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Jackson Speed In the Rush (The Jackson Speed Memoirs Book 6) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0725ZTYZ1
- Publication date : May 26, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2974 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 350 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1546956786
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #320,383 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Book Six in the series, "In the Rush" takes place immediately following Book One. Readers are excused for forgetting Jackson Speed has not yet led fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad or saved Lincoln as a Pinkerton Detective or fought for both sides in the Civil War. He has the self-assurance of one who has already done those things, and the only immaturity he shows is indecision, as he weighs 75% wanderlust against 25% homesickness.
Being without a plan leaves Speed open to opportunity, and he sees it when he receives early word of gold found in California. In his travels, he makes the acquaintance of people he can and cannot trust, and he has the knack of knowing which are which. To his peril, however, he seems to lack the knack for avoiding those he cannot trust.
Skillfully woven throughout is the grand story of the mid-nineteenth-century American West. The lawlessness, the slow pace of travel and communication, the freedom and the hard work all combine to build a nation. Peecher is a history professor by avocation if not vocation, and through the ruse of Speed's "memoirs" he brings the past to life so vividly trail dust shakes out from the pages into your lap, even if your New Orleans silver dollars are no good in gilded San Francisco.
Despite being on vacation on the beach, I ripped through "In the Rush" in mere hours. Like the earlier books in the series, this one is inviting, informative and damned funny. Jackson Speed is now firmly one of my favorite literary characters, and I hope there remain crates of his memoirs not yet edited by Robert Peecher.