Midnight Marauder

A Series of Western Novels Featuring the Adventures of John Crudder
Narrated by: R. William James
Series: Midnight Marauder, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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John Crudder is an ordinary 25-year-old law school graduate looking for work in the Old West. What he finds instead is the love of 18-year-old Charlotte and the reality that he cannot have her without placing her in mortal danger.

Raised to privilege, Crudder finds life as a cowhand, and later as a marshal, satisfying. Rather than being about to live that simple life, he finds himself thrust into the role of Midnight Marauder. Unless he stands up for those who have no voice, more lives will be lost, and an entire town will be wiped out.

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A great start to this western series

In book one of this series, Roy Clinton shows his passion and knowledge of life in the untamed west. The vivid descriptions of the land, structures, and people immediately brought into the story. I wanted to ride on Midnight just like John.

John Crudder, the main protagonist, is a law school graduate who travels to the old west and finds his education is not necessarily his biggest strength. As he abandons his privileged birthright, he finds satisfaction in sticking up for those who do not have as big a voice or as fast a gun. John Crudder is a champion of justice for one and all.

John took on the job as a cowhand on a ranch paired up with the colorful Jesse. They bonded as coworkers and friends. John’s strength of character drew me in immediately, especially as he becomes smitten by a young woman of 18. It was charming to find that at 25, John had little experience with woman or even dancing. Jesse comes to the rescue and teaches John to dance while they are out rounding up the breed cows in this charming scene. Jesse also illustrates his ability to show patience to his friend, in an endearing manner, positioned perfectly in the wide-open pastures.

“All right, Little Buddy. It’s time for your first dance lesson. Come on over, we might just as well get started.”
John groaned in protest. “Jesse, I don’t think this is a good idea. I don’t know anything about dancin’ and don’t think I can learn.”
“It may not be a good idea,” replied Jesse. “But if you don’t learn from me, you’re gonna take Charlotte to the dance and then she’ll discover you don’t know how to dance. What’ll you say for yourself then?”
“You’re right. I have to learn. I hope you can teach me,” John added with a note of exasperation in his voice.
Jesse walked over to John and bowed sharply. “Would you care to dance?”
“What kind of question is that?” We just went over that. I don’t want to but I don’t think I have any choice.”
“You’re missin’ the point. That’s how you ask a woman to dance. You bow and say, ‘Would you care to dance?’”

Narrator R. William James has the perfect voice to bring you into this story. His rich baritone voice reminds you that these cowboys are strong men that interact with vulnerable women. This is the first genre I have listened to by this voice actor and he simply nails it perfectly. He becomes each character as he infuses the right sense of drama into every scene connecting the listener to an already awesome story.

I recommend this story for fans of westerns as well as those who want to try one on for size. This size fits all. Enjoy! Lucky for us when you finish this one, Roy has another in this series to captivate you.