One Ranger

  • by H. Joaquin Jackson, David Marion Wilkinson
  • Narrated by Rex Linn
  • 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly, Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers. Nick Nolte modeled his character on him in the movie Extreme Prejudice. Jackson even had a speaking part of his own in The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones. But the role that Jackson has always played the best is that of the man who wears the silver badge cut from a Mexican cinco peso coin, a working Texas Ranger.Legend says that one Ranger is all it takes to put down lawlessness and restore the peace: one riot, one Ranger. In this adventure-filled memoir, Joaquin Jackson recalls what it was like to be the Ranger who responded when riots threatened, violence erupted, and criminals needed to be brought to justice across a wide swath of the Texas-Mexico border from 1966 to 1993.


What the Critics Say

"Joaquin Jackson's frank and colorful account of his long career as a modern-day Texas Ranger thrills like an action novel....I could hardly put the book down....The writing is superb." (Elmer Kelton, award-winning author of The Good Old Boys)


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This is a memoir of H. Joaquin Jackson, Texas Ranger. It is a collection of stories and recollections about his career as a Ranger. The book is entertaining, humorous, exciting, and heartbreaking Texana. It traces a career spanning several decades of Texas/Mexican conflict, changing mores and political realities and much technological advances in law enforcement. It would be interesting to hear what Ranger Jackson would have said in his own words, but his co-author, David Wilkinson, makes the prose sing. Perhaps the reader catches most clearly Ranger Jackson’s true voice in the chapter on his son who is serving a life sentence in prison. This is a man-book. The reading of Rex Linn is superb.
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- Roy


I am a native South Texan, so part of my enjoyment for this book was the local flavor. With that disclaimer out of the way, I am going to ask my wife (a native New Yorker) to read this book. Then, I know, she will finally understand this culture. I have never come across a piece of prose that so poignantly describes what it means to be connected to the places and people of the Texas borderlands. The authors do an amazing job of capturing the Texas mystique. In the case of South Texas, what they capture of the deep ethnic identify shared by that special mixture of people from Mexican and European roots. The story has an ethos both deep and disturbingly dark. The world of Joaquin Jackson during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s was a mean place filled with mean and sometimes sadistic people. It was a world where One Ranger really could make a difference. A riveting read. I hope he shares more of these classic tales in the future.
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- stpal001

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.