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The Last Ranch Audiobook

The Last Ranch: A Novel of the New American West

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Publisher's Summary

The grand saga of an American ranching family continues in The Last Ranch, the final, mesmerizing book of New York Times best seller Michael McGarrity's gripping and richly authentic American West trilogy.

When Matthew Kerney returns to his ranch in the beautiful San Andres Mountains after serving in Sicily during World War II, he must not only fight to recover physically and emotionally from a devastating war injury, but he must also battle attempts by the US Army to seize control of his land for expanded weapons testing.

Forced off public grazing lands, banned from gathering his cattle on high mountain pastures, and confronted by military police guarding a high security army post on the northern reaches of the range, Matt finds himself at the center of a heavy-handed government land-grab. The reasons behind this surge of secrecy and control become clear when Matt witnesses the boiling, blinding explosion of the first atom bomb at Trinity Site.

As he struggles with an aging, stove-up father no longer able to carry a heavy load at the ranch, an ex-convict intent on killing him, and a failing relationship with a woman he dearly loves, Matt must draw upon all his mental and physical resources to keep his world-and the people in it - from collapsing.

Following the New York Times best-selling Hard Country and its sequel Backlands, The Last Ranch enthralls with the deeply rich, sometimes heartbreaking Kerney family saga as it steps brilliantly into the mid-20th-century world of the new American West.

©2016 Michael McGarrity (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    Allen Anthony 06-24-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Back to the future"

    Kevin is on the route through college, more love interests,the Vietnam Naum era, politics, Matt separates from the university,and starts his pony business,...Kevin has a pregnant girlfriend that he knows nothing about, and he is now fighting a war 1/2 the world away....stay tuned for the next book

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    Sally Filler 06-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A Great Series"

    If you like the Southwest, or cowboy stories, or family history, or Gerge Guidall, or just great writing and performance this series is a must! Beautifully developed, believable progression of characters, makes you see AND feel the beauty of southern New Mexico. As always Mr. Guidall does a masterful narration. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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    mark NEWPORT, NC, United States 05-27-16
    mark NEWPORT, NC, United States 05-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "What a series!"

    This entire series is excellent. McGarrity is one hell of a writer. The detail of the locations and the surroundings is riveting. This series actually caused me to take several trips to N.M. and see many of the areas that the stories take place in.
    George Guidall does his usual excellent job. He makes the stories come alive.
    I would highly recommend this series. Start with Hard Country, Backlands, The Last Ranch and then do the Kevin K. police books. I did it a little different but I think the above order would be the best.

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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 05-23-16
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 05-23-16 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "So Good! Read to Start the Kevin Kearney Series!"

    Wouldn't you know -- I read this McGarrity book about the Kearneys last . . . and in truth it should be read before starting any of the modern-day westerns featuring Kevin Kearney. However, it worked for me as the "after" read so you really can't go wrong. This book provides a concise, engaging tale of the Kearney family, their ranching forefathers and the plethora of man-made and natural events that affected their ability to ranch, find happiness and success. It is a great story made even better by George Guidall's narration. McGarrity's characters are people you'd like to meet and although everyone doesn't find true happiness all the time, it is a realistic, believable story of how ranchers in our western states fare with the interventions of government and Mother Nature. A very enjoyable listen!

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    L. B. 09-16-16
    L. B. 09-16-16

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    As usual guidall pulls you into the story like an old friend - didn't want it to end

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    F. Hawkins 08-23-16
    F. Hawkins 08-23-16 Member Since 2008

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    I'm a big fan of McGarrity's Kevin Kearney mystery series, as good as Sandford, Connelly, and anyone else except that he doesn't write them any more. This is the final in the Kearney family history series, a good read, well narrated, but not as good as the mystery series.

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    Chris Albright 08-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent series and excellent book"

    Excellent book, super bummed last in the series. George guidall is one of my favorite

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    This is an amazing book. what an awesome trilogy! Michael McGarrity is extremely the best

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    Rusty Orange, TX, United States 07-02-16
    Rusty Orange, TX, United States 07-02-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Story and Narrator!!!"

    Once again the combination of Michael McGarrity and George Guidall has surpassed all in story and narration. Immensely entertaining!!!

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    Michael 06-28-16
    Michael 06-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Best Story Michael has done"

    Michael's best story in the end of this series. I hate to see the Kearney Families story end but what a way to do it.

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