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Better off Dead

Shawn O'Brien Series
Narrated by: Jack Garrett
Series: Shawn O'Brien, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Westerns
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On the West Texas border, a behemoth is bellowing smoke, fire, and death. This monster is the infamous Abaddon Cannon Foundry, whose weapons of war have spread death and destruction around the world - and made a few men in Big Buck, Texas, incredibly rich.

Now, a Mexican-born teenager has disappeared into this fortress factory where men work and sweat as slaves. This boy's sister wants to learn her brother's fate, and she just happens to know a man named Shawn O'Brien, the town tamer. Shawn rides to Texas to find the missing boy. What he discovers in Big Buck will spark a ferocious, bloody battle with the greatest evil the West ever known: masters of war who laugh in the face of anyone who defies them - until Shawn O'Brien raises his six-gun. Then the laughing stops.

©2016 J. A. Johnstone (P)2016 Recorded Books

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entertainingly good listening

we listen to this on our ride home from ohio to florida and it was a great book. highly recommend.

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Better of Dead: Shawn O'Brien, by William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone.

Excellent story as all the Johnstone Brothers books are. Jack Garrett is a excellent Narrator. This is not the usual Western one is use to. Although it was a entaining story it took a turn from a western topic and went a different direction. There is still a lot of action, but in a different way. I don't think you will be disappointed unless all you like is bank hold ups, train robbing, etc. If that is the case you won't like this, but if you would like a different path for a western story then you will like this book. As always as far as I am concerned those Johnstone Brothers have a very creative mind. I am off for the next book by them on Shawn O'Brien. For mature because of violence.

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Never Ending Droll

If your looking for a story with action or suspense, keep going. This audiobook limped along in a Never Ending Droll.

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I like Johnstone western novels. BUT not this one

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yeh. Go back to boots and saddles stories. Flying machines??? Shame on you.

Would you ever listen to anything by William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone again?

Yeh. I love good westerns.

What aspect of Jack Garrett’s performance would you have changed?

Don't change a hair for me, not if you care for me.