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After burying their parents, the three young Isom brothers faced starvation. Desperate and penniless, they set out in search of work. Their long, difficult journey forces them to discover themselves, and the harsh reality of life in the late 1800s. With hard work, determination, and a dream, they emerge as one of the greatest success stories of the old west.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 05-05-15

Engaging

It has been sometime since I read a western so thought it might make a nice change of pace. The story starts off in the late 1800 with a familiar western theme; three young brothers, Frank, Bob, and Jesse have just buried their parents. They face starvation and are desperate, so off they go to find work so they can eat.

Rhodes tells the story of each of the brothers in his usual interesting style. The story tells of how they learned skills and developed into hard working honest men. Rhodes is a great story teller and he can keep my attention throughout the book.

I think the narrator Gene Engene has the perfect voice for narrating a western.

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Great Read

If you could sum up The Isoms in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, fast-paced, western

What other book might you compare The Isoms to and why?

the Longhorns, because it's about overcoming odds and the building of a western empire

Which character – as performed by Gene Engene – was your favorite?

Bob

If you could rename The Isoms, what would you call it?

Love it like it is.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed this one, keep looking for book 2 . <br/>anything written by Dusty Rhodes & read by Gene Engene is worthy listening.

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A very good Western Book

This story is a very good read. The story line is very interesting with a lot of action. This book follows " The Longhorn" series & keeps your interest the same. They both holds your attention to the very in. After reading "The Isoms" books 1 & 2, I would recommend reading "The Longhorn" series.

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  • Xavier
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 08-03-14

Manly story

Love the Dusty Rhodes western novels. Enjoy men overcoming adversity. Working hard, fighting hard, living by a sense of right and wrong which is not governed by human laws but by a inner sense of moral right and wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Refreshing read

In a day when evil seems to triumph, it is refreshing to read stories where the good-guys win. Dusty Rhodes writes really good stories that not only entertain, they simply make one feel better about life - even is what you are reading is fiction. I've really enjoyed all his books so far.

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  • Don
  • Reno, NV United States
  • 07-18-17

The author has an interesting approach and style. He tells and interesting develops the character

The author of this book ,Dusty Rhodes has a
The ability to write an interesting and compelling story tha makes it very difficult to

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Superhuman Threesome

Good narration, except I couldn't easily understand some of the deliberately garbled or querulous voices. This is book 1 of 2 in a Western historical fiction series. Rhodes employs a standard writing style, told in 3rd person in linear chronology. No pesky scene hopping!

A feel-good story. Plot is not very credible — a romanticized portrayal of three superheroes taming the lawless West (Texas and Kansas mainly). They find romance and riches while stomping out corruption. There is a wolf-dog in some scenes. I liked those best, and wanted more.

The three Isom brothers (Frank is 23, Bob 21, Jesse 17) grew up in a peaceful enough small farming community in Missouri, with no knowledge of the ruthless world. However, when their beloved mama dies they head West together, and miraculously hey-presto handle every murdering scum the world sends their way, easily and quickly.

Bob is the charismatic handsome spokesman for the brothers, and this is mainly his story, but the three make key decisions by democratic vote. With assured aplomb they confront murderous gunslingers and cattle rustlers, taking on absurd odds.

The author tries to portray them as honorable, hat-tipping, hard-working, self-disciplined men who protect the weak, while they blow killers away with a hidden shotgun. Or hang em from the highest tree. Not that they didn't all deserve it. And the brothers wore a badge. Sometimes. But still...

I liked this book at first but it got too predictable. When I realized these boys were golden, untouchable, suspense went out the window.

Ends abruptly, when Bob's cattle drive arrives in Abiline, Kansas, where Bob hopes to marry the beautiful Rachel. Didn't read the sequel, part two. Skimmed the last chapters.

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Good Read

Overall I found this an entertaining light read with plenty of good old cowboy action and colorful background.

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love the way Dusty Rhodes

Love the way the writer makes you feel like you are there And the people seem so real.Good and bad,and a great feel for the area

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Great book for anyone!

Really enjoyed this book!! Brought all my cowboy dreams back to life and hope to try a cattle drive once, (if there is still such a thing!)
Well read and excellent story! Can't wait to start the second book in the series!