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This is not the usual books I have read, by the Johnstone Brothers, but I thought, why not give it a shot. They usually write stories about the Jensen Family. Just the same I am glad I did read it. Shawn O'Brien, a man everyone calls The Town Tamer, because he usually wounds up in towns taken over by outlaws, lawless, etc. Before he rides out all is well and everyone is back in a friendly and orderly town under the control of the Sherrif. One of his long time friends asks him to ride to a town called Broken Bridle, Texas and check on his Son. His Son was the Sherrif there and he was worried something may be not be right through their communications. Shawn and a friend, Hemp Sedley, (a Professional Gambler) ride out to check on the young man. Upon arrival the Sherrif is not cooperative and neither are the people he runs into. No one will talk. Shawn thinks something has the Sherrif and the whole town frightened and he begins to look around. He learns there's two men, both mean, vile and each has a group of hired guns. Both men have the same thing in mind, to take over the small town and control it. One man runs a protection racket and the businesses have to pay him or pay the price of no protection. Becker is his name and he also runs a con game from the Saloon on the side. The second man is a insane Psychiatrist, who was run out of Abaline because he had a 90% patient mortality rate. His name was Dr. Richard Clausen. When he arrived and ran into Becker he decided to hide out with his hired guns outside town in the mountains, called Rattle Snake Hills. He had a plan, but he had to get rid of Becker 1st. Shawn gets involved in between these two men. They both have a reason to want to control this town. The best part of this story, in addition to all the action that is packed into it is the climax. I must say I was totally supprised how it ended and never saw it comming. I felt like I was emerged right in the town of Broken Bridle and didn't want to put the book away. This was not a town that needed taming, but Shawn had his hands full up until the end. I recommend this book to midteens and up, because of the violence. Before I go. This was a excellent story and I will buy more books on Shawn O'Brien, by the Johnstone brothers. By all means I want to give credit to Mr. Jack Garrett, for outstanding narriation. He is the best.
Not one of Johnstones better books. I was expecting more. The plot was weak and redundant.