Was it justice...or revenge? What drove a simple farmer to set out on an impossible quest after a gang of bloodthirsty killers that raped and murdered his wife and slit his small son's throat?
Johnny Shooter was sentenced to hang at noon. But Judge Isaac Parker, widely known as the "Hanging Judge", made Johnny an offer he couldn't refuse....
Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas....
Army scout, Indian fighter, bounty hunter, and great nephew of the legendary frontiersman, Daniel Boone, Jedidiah hung up his guns and retired to his mountain hideaway....
Leaving their Pennsylvania home to forge a new life in the untamed Oregon Territory of 1845, the Colter family is ambushed by a kill-crazy gang of cutthroats on the Oregon Trail....
Hawk Haynes ruled from his heart, but stayed alive by using his instincts. Hawk was on his way to start a new life in Texas when he runs into burned out wagons....
After burying their parents, the three young Isom brothers faced starvation....
Even at the age of 14, folks were calling him the youngest bounty hunter in Texas....
J.C. Holderfield brought law and order to the lawless frontier of Texas in the mid-eighteen hundreds and became known far and wide as “The Town Tamer”....
The Civil War made him a man. The battle of Shiloh made him a hero and gave him a nickname that stuck....
T.J. Littlejohn became a bounty hunter for the needs of his family....
When Zach Connors and his pa left their Kentucky homestead in the summer of 1824 to see the Rocky Mountains, he didn't realize he would never see his childhood home again or that he would find love, friendship, fame, and a new home in this wild and harsh wilderness....
In 1876 the seemingly impossible happened in San Antonio, Texas - Emmett Strong, a prodigy of a pistolero, accidentally shot his own young wife in a showdown gone awry....
For the first time, an epic account of a boy born into a struggle for survival on the harsh and unforgiving American frontier, the story behind the legend of Smoke Jensen....
The Texas-Mexico border, the winter of 1886-The Great Die Up. A raw rift separates Mexicans and Anglos. A loner cowpoke and a mute Mexican girl fight man and nature to reunite....
Joshua Ryder is eight when his mother is murdered. An old cowboy becomes the father he has never had, and, when he is dying, asks Josh, now 18, to leave the ranch....
Matt Jensen, reared by legendary mountain hero Smoke, is the last of a proud breed....
Award-winning author Dusty Rhodes was born in Eastern Oklahoma - formerly the notorious Indian Territory. Dusty grew up on stories of the old west. After retirement, he began taking down those stories that had been gathering dust on the shelves of his mind and doing what he had dreamed of doing since childhood - writing historical westerns. His first book, Man Hunter, was named the best western e-book of 2002.
Gene Engene does a great job reading Dusty Rhodes books. He has a great voice for a western. The book has a good story line and lots of action to keep one interested, no sex, foul words or unnecessary violence. Shawgo as a Texas Ranger chases bad men and Indians as well as corrupt politicians. The valley he lives in sounds beautiful, wish I could pack up and move there and watch the horses, cattle and goats graze. Hope there are more books about Shawgo. Westerns make a nice change of pace stories.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
Dusty Rhodes has a way of holding your attention to the end. He seems to know to what lengths he can go into his descriptions of things giving the reader a mental picture of the terrain, people, or situation without boring them.
Although fiction, Shawgo gives us an idea of the dangers of being a Texas Ranger and the wide scope of their duties...and why they were sorely needed to bring law and order into a lawless land.
Gene Engene was a good choice for narrator--he gave a great performance.
This book should not disappoint any fan of western genre.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This was not as enjoyable as "Manhunter" by the same author and narrator as "Shawgo". I gave it an overall 4 because I was still feeling warm and fuzzy over my listen of "Manhunter". The story was not as strong but the performance was excellent so I gave it a begrudging 4 overall. I plan to listen to more books by Dusty Rhodes, narrated by Gene Eugene, and hope I can find some which equal the pleasure I received listening to "Manhunter".
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really liked the book. I thought it had a good story line and good detail. You can't beat a good main character and a reader that sounds like you would like the person to be. This fits.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What would have made Shawgo better?
A smarter hero as in his other books, Longhorn for example was great and it had smart heros galore..
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
<br/>Since there is a book two and the promo has already ruined it, I can only say it will be a hard read if I choose to do so..
Which character – as performed by Gene Engene – was your favorite?
Captain of the Texas <br/>rangers.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shawgo?
Each time he foolishly left his Lady in jeopardy. When he gave up his gun, when he put the women in jeopardy again and again.
Any additional comments?
Dusty Rhodes is a good writer and the reader Gene Engene is excellent, but this time he made his hero so dumb, giving up his gun to the small town Sheriff, putting Hanna in danger, falling asleep on the job, trying to save a fellow prisoner and getting beaten himself. And from the promo of book two, "it don't get no better"..
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Being a huge Louis L'Amour fan I wasn't sure this novel would be as good as it was. I was pleasantly surprised and feel it is as good as or better than any western I've read or listened to.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would and indeed HAVE recommended this audiobook to my wife who does not like westerns because the story is very well written and the performance is top notch. She loved it as well and is now hooked on Mr Rhodes western audiobooks
What did you like best about this story?
I liked how the author endears the characters to the reader with just the right amount of description. Many authors fall short with this while others go overboard and derail the story with too much character insight at the wrong time. I don't think Mr Rhodes is given enough credit for this.
What does Gene Engene bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mr Engene brings life to the story. His range of vocalizations is not only exceptional, it is consistent. A character is that character everytime you hear him/her. He is an amazing performer and in my opinion, the best western audiobook narrator by a considerable margin
If you could take any character from Shawgo out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Leander McNelly, Captain of the Texas Rangers because he has that understated "coolness" that you just can't get enough of
Any additional comments?
"Shawgo" exceeded my expectations. I have listened to all of Mr Rhodes' westerns except the "Longhorn" series and until I listened to "Shawgo" (both book one and two), the author's "Manhunter" was my favorite. I put the Shawgo series at the same fantastic level. From the opening chapter through the way he closes a story to the way Mr Engene narrates, these stories are entertainment at it's finest. Notice I said "entertainment" - sure there are more thrilling, more cerebral, more technically precise stories out there, but for sheer entertainment value - fun, engaging....."entertaining", there is none better. Well done!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This was excellent in developing both plot and characters. Gave a real incite into every day life in the 1800's. Great read.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I bought this for my husband who loves westerns. I needed something to read and decided to read it too. I was pleasantly surprised. The story is interesting and has many twists and turns. I would recommend it for an enjoyable read that is easy to follow.
I read the book some time ago and find Rhodes a fun recreational read. Have Gene Engene read for me in the car during a commute is quite enjoyable.