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Publisher's Summary

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.... On the eve of the Civil War, Kirby Jensen is the youngest of three children living on a hardscrabble ranch in Southwestern Missouri. But in 1861, shots were fired in Charleston harbor, and Kirby's father and brother went to war.

Smoke Jensen, the Beginning follows the Jensen clan during these volatile years, from Civil War battles to border state raids to the kind of frontier justice achieved only by bullets and blood. William W. Johnstone chronicles the early years of Kirby Jensen - soon to be nicknamed Smoke - as he journeys from boyhood innocence into a manhood shaped by violence and a young man's thirst for justice. Filled with actual historical events and legendary characters, the story of Smoke Jensen's early years is a powerful, brutal and amazing American saga - the crowning achievement of America's most popular living Western writer.

©2015 J.A. Johnstone (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Great Story!

Would you listen to Smoke Jensen, the Beginning again? Why?

I don't know. I really enjoyed listening to it but it had an unfinished ending. I wish it had a sequel.

What other book might you compare Smoke Jensen, the Beginning to and why?

Some Dusty Rhodes and Louis L'Amour books.

What does Jack Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He makes the characters live in your mind's eye.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several, but when Jamie leaves her child behind brought tears to my eyes.

Any additional comments?

It was a well written and narrated story, but the ending left too many unanswered questions. The reason for only 4 Stars for overall rating.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Best western book I've read/listened to in years

This was the best western book I've read/listened to in years. If you enjoy stories of the "Old West" you'll want to give this one a listen.

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Smoke Jensen

I love the books of Preacher and Smoke Jensen they are very good to hear

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Fine Story

Well written account of Kirby and what melded him into the character that we e have enjoyed traveling with throughout the series

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All the Western cliches you will need

Perhaps the author could have stuffed another cliche in this book but I am not sure how
Despite that it’s a fun read with the narrator doing a pretty good John Wayne imitation

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great book!<br />

My first audible book!
Got me really hooked!
Can't wait to keep to hear more!

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Great book

This book answers so many questions about Smoke’s life and how things came to be.

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  • Montevallo, AL, United States
  • 05-12-17

Another good one !

easy to get caught up in just rolled right on through it. Wish it was longer :)

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The Making of a Gunfighter,

This so far after MANY of these Johnstone books is my favorite. Great narration too!

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I am a fan. I luv listening audible stories

Johnstone books are great to listen to audibly while traveling down the road they are thoroughly entertaining. I have read countless numbers of books of his but really like listening to them all of them