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Publisher's Summary

He gave his word, refused to break a vow, and lost his one chance at true love. Now they've come for his land. Hap Wilkes is a man facing a painful past, an increasingly uncertain future, and now fights with everything left in a broken and failing body, to keep the one thing still left to him - his pride.

The Irish Cowboy is a story of loss, secrets, redemption, and the always present human yearning for love and forgiveness, and marks the most personal novel to date from best-selling author D.W. Ulsterman.

©2014 D.W. Ulsterman (P)2017 D.W. Ulsterman

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I wanted to like this novel but ended up aghast at it!

In these days of political turmoil in this country, I often wonder how others come by their positions. This book provided some clues to that query. It bordered on propaganda mixed with a ridiculous parody of the old westerns my generation grew up watching. The Federal Bureau of Land Management is portrayed as a wild horse and dog killing entity that tramples individual rights. They have endless helicopters, officers, and budgets available to protect reptiles as they destroy one man's life. Even when individuals, not the entire Federal government, are exposed as the root of the problem, the heroes are the local townspeople and their local representatives (with the exception of a fighter-jet wielding general). Everything turns out wonderfully for the "good guys" with every mistake forgiven by loved ones in heaven. It grew increasingly unrealistic and dangerous as the chapters unfolded. Life holds complications that can't be cured by a group chorus of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic!" It builds excessive individualism and local rights as the only entities worth trust. Anything national is evil, and one doesn't have to repent of their errors in life because they get to relive their life in the next world.
As one who loves tales of the west, horses, romance, Ireland, and heroes, I was disappointed.

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FANTASTIC! 5 Stars all the way!

I listened to the audio version of this book. This book was simply incredible. Beautiful! It made me feel so much. Compassion, anger, regret and love are just a few of the feelings that overtook me as I read this book. The narration by Greg Patmore was perfect! The story is told from the standpoint of an old cowboy who is well into the last years of his life. He's gruff, he's in pain and he's pretty much alone. He's already lost so much in his life, but there are new threats that could take away all that he still holds dear. He gets help from unexpected sources--there are always more who care about us than we think. I challenge you not to shed a tear as you read this book. I was given a complimentary copy of this audio book. All thoughts are my own.

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Nicolas Sparks set in Montana

Very dramatic. Very soap-operaish. Clearly should be made into a movie. Hollywood would love this!! Me? Not so much. The horrible raspy voice of the lead character is HORRIBLE! Glad I only spent $1.98.

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The narrator is murdering the story!

The narration Is really bad! they miss pronounce towns and bring in southern drawll voices. I live in the northern plains. I know how people here speak and live. The author wasted his money on this narrator. sad that it so degrades the story and gives people from other areas a wrong view of the people of eastern Montana.

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Not what I thought it would be

I was expecting an Irish tale but to my dismay, it wasn't. The narrator did a wonderful job on the cowboy's voice. It reminded me of Clint Eastwood. It was a good story and I enjoyed it and was rooting for the hero all the way through.

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Narration doesn't jive with western/cowboy life

Good story, but didn't like the narration for this story. It needs a narrator with an actual Montana ranch dialect.

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For love of the land and FREEDOM

I laughed, I cried. and cheered. This was a book for people who know the feeling of loving the land, and the Freedom we should be able to enjoy in this great country. it is about friendship. honor loyalty and forgiveness. it is also about greed, justice and right and wrong. as well as the joy and heartache that life brings .

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So enjoyable!

Kept me captivated and always wanting to listen more! I cheered for the “villains” and cried for Hap and Shirley. Wonderful story!!! I want to see the movie!!!!

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great story...narrator?

really enjoyed the story and the characters. I felt the struggle of people and regret, of love and loss. Hap reminded me of people I know hard working, honest and a little crotchety. It was not as long as other audio books, I appreciated that. I had a little trouble with the narrator, had an accent that didnt match Montana and pronunciation of Helena was off, kind of like fingernails on a chalk board. But the story was good enough to over look it🤷‍♀️

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I enjoyed this book; however, the narrator should have familiarized himself with the correct pronunciation of words, e.g., rodeo, Helena, capillaries, and a few others. It was distracting.