Award-winning author Dusty Rhodes was born in Eastern Oklahoma - formerly the notorious Indian Territory. Dusty grew up on stories of the old west. After retirement, he began taking down those stories that had been gathering dust on the shelves of his mind and doing what he had dreamed of doing since childhood - writing historical westerns. His first book, Man Hunter, was named the best western e-book of 2002.
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I am an avid eclectic reader.
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.
Being a huge Louis L'Amour fan I wasn't sure this novel would be as good as it was. I was pleasantly surprised and feel it is as good as or better than any western I've read or listened to.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
This was not as enjoyable as "Manhunter" by the same author and narrator as "Shawgo". I gave it an overall 4 because I was still feeling warm and fuzzy over my listen of "Manhunter". The story was not as strong but the performance was excellent so I gave it a begrudging 4 overall. I plan to listen to more books by Dusty Rhodes, narrated by Gene Eugene, and hope I can find some which equal the pleasure I received listening to "Manhunter".
I really liked the book. I thought it had a good story line and good detail. You can't beat a good main character and a reader that sounds like you would like the person to be. This fits.
A smarter hero as in his other books, Longhorn for example was great and it had smart heros galore..
Since there is a book two and the promo has already ruined it, I can only say it will be a hard read if I choose to do so..
Captain of the Texas
Each time he foolishly left his Lady in jeopardy. When he gave up his gun, when he put the women in jeopardy again and again.
Dusty Rhodes is a good writer and the reader Gene Engene is excellent, but this time he made his hero so dumb, giving up his gun to the small town Sheriff, putting Hanna in danger, falling asleep on the job, trying to save a fellow prisoner and getting beaten himself. And from the promo of book two, "it don't get no better"..
I would and indeed HAVE recommended this audiobook to my wife who does not like westerns because the story is very well written and the performance is top notch. She loved it as well and is now hooked on Mr Rhodes western audiobooks
I liked how the author endears the characters to the reader with just the right amount of description. Many authors fall short with this while others go overboard and derail the story with too much character insight at the wrong time. I don't think Mr Rhodes is given enough credit for this.
Mr Engene brings life to the story. His range of vocalizations is not only exceptional, it is consistent. A character is that character everytime you hear him/her. He is an amazing performer and in my opinion, the best western audiobook narrator by a considerable margin
Leander McNelly, Captain of the Texas Rangers because he has that understated "coolness" that you just can't get enough of
"Shawgo" exceeded my expectations. I have listened to all of Mr Rhodes' westerns except the "Longhorn" series and until I listened to "Shawgo" (both book one and two), the author's "Manhunter" was my favorite. I put the Shawgo series at the same fantastic level. From the opening chapter through the way he closes a story to the way Mr Engene narrates, these stories are entertainment at it's finest. Notice I said "entertainment" - sure there are more thrilling, more cerebral, more technically precise stories out there, but for sheer entertainment value - fun, engaging....."entertaining", there is none better. Well done!!
Dusty Rhodes has a way of holding your attention to the end. He seems to know to what lengths he can go into his descriptions of things giving the reader a mental picture of the terrain, people, or situation without boring them.
Although fiction, Shawgo gives us an idea of the dangers of being a Texas Ranger and the wide scope of their duties...and why they were sorely needed to bring law and order into a lawless land.
Gene Engene was a good choice for narrator--he gave a great performance.
This book should not disappoint any fan of western genre.
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