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Morgan Kane 1: Without Mercy: Book 1 of 83 [Kindle Edition]

Louis Masterson
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Book Description

Morgan Kane:  Texas Ranger, unmatched gunslinger, cool poker hand, and hot-blooded lover of women.  At the tender age of 16, he avenged the murders of his parents.  Ever since, he's lived by one code: kill or be killed. 

Kane is unpredictable, impulsive, and reckless, but Major Monroe of the Rangers puts up with his drinking, his violence, and his erratic work ethic - because his skills as a gunman outweigh his vices. 

Without Mercy begins with a poker game. Kane is a born gambler: he can't resist a big pot. Con men lure him into a trap, using a ravishing seductress, Allison MacKay, as the bait. Her beauty proves too tempting.  Kane falls into her clutches.

He's shot, thrown from a train, and left for dead.  Big mistake.  As Kane himself said, "When you shoot a man, you better make sure he's dead."

A star-shaped scar will forever mark his right hand, a scar to match the Ranger’s star he carries.  But that's Kane's gun hand.  The gun hand of a Ranger is the difference between life and death—are you faster than the man shooting at you?

The stakes are high this time. 

Kane is gambling with his life.

Can he survive?

From Louis Masterson’s epic Morgan Kane series, Without Mercy is a wild ride and a gripping introduction to a riveting anti-hero.


This is book number 1 of 83 in the best-selling Morgan Kane series.


Editorial Reviews

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This book tells how Kane came by the scar on the back of his hand and why he has two fingers bound together. It is also a study in fear - fear that Kane won't be able to use his gun-hand again, this fear keeping him from returning to his job as a Texas Ranger. It's emotions like this that I feel is one of Louis Masterson's strong points, something he writes so well, puts over in words that strike a lasting chord within the reader.

Fear isn't the only emotional theme Masterson puts Kane through. The events that trigger this lead to a strong need for revenge. Masterson also vividly describes animal magnetism, strong desires between Kane and a number of different women - desires that Kane struggles to keep in check.

The book also introduces us to Charlie Katz, another Texas Ranger who often partners Kane, and through memories of his, and Kane's, we discover little snippets about previous cases they worked on, assignments that helped shape Kane into the man he is in the opening scenes of this very fast moving story.

The final, desperate gunfight closes the book extremely well, and leaves this reader hungry for more. -Western Fiction Review

About the Author

Louis Masterson (AKA: Kjell Hallbing), is a Norwegian author who between 1966-1985 wrote the hugely popular Morgan Kane series of western novels - a series of books about the fictitious Texas Ranger (later U.S. Marshal) Morgan Kane taking place in the 19th century. The 83 Morgan Kane books have so far sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He has also written another nine-book series known as the Diablo- and Diablito books, also featuring Morgan Kane.

Earlier in his career, Masterson, used the pseudonyms Ward Cameron, Leo Manning, Lee Morgan and Colin Hawkins. His debut "Ubåt-kontakt" was released in 1961, written under his real name, Kjell Hallbing. The same year he released his first book set in the old West, "Portrett av en revolvermann" ("Portrait of a gunslinger").

In addition Louis Masterson was an eager weapon collector, resulting in his collection being one of the biggest privately owned weapon collections in Norway at the time of his death. He also owned a little house at Bolkesjø, where he wrote most of the books in the Morgan Kane series.

Other "heroes" Hallbing/Masterson wrote about, were Jesse Rawlins, Owen Metzgar and Clay Allison.

Before he started to write full-time in 1969, Hallbing worked as a bank employee.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4419 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Publisher: WR Publishing; 2.0 edition (December 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064GMRSW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild Wild West by a brilliant brilliant author January 31, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
It is hard for me to believe that such a magnificent author has escaped me for so long: I read at least a book per day and I am getting very very old... It only shows you that we should never judge the books by the genre. Typically I never put much faith in the literary qualities of books on Billy the Kid or the Texas Rangers. How wrong I was!
Without Mercy is delightfully crafted. On the surface, it is the story of the revenge of a Texas Ranger on people who tried to humiliate him before they left him for dead. On the way, you are first repulsed by the man (a killer, a drunk, a gambler), and then you slowly change your mind as you understand him better. The hero is changing too, in many subtle ways. The psychology is impeccable, but it comes all in impressionist brushes, it does not change the rhythm of the action.
One of the things I like best is the way the hero and the women he meets understand each other. I used to think that desire is always obvious to both partners before any exchange of words, but very few authors use their knowledge of silent communication. The last author I read who knew how to describe these sudden and deep understandings was Jorge Semprun (for instance in The Second Death of Ramon Mercader) and before that....Stendhal (The Red and the Black). It is really rare.
As for the general tone and quality of content, it reminds me of one of my favorite mystery writers: John D. MacDonald.
Masterson (Kjell Hallbing) was born in 1934, one generation later than MacDonald (1916).
This book could easily turn into a great movie: the book is already very visual. I just hope it won't lose any of the author's wit and depth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine introduction to the Moragn Kane series . . . . . December 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Morgan Kane: Without Mercy by Louis Masterson
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4/5

Morgan Kane is all man: he is tough and rugged, worldly and wise, and, both a lover and a fighter. Kane loves his whisky as much as he loves his women, he is an accomplished poker player, can spot a cheat a mile away, believes wholeheartedly in justice, is quick with a revolver and, is absolutely dedicated to his job as a Texas Ranger. For thirty plus years, simple living, travel, and dedication to his work have been all that Morgan Kane needs. Oh sure, there have been a bevy of beauties to warm his bed but none he cared to stick around for. And while he down his fair share of alcohol and has won and lost at the poker table, he has never had a gambling or drinking problem.

Then there is the night that everything in Kane’s world begins to unravel: he loses roughly twenty grand at the poker table, he wasn’t able to spot the very cleverly hidden cheat, he got blind drunk and woke up the next morning with a splitting headache and a ticket to Fort Worth. Still puzzling over the previous nights’ events, Kane boards the train only to find himself seated across from a beautiful woman who seems nothing but interested in him. Seemingly, things are looking up until the moment Kane finds himself jumped from behind by three men who shoot him, more than once and throw him over the side of the train.

Left for dead, Kane is certain his life will never be the same. He has a gaping wound in his side, his shooting hand has been obliterated and he is pretty sure he was meant to die. While he is (mostly) certain of all those things, he is at all certain about the who or the why of the affair. And that, is reason enough to live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Morgan Kane: Without Mercy December 11, 2013
By Celeste
Format:Kindle Edition
Morgan Kane: Without Mercy is an old time western with a gritty hero that is attacked, thrown from the train, left for dead but survives to track the four guys and one lady that did this to him. Sometimes you like him and sometimes you don't but the story is worth reading if you like a good western.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Will be reading more of Morgan Kane. December 2, 2013
By megan
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This book was a thrilling and refreshing read. I don't typically read this genre, but I found myself wrapped up in the vivid characters and wanting to see what would happen next. It almost immediately began with action that was carried with gripping tension throughout. Morgan Kane was a grittily handsome Texas Ranger with a desire for whisky, gambling, and women, but he was far from a one-dimensional tough guy. He was equally complex as he was compelling.

Kane was ardently devoted to his career, but revenge was his mission when his life was suddenly turned upside down. He was heroic, yet very human. Kane could be stoic or assertive, but his emotional and compassionate qualities were just as evident. This was especially visible in his engaging interactions with the deceitful, but beautiful Allison McKay, cunning Troy Duncan, and buoyant Linda Swift. I found myself so absorbed in the adventure that I finished it in one sitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Was Looking For. December 1, 2013
By Justin
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I have never read an action/adventure quite like this one. I am always looking for something a bit outside the box and Morgan Kane rocked it.

I think it is best described as an action novel full of lust, romance, violence, plus some good ol' fashioned vengeance. The plot sucks you in and does not let go until the very end.

If you are like me you will love the adventures of Texas Ranger and sharp-shooter, Morgan Kane, in his quest to seek justice from the motley crew of hustlers led by Troy Duncan.

This is exactly what I needed to restore my faith in books that can get me excited.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Western
I grew up watching westerns on television. I can honestly say that this is the first western novel I’d ever read. It took me back many years. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandra K. Stiles
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
A calssic. Wish more Morgan Kane was available. A gritty western about a classic antihero / gambler / womanizer / killer with a Mashals star
Published 8 months ago by Christer Berentsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading
Morgan Kane Without Mercy is a fun read and pure escapism from the daily grind. I really enjoyed the character of Morgan Kane. Read more
Published 9 months ago by LAS Reviewer
2.0 out of 5 stars The kind of book I picked up at the RV park when travelling with my...
I was asked to read and review this copy and received a free copy in order to do so so I feel obligated to review it even though I don't have strong emotions about it either way. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kiki Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Poorly Written
I was given this book and asked to review it.

I enjoyed the story, but the punctuation mistakes, grammatical errors, and lack of variety in sentence structure take away... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mary Beth Fields
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and well-written story.
This story is written as a traditional American Western: A tough main character, romance, gambling and violence. I could easily picture a young John Wayne in the Kane role. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Debra Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it.
I'm not a big western fan, but this book may change that. Lots of action, a gritty hero, and a fast moving story made this a quick and enjoyable read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Ballister
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, quick, old Western read - I think it is more a 3.5
The Amazon 4 star rating is: I like it.
The Amazon 3 star rating is: It's okay.
I am torn between the two. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MauryaL
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid and fun pulp western
Your enjoyment of Without Mercy will probably vary in direct proportion to how much you love classic Westerns - indeed, if you're a fan of authors like Louis L' Amour, you're... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Josh Mauthe
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb and highly recommended!
I watched a lot of western television shows and movies growing up because that is what my dad liked to watch. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
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Louis Masterson (AKA: Kjell Hallbing), is a Norwegian author who between 1966-1985 wrote the hugely popular Morgan Kane series of western novels - a series of books about the fictitious Texas Ranger (later U.S. Marshal) Morgan Kane taking place in the 19th century. The 83 Morgan Kane books have so far sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He has also written another nine-book series known as the Diablo- and Diablito books, also featuring Morgan Kane.

Earlier in his career, Masterson, used the pseudonyms Ward Cameron, Leo Manning, Lee Morgan and Colin Hawkins. His debut "Ubåt-kontakt" was released in 1961, written under his real name, Kjell Hallbing. The same year he released his first book set in the old West, "Portrett av en revolvermann" ("Portrait of a gunslinger").

In addition Louis Masterson was an eager weapon collector, resulting in his collection being one of the biggest privately owned weapon collections in Norway at the time of his death. He also owned a little house at Bolkesjø, where he wrote most of the books in the Morgan Kane series.

Other "heroes" Hallbing/Masterson wrote about, were Jesse Rawlins, Owen Metzgar and Clay Allison.

Before he started to write full-time in 1969, Hallbing worked as a bank employee.

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