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Mobley's Law, A Mobley Meadows Novel [Kindle Edition]

Gerald Lane Summers , Lesley K. Payne
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Book Description

Federal Governor, Edmund Jackson Davis, has ruled Texas with an iron fist since the end of the Civil War, but must now stand for election against a majority of citizens made up of ex-confederate sympathizers and soldiers. President Grant appoints Judge Mobley Meadows to the Texas Federal Circuit Court and charges him with preventing the situation from getting out of hand. Davis quickly realizes that Mobley is a threat when he overturns the Governor’s land reappraisal decree, a source of graft for Davis’s supporters, and sends his personal assassin to get rid of Mobley.

Mobley and his two deputy marshals, Edson Rabb, a handsome Cherokee Indian, and Jack Anthony Lopes, the illegitimate son of General Santa Ana and the English Lady Madeleine Smythe, are repeatedly attacked on their journey from Waco to Austin. They know Davis is behind the attacks, but they cannot make a case against him.

Davis loses the election by a majority of two to one, but arranges for his personally appointed state Supreme Court to overturn the election on a technicality involving a single misplaced semi-colon in the new Texas constitution. He then refuses to leave office or to participate in a trial in Mobley’s court.

Davis’s opponent, Richard Coke, does not accept this decision and with his supporters storms the state administrative building in Austin. Davis’s forces counterattack and manage to take back the first floor of the building. A standoff then prevails that can only be resolved by the action of President Grant. Mobley suggests a course of action to the president, that in the end works, but not without Mobley having to compromise his beliefs, his sense of honor, and everything he thinks he stands for.

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About the Author

Gerald Lane Summers is a retired lawyer, writer, and teacher with over thirty years service within the justice system of California. His work as a police officer, probation officer, juvenile court referee, historian and writing instructor  have uniquely qualified him to write about the West and its characters. He is now writing full time. Mobley's Law, A Mobley Meadows Novel, is his first book.

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  • File Size: 872 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Lane Summers; 1 edition (July 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C446J6
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Amazing Book! September 5, 2011
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If an accomplished author of 20, 30, or 50 books had written Mobley's Law, I would have said, "well done!" For Gerald Summers to have written this as his first book is amazing.

Summers' publisher compares Mobley's Law to Lonesome Dove. If they are off, it's not by much. This is a wonderful story, mostly fictional yet full of historical events, characters and interesting factual descriptions and details of things as they existed in the story's time period. For the most part, the story is believable. The characters are brought to life as persons who might have existed. All are interesting beyond description.

This is a great read. If you like modern non-traditional westerns, you are in for a treat. If you simply like a good story, I cannot imagine you not liking this one.

Lastly, I would be surprised to learn the last names of the heroine and hero were chosen by coincidence and not by the author's furtive sense of humor. Sweetgrass and Meadows? I am surprised the ending wasn't that they married, started a horse ranch, named it Sweetgrass Meadows, and lived happily ever after.

What a treat this book is!

A job well done, Mr. Summers!"
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!! September 4, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have to admit, I don't usually read Westerns, but I really loved reading this one. Gerald Summers has a natural talent for painting a picture with words. My favorite character was actually Jack Anthony Lopes! I enjoyed Summer's grasp of the law and his ability to make it interesting and easy to follow throughout the book. I also got quite a good chuckle many times while reading this book. I very much look forward to the sequel. Great Job!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brother Speaks January 22, 2012
Reviewed by Byron Summers

At first I was hesitant to post a review as Jerry is my brother. But my wife and I had followed Jerry's development of Mobley Meadows from the start and we believe our perspective would interest some readers.

We had no idea that Jerry had the talents he displayed when he shared with us his first draft. We were awestruck. And it continued to impress us through a number of iterations while he was looking for a publisher. Now, the final product is, well, just marvelous

In this story, Jerry posits a circuit Judge, appointed by President Grant, who encounters characters of all sorts in his efforts to bring some semblance of law and order to Texas just after the Civil War. That might sound familiar to avid fans of Western novels, but Jerry spins a riveting tale, with delightful dialogue, character development, and scene descriptions that are truly memorable.

Everyone to whom I have recommended this book has thoroughly enjoyed it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read July 24, 2013
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I enjoyed this book very much, but I would have enjoyed it more if the sexually explicit scenes had been omitted. They added nothing to the story. Suggestions of intimacy are much more appreciated rather than vulgar descriptions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Western Basics August 11, 2011
By K-K-Ken
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As a 'boomer' I grew up with western movies, novels, and television series. Mobley's Law rushes you back to the days when it was fun to cheer for the Western Hero. In the story of Mobley, Summers has created a character combination of 'John Wayne' in True Grit and Paul Newman in 'The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean'.

Action starts on the first page and continues throught the novel. Mobley always managies to get the job done in true western fashion and shows us how to be tough and humorous at the same time.

I can't wait until the next Mobley's Law novel is available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mobley's Law December 27, 2013
This is a great book! Wonderful character descriptions, a good grounding in the establishment of law in the Wild West, and a cleaning up of government corruption that is exemplary. Refreshing! The plot is interesting, the land is unspoiled, the interactions with Mexicans, Cherokee, Indians and "Europeans" is fascinating. I learned an awful lot I didn't know about Texas and its early history. Mobley Meadows is a sterling, though not entirely flawless judge, who is adventurous, holds court spontaneously and wherever its needed--on the plains, on folks' front porches, and in buildings when they are available. Jerry has a great sense of humor, a great sense of justice and fairness, and uses rollicking good country expressions that are always fresh. His two deputies are as interesting and fun as Mobley is. You just never know what's around the corner in this story, so ya just have to keep turning pages. For a first novel, it is a fantastic effort! I looked forward to reading his second book "Curses," which I read on the heels of the first and found it to be even better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bat's Review August 11, 2011
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A great deal of fun. I very much enjoyed the book. A good fictional account of the era in Texas after the civil war.
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good -story. Sex scenes were degrading. December 12, 2012
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This was a good western tale of men who tried to reenact change in Texas after the Civil War. Appointed as US Federal Court Circuit Judge by President Grant, Mobley used his size and wisdom to civilize Texas injustices. His encounter with Comancheros then with a rancher and his men gave him the opportunity of hiring his first two deputies.
The writing was good and the story was OK but men with integrity,in that time period,wouldn't disgrace decent women, nor would decent women so freely offer themselves.
The ending of the tale left a lot to be desired.
It would have been enjoyable writing had not all the uncalled for and unrealistic sex scenes been thrown in. (They did appear thrown in.)Good story - could have done without sex scenes. Women are good for a lot more than that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars History
A romp thru the history of Texas and our country's reconstruction history. Made me want to research the facts to see how much literary license the author took.
Published 4 months ago by Philip L. Eads
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a fantastic, intelligent read
It is a fantastic, intelligent read. Author's description about the places and events make you feel that you are indeed living in a same time (era) and physically witnessing the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by shahhurley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. I read on my Kindle Fire. Held my attention!
Published 5 months ago by Glenda L. Pounds
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Book sometimes hard to follow
Published 5 months ago by Michael Springer
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I'm a reader!
I had never been one who reads a lot of books. However, when I started reading Mobley's Law, I could not put it down. I finished it in short order. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James C Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope this one becomes a movie!
Mobley's Law is such fun that I want to see the movie some day.
Gerald Summers word pictures were vivid in my mind throughout the entire book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lauryl Driscoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Enjoyed reading about Texas law ....albeit historical fiction. Can't wait to read more about the Judge's adventures. Highly recommend it...
Published 7 months ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Doug Pifer
Well written and entertaining read. I love mixing real history with fictional characters. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Published 7 months ago by Doug
4.0 out of 5 stars an easy read and easy to follow
A very different way to look at Texas in the 1870's, an easy read and easy to follow.
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More About the Author

Gerald Lane Summers is a retired lawyer, writer, and teacher with over thirty years service within the justice system of California. His work as a police officer, probation officer, juvenile court referee, historian and writing instructor have uniquely qualified him to write about the old west, police work and the justice system in general. "The ACCIDENTAL COP" is his third novel. His fourth, "Charming Billy," released in April, 2015, is an historical romance about Billy Brand, VC who fought as a Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain and suffers from PTSD. He returns to Britain to face his demons and reestablish his relationship with Countess Moira Sinclair-Lewis.

Both of Mr. Summers' first two books, historically based western action adventures, have received high ratings by reviewers averaging 4.4 to 4.7 stars.

They are: "Mobley's Law," and "Curses," both Mobley Meadows novels. The third and final book in this triolgy will be available in 2014.

The ACCIDENTAL COP, now in second edition, was originally released in February, 2014. It is based broadly on Mr. Summers early police career. He holds the record for wrecked patrol cars in one year at the El Cajon Police Dept. His work as a probation officer and subsequent studies of law and psychology provided him with the expertise to write about the current rash of clerical molestation cases.

A short synopsis of The Accidental Cop follows:

San Diego Detective Sergeant Ben Colder, known as "Choo choo," for running his patrol car into a parked train and wrecking three others in one year, is assigned to investigate the twelve year old murder of a child found in the roots of a tree at the San Diego Mission de Alcala. When his team discovers the murder was the first of many across the nation by a serial killer associated with the Catholic Church, they find themselves being stalked by special operations teams determined to protect the church from scandal.

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