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Comfortable in his new life in Deer Run, young Ruben Beeler is called away by Marshal Marion Daniels to help in an investigation of murder and mutilation north of St. Joe. That begins a search for killers and leads the men northward into unfamiliar territory, pitting them against a family of outlaws who have ruled Nodaway County since before the Civil War.
Push comes ta shove right smart, an' things git hot an' heavy quick, as even Rube, an' Marion, an' Homer, out numbered an' outgunned, take to the dodge. It comes to be some desperate for all of 'em afore they git off the Nodaway Trail.
©2012 David R. Lewis (P)2013 David R. Lewis
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By Kathy on 09-07-16

The Gunsmith or the Mule? Gotta Love Them Both!

I cannot think of a more fun and enjoyable series. I am fixin' to listen to every one of them! And I do not say that lightly or for any other author or series.

Lewis narrates his own books, at least in this series he does. Nobody could do it better than he does. And I do not say that lightly, either.

Start with Book 1, Deer Run Trail. See my review of it on June 27, 2016. This one, The Nodaway Trail, Book 2, is just as good, maybe even a tad better. They are all back--young Reuben, Marion, and Homer. Don't forget Reuben's sweetheart, Harmony. Add a full cast of good guys and bad guys. Add another "trail trip", with lots of laughs, shoot-em-ups, taking care of business (both kinds), lots of bacon, biscuits, and beans, the two Arlisses (the gunsmith AND the mule), and you will have a listening experience that can't be surpassed. Trust me!

You owe it to yourself to try this series. If you have any sense of humor at all and you enjoy being entertained by audiobooks, this series can't be beat (in my humble opinion.) You don't have to be a fan of westerns, you just need to be a little fun-loving or adventurous.

Not for the pure of language or for those who hate swearing of any kind, even the smallest bit.

I give this series, at least Books 1 and 2, my highest recommendation. C'mon, you gotta have some fun once in a while!

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By will on 09-17-14

As good an audiobook as you can find

Would you consider the audio edition of Nodaway Trail to be better than the print version?

Audio - having the author read brings the characters to life exactly how their meant to be. Lewis has great vocal range and delivery. Better than any reading I've heard and that's after listening to all the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Millennium trilogy and countless other books.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed plenty, maybe cheered some when alone in the car...

Any additional comments?

Lewis' Trail series are the only books I'll listen to over and over. And all my friends who've listened to them do the same thing... The stories have a great flow, no dragging on at any point and develop highly relatable characters. They're tough people in a hard era of life in a relatively young and unsettled American midwest. If you have a problem with the OCCASIONAL swear word, go read/listen to children's books. If you want great stories that depict life in the wilds of Missouri as it really was and how it really sounded, these books are unparalleled.

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By Suzette James on 07-03-17

Most enjoyable

Listened to two in this series so far and can't wait for the next one. The interaction between characters, the humour, the story line and the narrator are truely superior. Haven't been so well entertained and look forward to the rest of this series and other books from this author.

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