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The Buckskin Line tells of Texas' chaotic early years, when a ragtag group of irregular volunteers fought to defend the far edges of settlement from incursion by Indians and frontier outlaws. In time, they would become known as the Texas Rangers.

This is a story of the early days when... 

An intense, red-haired young man named Rusty Shannon rides into Fort Belknap on the Brazos River and joins the Texas Rangers. Years before, Mike Shannon rescued Rusty from a Comanche war party and became his adoptive father. Not long ago, Mike Shannon was bushwhacked and killed, and his death still haunts Rusty. Rusty thinks he knows the identity of Mike's killers. But with Texas now in the throes of seceding from the Union, Rusty has his hands full fighting for the law in lawless Texas and for the life of the woman he loves. If that were not enough of a burden, Rusty is also heading for a showdown with the Comanche warrior who killed his family over 20 years ago.

©1999 Elmer Kelton (P)2019 Recorded Books

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lonesome dove style

The book is a very lonesome dove style of the Texas Rangers , It is well narrated as all of George's books are. You can imagine the life of the early Rangers and Frontier .

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Realistic West! A new favorite author!

The characters aren't over the top or cliche; I got a sense of really living in 1861. It feels like the author really knows horses and cattle. So I looked up Elmor Kelton, and he was born and raised on ranches in West Texas. Kelton has a star at the Ft. Worth stockyards (think Hollywood sidewalk star but for contributing to Texas culture). Some of his books are award winners, and this one isn't even one of them, even though this book was thoroughly entertaining! The story even offered insight that I had never or seldom considered about the situation of that era concerning Indians and the Civil War.

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Kelton Delivers. Guidall Delivers

Kelton’s Texas stories make this New Mexico born and raised man glad. He is a great western writer that weaves a lot of history into his stories while making his characters live lives that result in strengths and weaknesses.
George Guidall always tells the stories so very well.

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Excellent story of Texas during the civil war

Yet another excellent story from West Texas author Elmer Kelton. He wrote about where he lived and knew every nuance of the cowboy culture and native American way of life. This book is a great example of life on the Texas frontier at the outbreak of the civil war and all of the strife and divisiveness that Texans were burdened with at that time. You get both a Texas Ranger's point of view and that of a Comanche who captured the Ranger as a child. The narration is wonderfully done by George Guidall. I have yet to listen to anything he has narrated that I have not enjoyed. His performance makes a good book even better.

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Interesting Time

I like westerns and this one was okay. The story was not as compelling as some, which may have been because the main character lacked depth. But the historical perspective was really interesting. The setting is Texas in the years immediately before and beginning the Civil War, and we see this time from multiple, conflicting, points of view: settlers, Native Americans of different tribes and cultures, the Texas Rangers, the U.S. army, and finally those who sympathized with either the North or the South. True to life, the lines aren't always clear and, of course, disagreeable sorts can always find a reason to look down on someone else.

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Horrible. Waste. Stupid.

If you enjoy Indian massacres shooting men in their back's with arrows, group raping of Indians of white women, or piercing babies to death with spears while their mother's watched, then you will love this book.

The book's continuous incessant rambling about succession from the States lasts for hours throughout the book and it forces you to want to fast forward through much of it.

Plot is horribly written. Case and point if the main character Rusty followed the German soldier to his new post then the ending would of been much more interesting.

Incredibly boring and stupid book, ending was silly and laughable.

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an interesting way to learn history

Elmer Kelton has a way of making history interesting. George Guaidall's narration always adds to the story

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Gives insight to beginning of Texas & Rangers

I tried to pay attention to a bird's eye view of history in this story. Sometimes, it was hard to follow the story. What I did gain made me appreciate the early beginning of Texas. The sacrifices were terrific!

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Elmer Kelton does not disappoint

His words bring to light the conflicts and emotions of that time in Texas history. Wonderful read.

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good overall

the beginning is a little confusing but comes around to an easy to follow book. Very enjoyable to listen to.