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One Ranger Audiobook

One Ranger: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

When his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly, Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers. Nick Nolte modeled his character on him in the movie Extreme Prejudice. Jackson even had a speaking part of his own in The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones. But the role that Jackson has always played the best is that of the man who wears the silver badge cut from a Mexican cinco peso coin, a working Texas Ranger.

Legend says that one Ranger is all it takes to put down lawlessness and restore the peace: one riot, one Ranger. In this adventure-filled memoir, Joaquin Jackson recalls what it was like to be the Ranger who responded when riots threatened, violence erupted, and criminals needed to be brought to justice across a wide swath of the Texas-Mexico border from 1966 to 1993.

©2005 H. Joaquin Jackson and David Marion Wilkinson; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Joaquin Jackson's frank and colorful account of his long career as a modern-day Texas Ranger thrills like an action novel....I could hardly put the book down....The writing is superb." (Elmer Kelton, award-winning author of The Good Old Boys)

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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-12-11
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Texana"

    This is a memoir of H. Joaquin Jackson, Texas Ranger. It is a collection of stories and recollections about his career as a Ranger. The book is entertaining, humorous, exciting, and heartbreaking Texana. It traces a career spanning several decades of Texas/Mexican conflict, changing mores and political realities and much technological advances in law enforcement. It would be interesting to hear what Ranger Jackson would have said in his own words, but his co-author, David Wilkinson, makes the prose sing. Perhaps the reader catches most clearly Ranger Jackson’s true voice in the chapter on his son who is serving a life sentence in prison. This is a man-book. The reading of Rex Linn is superb.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Bertone Conroe, Texas USA 02-14-10
    S. A. Bertone Conroe, Texas USA 02-14-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Tell Me More Joaquin"

    One hell of a book that leaves you wanting to hear more of his stories; being from Texas I have visited many of the areas he mentions in his book. I found myself engulfed with his adventures. Last spring we drove out to west Texas to enjoy the flowing colors of the rugged area. Not knowing the content of this new book beforehand, I downloaded the book. Not only did I enjoy listing to the adventures of Ranger Jackson, but our entire group wanted to hear him tell his true life stories as we drove back to Houston. The stories are true and the ending is sad. I found myself wanting to hear more of the life and times of Ranger Jackson. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what it is like to be a Texas Ranger.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Burt White Sulphur Springs, WV, USA 12-25-09
    Burt White Sulphur Springs, WV, USA 12-25-09
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    "Fascinating"

    Outstanding book. The story and narration are both excellent. If you are from Texas or just have an interest in law enforcement across the years, this one will keep your interest. I highly recommend it!

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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 12-03-09
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 12-03-09 Member Since 2017
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    "This was a great listen"

    Mr. Jackson spent about 30 years as a Texas Ranger from the 60's to the 90's. He is charming, witty, cantankerous and stubborn, but he tells a good story. I eagerly await the sequel.

    He starts out with his own history; and then weaves in the history of the Texas Rangers, and the stories of those he knew and wanted to know. He includes the story of the only Texas Ranger to have ever been awarded two medals of valor. And he goes back to talk to one of the criminals whom he captured after a jail break by tracking him through Texas on horseback. You can tell he really enjoyed catching up with this guy.


    There were a few glitches in the narration -- I didn't care. I just wanted to hear the next story.

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    Don Greenlee 08-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed. "

    The author story was not exciting. Very boastful for a career that resulted in zero promotions in 20 plus years.

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    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 01-04-17
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 01-04-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent listen."

    A biography and a series of interesting, sad, and violent tales from Joaquin’s 37 year career as a Texas Ranger. Excellent listen.

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    Abby 12-31-16
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    "makes you feel like a big ole weenie"

    it's a compilation of really good stories from a Texas ranger. hard to believe the stuff they got away with so recently.

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    Robert A. Beck II 09-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The material is genuine. Narrator is great!"

    The author tells his life story as best he can. You get to know him and his time as a Ranger in a very personal way, like hearing stories on the porch at sunset. Couldn't have picked a better narrator.

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    Christina Crawford SSMarie. On, Canada 04-24-16
    Christina Crawford SSMarie. On, Canada 04-24-16
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    "Living voice of American history"

    What an experience to listen to the remarkable words and adventures of an old fashioned lawman! He speaks with humility, humour, and genuine love for his country, his fellow officers and his profession. His is the voice of the past as he experienced, such variety of experiences-with Afghan tribesmen being trained as military, with famous actors, and even being an actor. I enjoyed his adventures and insights into Texas law, both past and present. I would be proud to meet this man of honour and grace.

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    jerri 01-19-16
    jerri 01-19-16
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    "I enjoyed the book from the beginning to the end."

    Vivid details and a great sense of the essence of Texas Ranger tradition. Worth the read.

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    "An interesting insight into the Texas Rangers."

    The author provides an interesting individual insight into his life and long career with the Texas Rangers over the years until his retirement towards the end of the 20th century. A truly recommended book well read and presented by deep authentic undertones of actor Rex Linn.

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