Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.
Round 'em up: listen to another novel in the Longhorn Series.
©2007 Dusty Rhodes (P)2007 Books In Motion
The entire story was slow moving. Many of the comments the main character made were just cheesy. I found myself rolling my eyes over and over.
No, I have read/listened to others of this genre and really enjoyed them. I love westerns, but this one just did not do it for me.
The narrator was ok, not great, not bad.
Most of the book seemed to be lacking a punch. I kept waiting for something big to happen, it didn't. I listened to the entire book and was not impressed.
It's not a bad story, it just needed something more. The author's descriptions were good I could picture what he was describing, but the story just fell flat and predictable. I felt like the publisher must have "pushed" the author to complete by a date instead of giving the author the time needed to make it great. Disappointing.
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
The way the two partners got their capitol to start a ranch.
No thank you!
Yes, but with a warning. I knew he was a gunslinger, 'cause he wore his rig low, and he had nervous, squinty eyes. You could load that Sharps in the morning and shoot all day. She was the storekeeper's daughter. Get the Point?
For a book that's over the top, you need a performance that's over the top, Right, stranger?
They must have already made 50 of these, and I went to see all of them. Don't make 'em like this any more though, do they, Pard?
The story in the complete series would make a great movie. IT was very well written and narrated in such a way that it puts you there with the characters in the books.
Many thanks to Dusty Rhodes for his great work.
The many twist and turns of the stories about life in the south plains of Texas
Nope, but he did a fine job here
Hate to admit it but, yes
Hope that he has other books like this series
Pros: The story moved along at a good pace. The threads were fairly easy to follow.
1. The narrator had a fairly narrow range of voices... as long as the characters were male. His female voices were not well done. His 5 male voices were able to be rendered in both a southern and a Spanish accent, so that helped.
2. There was no "plot" to speak of. Clearly this is going to be a "saga." And that's fine; I like sagas, but not this one because...
3. The story begins with $20,000 falling into the lap of Buck and Chet, which not only gives them an excellent opportunity to successfully kill a lot of people to protect the money (that doesn't belong to them) but also to spend lavishly to start their cattle ranch.
4. They are so insanely successful, that it almost becomes laughable. There are cattle ranchers in Mexico that will sell cattle to him for $3 a head, delivered, knowing he's going to sell them in Missouri for $20. But instead he gets $40 because the demand is so high! Then they plan to begin flooding the market with cattle and instead of any worries about driving down the price, it keeps rising.
5. There is absolutely no problem with finding top-notch, loyal, skilled and willing workers as the ranch operations explode in size from 2 to hundreds in a year.
6. The ranch does get a few challenges thrown their way, but mostly the loyal partners and their loyal cowboys and loyal girlfriends just keep getting money thrown at them.
7. Buck and Chet, in this first book, are putting all this money into LEASED ranch land with only a 5-year lease. Can anyone predict where that is going?
8. When something bad happens, which usually forces them to kill a bunch of people, the boys think about it for a little while and then move on.
In other words, this is a predictable, unchallenging, simplistic, unbelievable story that borders on juvenile.
These hard-bitten survivors of the Confederate army, Texas cowboys don't even say "Damn!"
I'm not buying book two. I'm somewhat sorry I bought book one.
America the beautiful
Gene Engene performance's in this story was excellent. So many characters but easy to keep up. The story was good too, and I am normally not a western reader. You will enjoy the series.
I found this series by accident. I love the narrator so I searched other books he has narrated in the past. Since I also love westerns I snatched up the whole series of 4 on the same day. These are a must to read in order. This one is the first, then The Hondo Kid, The Prodigal Brother, and The Family. Haven't read a western this good since Lonesome Dove. I totally hated to see the series end and am still hoping there might be another addition to it in the future. It's hard for me to fathom that these were written by a semi-retired professional wrestler. They are extremely well done and I will definitely read this series again and again in the future. The characters are wonderfully developed and you will feel as though you know each of them personally. Buy all 4 and you will not want to put down your iPod.
I read so I can write
This was a fun book though I felt the narrator was a little over the top at times. I did lose count of how many bodies piled up. There were quite a few.
For a western, it was just about right. There was very little sex which is fine, but I would suggest Mr. Rhodes avoids anything even close to sex because his approach is a little hokey.
I really hadn't noticed I had gotten a western, but so happy I did. As a kid I watched every western they had back in the early TV days with my dad. It wasn't that long ago I was wondering what ever happened to a good western? I am almost finished with this one and have put the rest of this series in my wish list. Happy Trails :)
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