The Lone Ranger: Vendetta
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2012
This book is amazing. Simply amazing. Long-time Lone Ranger fans will appreciate that Mr. Hopkins keeps the characters intact here, while putting a more adult spin on the legend. This is what the movie should be like. Sadly, Howard is no longer with us, but this book is, arguably, his crowning achievement in his excellent body of work. I encourage anyone who loves a good Western and the character of The Lone Ranger to go purchase this book immediately!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2012
I can't say enough good about Howard Hopkins' writing, and this novel in particular exemplifies all the best traits his vast body of work possesses. VENDETTA is short, sweet, and action-packed--in brief, everything a novel of adventure should be. Moonstone is to be commended for debuting its new line of tight, action-oriented novels with this, one of the last works by the late Howard Hopkins. He was a fantastic writer who left us too soon, but who left behind a wealth of wonderful works.

If you're a fan of the Lone Ranger, of action, of great storytelling, and of great writing, this book won't let you down. Five silver bullets!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2012
This book was amazing! An earlier review described the tone of this story very well, so I won't belabor the point here. Suffice it to say that the tone works extremely well. Now, die-hard fans might be bothered by the fact that Tonto doesn't speak in broken English, but I personally think I would've been more bothered if he had. It may be true to the source material, but it has such negative overtones that it would have been a distraction. I read that this was supposed to be the first in a series of Lone Ranger novels. It's a shame that will not come to pass. It makes Mr. Hopkins's already-tragic death even more tragic. Any and every Lone Ranger fan owes it to themselves to pick this book up. Hiyo, Silver! Away!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
Got this book as a Christmas (2012) present and once I started, was surprised when I reached the end because it was such a fast-paced adventure.
Someone from the Lone Ranger's past is threatening his future by killing the few who truly know the man behind the mask.
The only clues the Ranger and Tonto have are a copper bullet and a trail of bodies that leads to Bryant's Gap, where the man he was died and the masked rider of the plains was born and might die again, after Tonto and the last living member of his family precede him to the grave.
Howard Hopkins was obviously a fan of the original radio and television programs, for I kept thinking of Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels throughout this adventure that should be considered canon, if it isn't already.
While sadly Howard Hopkins is no longer with us to write more Lone Ranger adventures, this book now has me on the trail of his long running western series for more good reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is full of adventure and a quick read. I hard a hard time in putting it down. I am hoping that they will write more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2013
Heard a lot of great things about the book so I took the plunge and, for the most part, liked it. Wanted to like it a lot more but the revelation of its antagonist and the wrap-up were both anti-climactic. Good, solid set-ups but falls down on the ultimate deliveries.

I will say this: despite the violence, sex and gore, the Lone Ranger himself stays true to the legend and walks away untarnished by Hopkins' desire to update the level of grit and grim reality of his surroundings. Tonto, too, comes off very well and this interpretation could in fact could be considered a positive advancement in the character.

Again, liked it; didn't love it. Would still recommend it, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The late Howard Hopkins pulled off a neat little trick with this short, but very good book. He successfully married the Brutal wild west of modern shows like 'Deadwood', with the classic heroism and style of the original Lone Ranger stories. Lots of people die in this book. and the villain is spectacularly nasty, but Hopkins nevertheless keeps faithful to the ideals of the Lone Ranger. Tonto is handled cleverly too, in that Hopkins offers us an explanation for his occasional use of the "dumb injun" mode of speech we all remember from the classic portrayals of the character.

It is such a tragedy that Howard Hopkins was taken from us so young.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2012
What a great book. It saddens me that Howard left this planet at such an early age. He was a gifted writer indeed. The book was tough to put down, so be ready once you pick it up to feel the same way. It holds true to the Lone Ranger legacy, but manages to be a little more mature and dark, especially with the villains. If you are a western fan and a Lone Ranger fan, this is a must read. I have never considered myself either, but as stated I could not put this one down, it has a great plot, and the action carries through the book in great fashion. The book is about the size of a digest and 124 pages, but wow, talk about great value for your money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
As you read through this short but entrertaining book, you will appreciate the little touches that try to make the character more appealing to a modern audience. It is a fairly good attempt at that but falls prey to the same trap all new TLR book do.

In an attempt to take away some of the straight shooter, super clean heroics of the original, the character becomes somewhat pointless to the story. I found myself at the end of the story asking what the Lone Ranger really did here and the answer is not much.

A pleasant read but unstaisfying to a true fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2014
As a huge LR fan, I was wondering if I would like this, especially after the dismal viewing of the recent Lone Ranger movie. This was a terrific read. I couldn't wait to finish it. It truly captures the spirit of the LR, a spirit that seems sadly lost on film makers. Can't wait for another addition...great stuff. Keep it coming!!!!!
JB
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