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Publisher's Summary

Mike Cox, journalist and Texas Ranger grand master, recounts enthralling tales of men who proudly wore the silver Lone Star - once hand-carved from the Mexican five peso. Whether facing Indians, banditos, or Yankees, TexasRangers earned a reputation for being some of the most formidable lawmen in U.S. history.
©2008 Mike Cox; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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"[A] lively, enlightening history." (Booklist)

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Like reading case reports

Unfortunately, this book reads like a series of case reports. There isn't much background to most of the incidents described, so you feel like you've gotten the facts, but not much of a "story".

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A good read

Cox tells a compelling story, and seems to have done his research in a thorough fashion. I'd have wished that he had more stories about John Coffee Hays, but I guess there is just not enough space for everything.

The reader did well to weave a fair amount of Texas sounding vowel sounds into the narrative without overdoing it. I could quibble about his pronouncing Bexar, but that would just be whining.

I'd highly recommend this audible book to anyone interested in this period of Texas history.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Todd
  • lakewood, CO, USA
  • 03-11-14

Texas Rangers

Would you try another book from Mike Cox and/or Jonathan Hogan?

yes I enjoy his style of writing

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator was well spoken and added to the story

Was The Texas Rangers worth the listening time?

Yes it leaves you wanting more

Any additional comments?

great book about a great time with great men

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • KTP
  • Buffalo Gap, TX United States
  • 07-11-12

The Texas Rangers

Book was really good. It got bogged down in some mundane details but not too often to de-rate the book any. The viewpoint was slated a bit but listened to the Empire of the Sun right after and got a real good compare and contrast perspective. Very brutal times on both sides of the fence back then.

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Like reading footnotes

In attempting to write the definitive Ranger story the book unearths isolated scraps of information that read like footnotes. In the process the book repeats "lack of funding", "heoric exploits", "disbanded", "legends" etc. without an explicit unifying theme. Remove redundancies and this book can be reduced to a pamphlet. Found myslef drifiting throughout thinking "I heard (read) this before." It is numbing and after a while nothing really stands out as unique. So the author has to remind the reader "this is unique." The repitition made the reading tedious! The Texas Rangers of lore deserve better.

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