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The Legend of Burroughs' Rangers Paperback – November 2, 2012
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About the Author
JA Bland was born in coastal Southern California in 1955, the middle child of seven siblings. He spent his early years in the South Western United States. His father was raised on a farm in rural Horry County, South Carolina while his mother was born in Oregon and raised in California. After recovering from a near fatal accident at the age of 15, he began traveling the country. Either by foot, hitchhiking or jumping freight trains; the sights and sounds, and the aroma of the land and its people are forever embedded in his soul. For many years he cataloged his experiences, always with the intention of writing about them. Drawing on that beginning, the desire to write began to grow early on. A voracious reader at an early age, he devoured the works of Poe, Kipling and Tolkien, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Louis L’Amour. He studied the philosophy of Plutarch and Socrates, Epicurus and Marcus Aurelius, and the lessons of Sun Tzu and Niccolò Machiavelli, modeling himself after characters of strength and compassion. Proving his mettle as a paratrooper in the US Army at the age of 18, he carries that esprit de corps with him today. As a soldier he learned to understand the ethics of leadership and the strength of team work, ever in the support of the underdog and stepping in to help those in need. He imbues those traits into the characters of whom he writes. With paternal roots in the Deep South and maternal roots in the Northwest, he is truly a man of the country. During brief sojourns to family farms in the south he developed a deep love of the land and an understanding of stewardship of the earth, adapting many southern mannerisms of his father, uncles and grandfather. Having traveled nearly all of the lower 48 states, Central America and parts of Europe, and having hung his hat in more than a dozen states, he now calls the Colorado Rocky Mountains his home. J.A. Bland writes of the places of his past, bringing them from the past and into the future with imagination, clear vision, compassion and a strong heart.
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Interesting story of an ex-Marine (Burroughs) who survives the initial surge of water and heads to the high ground. The people he meets along the way are all part of the camps he started and led....
Hector, a Chiricahua Native American Indian, takes Burroughs under his wing for protection...
The diction is superb in this book. Many laughs and tragedies.. I had to laugh when he was talking about a llama leading the way with a "nasty old Banty rooster, clinging to her back"! Anyone who has ever confronted a Banty can equate to this!!
I would describe the book as a post apocalyptic war story/cowboy novel. Lots of guns and shooting, which isn't my sort of thing, but the context was appropriate and the writer, thankfully, does not linger or indulge in graphic details. The development of the story was clearly very well thought out and the classic good guys/gals vs bad guys/gals always works a treat. I just hope that the hero manages to keep himself in one piece long enough to allow the author to create a book series, which in my view would translate fabulously into TV.
If you like fast paced adventures and war stories that focus more upon the characters than the gore and violence, you might just enjoy The Legend of Burroughs' Rangers.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, seeing as the author is not yet very well known. He has managed to weave a unique narrative in the wake of an extinction level event; combining well researched science, and edge of your seat wild west action.
I'm only docking one star from this review as I'd like to see further development of the characters and perhaps more back story and dialogue. There is a huge attention to detail in the plotting of events and I found myself a little confused at times. This being the author's first book, I'm sure he'll improve in the next one.
All of that aside, this apocalypse meets Louis L'amour thriller will appeal to readers of any kind. Mr. Bland, if this ever really happens, I'm looking you up dude, as you certainly know how to survive!
A natural cataclysm destroys the world and a remnant of mankind survives. One good man does what men with integrity do - what ever it takes to overcome.
I seek out authors that are able to develop characters and make me care about them. Bland creates a set of characters I grow to care for, to shout for, and cry for. If you like action, tension, bravery, the feel of camaraderie amongst the rubble of despair, then buy this book. I read it in one session late into the night.
So, how about it, Mr. Bland?
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Very good characterization. Continuous action with no lagging in story.
I hope to read more of this authors 'a book