- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: The Hutchinson Group LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: August 24, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014I5MLB8
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Strong Convictions: Emmett Strong Westerns Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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My dad is a huge western fan, and because those books were always around in a time when cable, internet and gaming systems were not, I read lots of great westerns as a kid. It’s hard to find contemporary writers of classic style westerns that live up to the hope of those memories. G.P. Hutchinson does, and I’m looking forward to more. I loved every page.
I found great depth in the character of Emmitt Strong, as his inner emotional and outer physical enemies both tried to destroy his will. And I was reminded of how facing either one builds strength to face the other.
I’m hooked and ready for more!
Set in the old west (Texas, Nevada and California) in 1876. The descriptions of the countryside and small towns are very credible. As you read these scenes, it is easy to be transported there.
I liked the way Hutchinson opens with the backdrop story with the male protagonist’s, Emmett Strong) sad tale of the death of his wife who is shoved into the line of fire during a shootout. Such a traumatic event catapults our protagonist into a life of mere existence. It takes another traumatic event (the murder of his brother) to give him a sense of purpose—seeking justice.
Hutchinson’s characters are well developed and multi-dimensional making them very credible. He pays equal attention to the antagonists as well. They are so believable that is easy for the reader to not like them. He uses these characters to move his plot line along and does a decent job dealing with the concept of human trafficking. He uses the kidnapping of Chinese girls who appear to be destined to the bordellos in the mining towns of Nevada and a life of slavery.
The concept of inter-relational relationships is introduced when our hero meets and is smitten with Li Xu, the daughter of a Chinese immigrant and restaurant owner. Through these scenes the readers get a glimpse of what life was like for Chinese immigrants in the Old West. Despite the harsh conditions and bigotry, these immigrants manage to carve out a life for themselves and grab hold of part of the American Dream. Hutchinson presents a riveting Western that is a clean romance. I definitely recommend this book to all Western fans
The Ranger always protects those who need his help and wins the heart of the damsel in distress. I'm so happy to have received an email with the link to this book. Having grown up reading Zane Grey and Louie Lamore and watching Death Valley Days, John Wayne, and Randolph Scott and The Cisco Kid, it's good to know good can still win. I'm happy to be able to again read about the days when right was right and bad always lost.