©2008 Mike Cox; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"[A] lively, enlightening history." (Booklist)
Unfortunately, this book reads like a series of case reports. There isn't much background to most of the incidents described, so you feel like you've gotten the facts, but not much of a "story".
Cox tells a compelling story, and seems to have done his research in a thorough fashion. I'd have wished that he had more stories about John Coffee Hays, but I guess there is just not enough space for everything.
The reader did well to weave a fair amount of Texas sounding vowel sounds into the narrative without overdoing it. I could quibble about his pronouncing Bexar, but that would just be whining.
I'd highly recommend this audible book to anyone interested in this period of Texas history.
Book was really good. It got bogged down in some mundane details but not too often to de-rate the book any. The viewpoint was slated a bit but listened to the Empire of the Sun right after and got a real good compare and contrast perspective. Very brutal times on both sides of the fence back then.
Non Fiction Reader
In attempting to write the definitive Ranger story the book unearths isolated scraps of information that read like footnotes. In the process the book repeats "lack of funding", "heoric exploits", "disbanded", "legends" etc. without an explicit unifying theme. Remove redundancies and this book can be reduced to a pamphlet. Found myslef drifiting throughout thinking "I heard (read) this before." It is numbing and after a while nothing really stands out as unique. So the author has to remind the reader "this is unique." The repitition made the reading tedious! The Texas Rangers of lore deserve better.
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