- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3995 KB
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Publisher: Speaking Volumes (25 April 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ESCN8T0
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #943,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Rattlesnake Season (Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Sweazy's rich, engrossing tale involves the reemergence of a man pummeled by adversity, but who rises again and again, squaring his shoulders and doing what needs to be done. In lesser hands such a protagonist could slip into heroic parody, but here these admirable character traits are rendered with care and realism.
There are very few new novels that offer the bold sense of an epic while keeping readers turning the pages, but this one does. This is a book to give to a friend who says, "I haven't read a Western in a while. What do you recommend?" You'll be handing them the first book in a series that has all the earmarks of a classic.
I look forward to the coming books in this series about Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger, by this seasoned writer who, if The Rattlesnake Season is any indication, will give us years of reading pleasure.
The story of a Texas Ranger, escorting a criminal back to trial, is pretty good. There were times when I really wanted to strangle the person who wrote the back cover 'blurb', as that does not really do the book justice. There is more than just the escorting part, and the escorting part falls apart quite rapidly.
The editing of the book was really good for the first half, then kind of fell apart in the last half of the book. I was disappointed in the editing, but that can be fixed in future printings!
This book probably would have been a five-star rating for me, EXCEPT for the ending of the book. Building up to the climax was very good. The climax of the book was quite a let down for me, and that might be the way that Westerns are done, but it didn't 'feel right' to me!
Mr. Sweazy has a contract for three more books in this series, and I can't wait for the next one.
Sweazy has given readers a wonderful portrait of a lawman in the old West. Josiah has depth to him, more than one might expect from a lawman back in those days. There is another book in the works; look for THE SCORPION TRAIL if you enjoyed this very-well written western.
I won't recount the plot since that has already been done in the previous two reviews. I will however, tell you how impressed I was by the story that Mr. Sweazy has penned and how convinced I am that Rattlesnake Season is the heralding of a new voice in the western genre.
Rattlesnake Season is a story that is told with grit and a sense of place and time that is all too often lacking in many recently published western novels. This author has done his research - and it shows. Seldom do I read a novel anymore - and even less so is this true of many western novels - where I can feel the author's passion for his story as well as for his craft. I suspect that Mr. Sweazy will find his audience far sooner than any of us would suspect and that they will remain with him for a long and productive career.
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