Forget all the previous reviews I wrote where I said a book was good for some laughs. This audiobook is truly FUNNY and could be a new found cure for..Show More » depression or for a listening slump. You just have to be willing to jump genres and get outside of the box.
It is a cowboy story! Certainly not my first choice for a great listen. However, I really loved Lonesome Dove and this book had great ratings, too. I had never heard of this author before and he reads his own book. Arg--what a leap of faith!
And believe me, it paid off. Everything about Deer Run Trail is perfect. It's a must read audiobook. David R. Lewis is a very talented fellow. He nailed the cowboy dialogue like you can't imagine, and he reads his own book like no one else could. I was smiling and chuckling (out loud) through the entirety of the story and loving every minute of it.
You can't not get drawn in by young Reuben Beeler as he travels along the Missouri River seeking his fortune, or better yet, coming of age and finding his calling in law enforcement. And enforce he does! No political correctness here, no catering to the bad guys. It's the way we used to do it and it felt good, really good to hear Reuben and his mentors take care of business. And yet, what a sweetheart Reuben is! This book has a lot going on and it isn't all shoot-em-ups.
I can imagine listening to all the books in this series. And soon. Highly recommended for pure enjoyment and a fun listen!
I cannot think of a more fun and enjoyable series. I am fixin' to listen to every one of them! And I do not say that lightly or for any other author ..Show More »or series.
Lewis narrates his own books, at least in this series he does. Nobody could do it better than he does. And I do not say that lightly, either.
Start with Book 1, Deer Run Trail. See my review of it on June 27, 2016. This one, The Nodaway Trail, Book 2, is just as good, maybe even a tad better. They are all back--young Reuben, Marion, and Homer. Don't forget Reuben's sweetheart, Harmony. Add a full cast of good guys and bad guys. Add another "trail trip", with lots of laughs, shoot-em-ups, taking care of business (both kinds), lots of bacon, biscuits, and beans, the two Arlisses (the gunsmith AND the mule), and you will have a listening experience that can't be surpassed. Trust me!
You owe it to yourself to try this series. If you have any sense of humor at all and you enjoy being entertained by audiobooks, this series can't be beat (in my humble opinion.) You don't have to be a fan of westerns, you just need to be a little fun-loving or adventurous.
Not for the pure of language or for those who hate swearing of any kind, even the smallest bit.
I give this series, at least Books 1 and 2, my highest recommendation. C'mon, you gotta have some fun once in a while!
David Lewis is a gifted author who is equally gifted as a narrator. This is a thoroughly enjoyable "Western" with seamless masterful narratio..Show More »n of many different voices. You have no idea that one person is narrating all the different characters. Action, comedy, exciting plot, theme: crystal clear of good over evil, all topped off with a "happy ending". I loved all 5 audiobooks in this series and am sad there is no more. I loved the stories, characters, plots and did not want them to end. Please write more Mr. Lewis!!!
This is my first book written by David R. Lewis. This book was published in June 2015. Most of the westerns I have read recently have been published..Show More » in the 1930s to 1940s. It is great to see current writers venture into this genre. What triggered me to read the book was the comment about the wilds of Southern Illinois. I was curious as to what the wilderness would be like.
Our Heroes U.S. Marshals Ruben Beeler, Homer Poteet and Marion Daniels are on the trail of Beulah Boggs. She poisoned a well at a church and thirteen people died. Apparently Boggs was after vengeance. Boggs crossed the Mississippi river into the wilds of Southern Illinois where she has family and friends at their old home. The author mentions the City of Alton, Illinois and the Union POW prison where thousands died of small pox during the Civil War. Lewis also mentioned there are ghost stories in the area. I looked this up to see if it was true and it was. I wished I had known about the Civil War monument to the prison when I visited the area last year. I enjoy finding true facts in fiction stories; these days it is so easy to quickly verify facts. Before the 1980s I had to keep a list until I could get to the library and without the reference librarian to help me it was difficult to find the information. I think this hunt for true facts is half my fun in reading fiction.
The story is character driven so we have a great time getting to know Ruben, Homer and Marion and Mrs. Boggs. The book is well written, fast paced, lots of action and some suspense. The author narrated his own book. I will look for more books by this author.
Best stories best author best narrator best characters Best Westerns ever. if you don't like these books, somethings definitely wrong with you. Do yo..Show More »urself a favor and start at the beginning of the series. Note to the author if you ever stop writing I'm going to hunt you down bust you upside the head. You have truly made my days thank you keep them coming.