as a club as he does as a firearm.Look at the way high percentage of folks who give these tales a 5 star rating. Listen to one and you will be doing the same.
It ties for #1 right up there with the Deer Run, Nodaway, and Payback Trails!
Absolutely everything! He makes this book come alive!
I hope David Lewis continues with this series of trails until "Little Bill" is all growed up! As soon as I finish the Payback Trail I will listen to whole series again. Hopefully, his next "Trail Ride" will be ready soon!
I really enjoyed the story as well as the way it felt so fresh. The style of writing is a breath of fresh air!~
Everthing about the story is wonderful.
All of the David R. Lewis's westerns that I read are truely enjoyable!
I have, over the years listened to a couple of hundred books of different category, quality, gender and such. As much as I love to read, I am fairly dyslexic and can't get the enjoyment out of a written book that I can from audio. Last week, I was looking for a break from detective stories, Sci-Fi, Fiction, classic, and etcetera ... I decided that I would go for a western, if for no other reason than I never had before. After an hour of reviewing, I came across Calico Trail ... read the review and the bottom line said that the book was outright hilarious. I only wish that I have saved this book for last so I could see the development of the characters from the beginning.
I have, as a general rule found books read by their creators to be chancy at best ... Stephan King is a prime example ... Good writer, lousy reader. Not only did I find David R Lewis to be a creative writer, but an outstanding reader as well. His story plot was solid western, witty to the point that I laughed out loud on a couple of occasions and his characters were a good mix. The primary character and star of the series is my favorite, although I found them all to be quite well described (without overbearing, boring detail that numbs a brain) and all of them to have great Character
This book and the attached series just sucks you into the fun, plot, language and overall temperament of the action ... I enjoyed that the primary characters were real people, with real emotions as opposed to the stone cold, psychopathic killers that I was expecting.
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