After burying their parents, the three young Isom brothers faced starvation. Desperate and penniless, they set out in search of work. Their long, difficult journey forces them to discover themselves, and the harsh reality of life in the late 1800s. With hard work, determination, and a dream, they emerge as one of the greatest success stories of the old west.
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I am an avid eclectic reader.
It has been sometime since I read a western so thought it might make a nice change of pace. The story starts off in the late 1800 with a familiar western theme; three young brothers, Frank, Bob, and Jesse have just buried their parents. They face starvation and are desperate, so off they go to find work so they can eat.
Rhodes tells the story of each of the brothers in his usual interesting style. The story tells of how they learned skills and developed into hard working honest men. Rhodes is a great story teller and he can keep my attention throughout the book.
I think the narrator Gene Engene has the perfect voice for narrating a western.
Interesting, fast-paced, western
the Longhorns, because it's about overcoming odds and the building of a western empire
Love it like it is.
Enjoyed this one, keep looking for book 2 .
anything written by Dusty Rhodes & read by Gene Engene is worthy listening.
This story is a very good read. The story line is very interesting with a lot of action. This book follows " The Longhorn" series & keeps your interest the same. They both holds your attention to the very in. After reading "The Isoms" books 1 & 2, I would recommend reading "The Longhorn" series.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Love the Dusty Rhodes western novels. Enjoy men overcoming adversity. Working hard, fighting hard, living by a sense of right and wrong which is not governed by human laws but by a inner sense of moral right and wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
Good narration, except I couldn't easily understand some of the deliberately garbled or querulous voices. This is book 1 of 2 in a Western historical fiction series. Rhodes employs a standard writing style, told in 3rd person in linear chronology. No pesky scene hopping!
A feel-good story. Plot is not very credible — a romanticized portrayal of three superheroes taming the lawless West (Texas and Kansas mainly). They find romance and riches while stomping out corruption. There is a wolf-dog in some scenes. I liked those best, and wanted more.
The three Isom brothers (Frank is 23, Bob 21, Jesse 17) grew up in a peaceful enough small farming community in Missouri, with no knowledge of the ruthless world. However, when their beloved mama dies they head West together, and miraculously hey-presto handle every murdering scum the world sends their way, easily and quickly.
Bob is the charismatic handsome spokesman for the brothers, and this is mainly his story, but the three make key decisions by democratic vote. With assured aplomb they confront murderous gunslingers and cattle rustlers, taking on absurd odds.
The author tries to portray them as honorable, hat-tipping, hard-working, self-disciplined men who protect the weak, while they blow killers away with a hidden shotgun. Or hang em from the highest tree. Not that they didn't all deserve it. And the brothers wore a badge. Sometimes. But still...
I liked this book at first but it got too predictable. When I realized these boys were golden, untouchable, suspense went out the window.
Ends abruptly, when Bob's cattle drive arrives in Abiline, Kansas, where Bob hopes to marry the beautiful Rachel. Didn't read the sequel, part two. Skimmed the last chapters.
Really enjoyed this book!! Brought all my cowboy dreams back to life and hope to try a cattle drive once, (if there is still such a thing!)
Well read and excellent story! Can't wait to start the second book in the series!
The storyline was fabulous you took you from desolate beginning with no hope to a fabulous experience in the Texas lives of several great families the narrator is one of the best I've ever listened to the way he makes the characters come alive in your imagination his ability to differ characters style of speech is fabulous I couldn't stop listening to this book because of the fabulous writing does the author and marvelous voice does the narrator I just love his voice
The good guys win or overcome in all circumstances.
The tight relationship of the brothers and their commitment to hard work and justice.
He is always great and seems to get the right voice for the type of person each character is............it is his gift, I think
The Isom Brothers
I really like that you never have to worry that a sudden sex scene that is too explicit is going to crop up, or foul language. Just good romance and and tough language that is not twenty-first century rank
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