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Hangrope Law (Rancho Diablo Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Length: 116 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Series: Rancho Diablo (Book 2)

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About the Author

A lifelong Texan, James Reasoner writing as Colby Jackson has been a professional writer for more than thirty years. In that time, he has authored several hundred novels and short stories in numerous genres. Best known for his Westerns, historical novels, and war novels, he is also the author of two mystery novels that have achieved cult classic status, TEXAS WIND and DUST DEVILS. Writing under his own name and various pseudonyms, his novels have garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as appearing on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He lives in a small town in Texas with his wife, award-winning fellow author Livia J.(L.J.) Washburn.

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  • File Size: 1754 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Publisher: The Book Place (December 16, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 16, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKMIZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nik Morton on May 20, 2011
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This novel begins with a brave and bold move - the prose reads like a dime western novel of the late 1800s. No worries, though, two pages in and it's obvious that sixteen-year-old Titus Blaylock was dreaming of adventures, rather than living them. Nicely done, that. And of course it isn't long before Titus is thrust into a real adventure, where lives are at stake.

There are two other Blaylock children: Miriam and younger Elijah. At fifteen, Miriam's typically a bit of a tomboy, and wore trousers `something else that scandalized folks along with her occasionally salty language.'

Sam and Jenny are the long-suffering parents of this brood. Loving and doting, yet firm too. When Titus and Miriam chase off some varmints who were after an old guy called Orion Pike, Sam's proud of them while wanting to ground them for leaving their spread, the Rancho Diablo.

Orion Pike brings back Sam's memories of his own childhood, when he'd briefly ridden with this man. Now, Pike seemed to have brought trouble down on his land and his family. Yet, Sam owes his life to Pike. Against his better judgement, he harbours the old fella. Trouble - and an unsavoury US Marshal - hover with ill intent.

The first in a series, this is a fast-paced credible story about the past returning to blight the present. All the characters are well drawn and there are lashings of suspense, action, humour and emotion to move everything along. I finished the book wanting to know more about the Blaylock family - which is just fine, as there are at present two more Rancho Diablo books in my Kindle still to read!

Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Franklin D. Lincoln on January 18, 2011
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I've been waiting a long time for a traditional western series without graphic sex. This series has believable characters and reflects the values of America moving west. Again James Reasoner shows his talent for crafting a tight action packed plot and story. I gave it four stars only because the story is too short, though i wouldn't want any padding and James never does that. Hopefully a long line of episodes in this series can make up for the shortness. It's a great read and too soon over. Keep them coming James, Bill and Mel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Whipple on July 27, 2011
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Writing as Colby Jackson, James Reasoner spins another thoroughly believable story about Rancho Diablo and the family that calls it home. He brings in a nemesis from the past that Sam Blaylock feels obliged to take in. That's where the trouble begins.

Hangrope Law offers the speed and umph of Bonanza of TV fame. A family is merely trying to build themselves a life in the frontier of Texas, but the past catches up, and a shady lawman thickens the plot.

James always writes tightly and helps the reader visualize what's going on in the story. By the time you finish Hangrope Law, you'll know the Blaylocks well, and you'll be looking forward to more on how the Blaylocks won the west.

Highly recommended.

Chuck Tyrell, author of The Snake Den, Vulture Gold, and other westerns
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. gebert on November 23, 2011
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This is a great series,great story and a fast read.i really like the serial aspect of it,with a new one every few months.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale on January 12, 2012
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I went into this series not caring much for westerns but liking the authors. I was surprised how much I liked the first book, Shooters Cross, so I decided to get book 2. I think I like it even better than book one. I guess the reason is because I know the characters better now and more time could be spent on action and development rather than the introductions of the first book. Book 3 is next on my reading list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. KAPLAN on July 26, 2011
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The first Rancho Diablo book introduced the characters and setting for the series. This second short novel fleshes out the characters of rancher Sam Blaylock's family, who appeared only briefly in the first story. It also gives more insight into Sam's past, expanding on the hints from the first story of a more shady history. This is appreciated, because if there's one irritation with Sam's character, it's his expertise in everything, and his ability to succeed at everything he puts his hand to, whether it's geology, engineering, ranching, scouting, or fighting. There's nothing interesting about a perfect hero, so it's nice to see some cracks in Sam's character.

This story has some echoes of the classic western, Shane, as one of Sam's sons finds himself bonding with a shady gunfighter figure from Sam's past. While it's not an unfamiliar western motif, it does allow author James Reasoner (writing as Colby Jackson) to create some nice character moments.

Because of their length, the Rancho Diablo stories are perhaps more reminiscent of TV episodes than feature-length movies. The authors recognize that the shorter length doesn't lend itself to padded, overly-complicated stories, and Hangrope Law is no different. When the action comes, it's fast-paced and exciting, but not drawn out. Things come to a satisfying conclusion, but leave the reader looking forward to future installments in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Vaughan on July 26, 2011
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This is a pseudonomynous book by an author I have read before and for whom I have a lot of respect. Hangrope Law did not dissappoint me. With compelling characters and an intriguing plot, there is enough action and story development to please anyone. If you have a plane trip to take, or if you are just kicking back in your own living room, this is a great vehicle to "get away from it all" and visit an exciting part of the Old West of America.
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