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Ransom's Law

Narrated by: Gary Bennett
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Roscoe Ransom returned home from World War I, broken both in body and spirit, drowning his pain daily in a bottle of whiskey. But even alcohol can’t numb the agony of losing his wife or the fear of trying to raise his son, Junior, alone. However, the mind-numbing predictability of Roscoe’s life as a sharecropper and his role of town sheriff - a job given to him out of pity when he returned from the war - is suddenly upended when a black man in their tiny community is murdered and castrated.
 

At 11 years old, Junior longs for his father’s love and attention to fill the void left by the death of his mother, but the person who has grown to fill that role is Willow Muscadine, a Cherokee Indian woman, who lives next door. When she sees him trying to locate the killer that his drunken father can’t - or won’t - find she decides to become Junior’s self-assigned protector. Junior overhears enough in town to realize this was no random murder of a black man. But the more questions he asks, the more dangerous the situation becomes for him, Roscoe, and Willow.
 

When the threats turn deadly, will it be enough to shake Roscoe from his misery in time to save them and find redemption? Or will his personal demons once again win until he’s lost everything and everyone who cares about him?
 

Best selling author, David Johnson, has once again produced one of his trademark “books with heart” and spun a tale that will have you rooting for the underdogs and hoping that good will triumph over evil.

©2018 David Johnson (P)2019 David Johnson

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 08-06-19

Well Written and Poignant

It’s pretty hard reading a book that is set what feels to be so far in the past when there are eerily similar vibes going on in my country right now.

I think that my favorite part of this book was just how easily it felt that Johnson was able to create believable chracters. They were there to be loved or hated and they all felt real and honest. When an author can make their characters jump off the page, it’s usually a winner in my book. The storytelling aspect of Ransom’s Law was also really well done. Johnson is a natural storyteller who weaves a story that was easy to read from beginning to end.

I haven’t read other books from Johnson but I think I might have to add some to my list. Even not being a huge historical fiction fan – this book jumped off the page and right into my brain. It’s one of those that will stick with me for a while.

Throw in the excellent narration by Gary Bennett and you have a book that I flew through. Bennett was able to add in just the right amount of voices and give them just enough difference and dramatics to make this go from just a book to more of a story being told directly to me.

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powerful story with racial tension running high

11yo Junior Ransom is a good kid. He has been taking care of his alcoholic father since his mother died in childbirth 5 yrs ago, and he's getting tired of it. Sheriff Roscoe Ransom returned to his small town after WWI a broken man. He drinks to numb the pain in his leg, as well as the pain in his heart left by the death of his wife. When a black man is horrifically murdered, and it appears that it was racially motivated, Sheriff Ransom promises the black community that he will solve the murder. However, can you trust the word of an alcoholic, especially one who is a share cropper on the land of one of the suspects? When Junior starts his own investigation and his persistence puts him in danger, will Roscoe finally put down the drink and save what's important? Will he back off from solving the murder? The racial tension in this story is palpable...Roscoe credits his life to John, a black man who also came back from war broken, and gets flak from the white community for that friendship. Things get worse when Willow, the Native American woman who is Roscoe's neighbor and has been helping take care of Junior since his mother's passing, finally moves in with them, When Roscoe finally sobers up and solves the murder, the result will shock you.
This story will keep you spell bound until the end...as it did me! Definitely a re-read/listen. The narrator did a superb job of keeping you invested in the story.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Heartbreaking, eye-opening story

I received a free code to listen to this book and I did so willingly.

Jr and his father and all their friends had to withstand quite a lot of turmoil to find their rightful place in a small town ruled by the KKK.
In the end their love and forgiveness were life changing for all they came in contact with.

Heartwarming moments and moments of utter turmoil were part of this book... but the good surpasses the evil.

Congratulations to the author that kept me glued to my seat and a round of applause for the narrator... you were awesome

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A very good coming of age story.

I received this audio book free, from the author in exchange for writting a review. I did really like this book! The main character is growing up without a mother and with a father who suffers from combat PTSD, grief from losing his wife and is battling alcoholism. The boy also has a very special loyal canine companion, which pulled me into the story to me from the start. His father is a policeman in a small town that is being divided by racism, curuption and murder. The book is full of action but yet very meaningful.

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A sweet story.

It was not your typical murder mystery. I'm not sure i liked such a syrupy ending. The reader was wonderful, though. I received this audiobook for free and am providing this review voluntarily.

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  • Mac
  • Clinton, Montserrat
  • 06-18-19

A compelling story, well told

I enjoyed Ransom's Law for it's compelling story line and for the logical sequence in which it was presented. Set in the south during the depression, it applies what we know now as PTSD to an era where it was not understood. The characters were flawed enough to be believable. Not so many twists and turns, but enough intrigue to keep it very interesting. The narration was excellent. The narration of an audio book can make or break the listening experience. In this case Gary Bennett did an outstanding job of giving life to the characters. Highly recommend.

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Heartwarming

This is an engaging story, kind of reminiscent of a Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Set after WWI, with issues of the time- racism, men broken by war, alcohol, and more, a young boy works to set things right. Not terribly realistic at times- but a nice story.

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Home not so sweet home

Ransom's Law
: David Johnson

This is the first time that I've listened to this author, but it won't be the last.

This novel is a historical fiction set after WWI. Roscoe Ransom returns home injured and drowning his pain with whiskey. His eleven year old son wants his dads love and attention. Roscoe is a share cropper and the town's sheriff. Roscoe's wife died and he has to raise Junior on his own.

The town is filled with all kinds of characters from many ethnic groups, not to mention the KKK.

The inter-actions of the characters will have the listener loving some while despising others. The story flows along with a few twists that keep you intrigued. The ending was satisfying.





The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Gary Bennett's voice is a good choice for this genre.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Helen
  • 07-20-19

AMAZING

amazing book heart warming story
returned home from World War I, broken both in body and spirit, drowning his pain daily in a bottle of whiskey.
well written by David Johnson and bought to life by Gary Bennett