I'd actually give this about 2 to 2-1/2 Stars for the story but certain features (as you'll see) earned it a full 3 Stars. First of all, it started out really good with an exciting shootout that I felt could have realistically happened. I was also pleased to find accurate (as far as I could tell) descriptions of the weapons used by the protagonists. Heck, there was even (..better sit down for this one..) the need to "reload" after shooting! Wow! That alone earned the book a higher rating from me. I really thought I was going to love this story after that, but unfortunately, after the first quarter or so the story mostly petered out.
*****WARNING: SOME MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD.******
Sure it was kind of interesting to hear how they were fixing up the ranch, but I felt the author went into WAY too much detail. I also agree with another reviewer that the money situation seemed pretty unrealistic. How he could afford to buy all that stuff for the ranch and feed all those people on his crew was kind of hard to swallow and stretched credibility for me. His last gun fight was also rather unbelievable. He was shot at least twice and getting weak from blood loss as he was nearly drowned and choked to death in the water, but he still managed to ride two more days and stand up to the lawyer with his rifle before seeing a doctor. Not to mention going on the days-long trip all by himself with all that money. That was too much for me.
Still it wasn't a bad story and I'm glad I finished it, if nothing else in order to read about that very first gun fight. If you like westerns then you might like this one, though you'll probably want to skip over a lot of the boring descriptions in the middle like I did.