©2005 Dusty Rhodes; (P)2005 Books in Motion
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is a nice short western story. Westerns make a nice change of pace from the usual books as they reminded me of the Western movies of my youth when right and wrong was so simple. Gene Engene did a good job narrating the story. The story is classic for a western where a 14 year old male youth sets off the avenge the murder of his father. The story moves right along and builds on the Littlejohn family. Life on the ranch was hard and they only had themselves do depend on. Reading the list of daily chores makes one glad to live in the modern age of running water, electricity and modern stoves.
"Vengeance Is Mine" is the continuation of "Death Rides a Pale Horse" --- although both books can stand alone. It's about T.J. Littlejohn's son, Tad, who seeks vengeance against the wealthy rancher who shot his father in the back. He practices his gun skills for 2 years and at age 16 feels ready to face his father's killer. He places a $500 bounty on the rancher "Dead or Alive" then goes after the bounty. He, his adopted brother, and a gunslinger turned Deputy Sheriff in Tad's hometown, travel to New Mexico to face the rancher and his hired guns.
Dusty Rhodes westerns are brought to life by Gene Engene. Dusty portrays well the violence characteristic of the old west by men who have no conscience, and the men who want to bring them to justice.
Although I am not into violent literature, Dusty's books are stories with depth and a touch of realism depicting families who lived in that era. I find them quite entertaining.
The narrated by Gene Engene is a great performance. This is the first western by Dusty Rhodes that I have listened to. Gene Engene performance is a great and makes for a great listening. Gene Engene put the action into his performance make the story come alive. I would recommend this story to anyone who like westerns with a lot of action.
Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.
A Dusty Rhodes story is like a screenplay for Gunsmoke or Rawhide. "Some violence" but "no sex" and the good guys always win but not without encountering some perils along the trail. This one was no exception.
I am a long time Dusty fan and recommend his stories to any lover of "Westerns".
Gene Engene is the only voice I would ever want for a Dusty story.
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