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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

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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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This story seemed pieced together from other stories I have already read or listened to most of his books

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Smoke rides again

This must be one of the first books of the series. Great story about Smoke snd Preacher.

Miss Sally comes in to view as well.

And now for the rest of the stories.

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This book, like all the Jensen Series was an excellent read. I really like the way the Author continues to fold Preacher back into these novels.

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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 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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Excellent listen.

Simple. Heroic. Uncomplicated. But completely engaging.
Narration was excellent. I will listen to another by this author.

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This Violent land

This is another great book about Smoke. All this series is good this one is no exception. This book is full of action and adventure. It holds you attention. It sheds some insite on the early years when Smoke and Sally met. Jack Garrett does an excellent job narrating this book. If my review is any help will you please click on the helpful link below. Thank you

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great

just like every other smoke Jensen book. trouble..intrigue..ass kicking.. good wins over evil.. smoke is faster than everyone..and oh...this is the book that tells about his first wife n son amd how he hamdlea the dudes that killed her...so yea...hes a bad hombre here...he also meets sally in this one. typical smoke...typical awesome!