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Publisher's Summary

In this powerful new novel, William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone chronicle Smoke Jensen's early years, long before he became a legend.

Kirby - later Smoke - Jensen has just earned his first paying job as a deputy US marshal for the Colorado Territory and is sent to the lawless town of Las Animas. There he finds a sheriff too cowardly to face the outlaw leader Cole Dawson, whose six-gun has left a lot of good men dead.

Young Smoke feels no such fear. He takes Dawson down fast. Then the real fight begins. It turns out Dawson is only a cog in a crooked plot hatched by someone hiding behind the law. For a young deputy marshal, going up against the powerful and corrupt is almost certainly a fool's mission, but doing nothing is not a choice. When Smoke strikes, he's in all the bloody way, and what follows will become the stuff of legend.

Braving bullets, blood, and treachery to face down the most dangerous outlaw in Colorado Territory, Smoke will earn a reputation for justice and the rule of law in a wild, violent frontier.

©2015 J.A. Johnstone (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Not that much new

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, almost a complete copy of "Smoke Jensen, the Beginning"

What could William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made it into one book.

Which character – as performed by Jack Garrett – was your favorite?

I like Jack Garrett, they were all good

Was This Violent Land worth the listening time?

Not really as stated above and below

Any additional comments?

I buy series and try to listen to them in order. The last few chapters of this book should have been added to the end of "Smoke Jensen, the Beginning". The only real difference between these two books is the beginning and end and about one year in release dates. The middle of the books are almost exactly the same. Waste of money or credits for these book.

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my first download

this is !y frist time on Audible. Thus is a great book Iove. Johnstone westerns

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great book

I like this book from the start to finish I like it when the main character smoke Jensen is the toughest guy in the book and not always winning by accident like another books

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Great story. keept me engaged throughout.

Jack Garrett does a great performance with a western story that kept mne engaged throughout.

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I hope this series continues....

The Johnstone's have written a great second book in the Stone Jensen series, I hope it will not be the last. I highly recommend this book and series to fans of "Old West" novels.

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Good Story

Good story but very drawn out. Incorrect pistols being used for time period. Writer should check his firearms history better, much better!

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great,story

Can't wait to download the next in the series, The storyline is great and the narration is awesome thank you For sharing this title

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this was an amazing book

I will definitely be buying the hard back for my collection. I can't wait to read the next book. :)

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This violent land

Great book! Couldn't put it down! Outstanding!
What else can I tell you? Good book

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  • Robert
  • Sparks, NV, United States
  • 10-08-16

Best in series

This book ties the whole series together. Loved every chapter, and every character, and all the twists and turns.

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