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With two trail drives under his belt, Dewey "Mac" Mackenzie has proven to be more than a good chuckwagon cook. He's good at serving up justice, too - with a side of hot lead....

Mac Mackenzie has enough problems on his plate. He's got bounty hunters on his tail, no one on his side, and no place to hide. Just when he thinks it can't get any worse, he hears the rumbling of a cattle stampede - heading straight for his camp. Mac's got two choices: Get trampled like a weed or saddle up and help get the herd under control. At first, the traildrivers ain't too pleased to have a stranger help them out. But once they realize Mac's not a rustler, they ask him to join the team. Mac takes them up on the offer - especially after he meets the cowgirl Colleen - and quickly impresses everyone with his cooking skills. There's just a few more problems:

Mac's new employers are the real rustlers. And Mac's stepped out of the frying pan into the fire....

©2020 J. A. Johnstone (P)2020 Tantor

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Engrossing

This is book three of the Chuckwagon Series. This historical fiction series is well written and researched. What started me reading the series was the twist of having the hero as cook on a trail drive.

The book attempts to portray life on the cattle drive. In this issue, Johnstone tells of the problems of the cattle drive on the Texas to Montana trail which partly uses the Bozeman Trail. The story is paced with lots of action and even has some recipes. I am looking forward to the next installment.

The book is nine hours and forty-six minutes. Danny Campbell does a great job narrating the series. Campbell is a classically trained actor and audiobook narrator. He has won multiple Audiofile Earphone Awards and was Audiofile’s Best Narrator of 2017.

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I like chuckwagon beans

I enjoyed this book. I think it's time Dewey should give into the female attention he's been getting. He's to much a choir boy. This was a good cattle drive book and good people he hooked up with. Great ending.

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I feel a connection

My Great Grandmother was a Chuckwagon cook on William “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s TE
Ranch located to the South West of Cody 120 years ago. By that time the cattle drives were long gone but Chuck wagon cooking remained. She died 60 years ago but I remember her stories. The cooking aspect of this western speaks of the stories she told a 12 year old. If you wish to recreate what this Might have been prepared on the trail check out the Marlboro Man Chuckwagon cook book series. There are dam good biscuit recipes.

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short story

great listen a little shart though. the reader was great the book and reader kept it entertaining.