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Publisher's Summary

For the first time, an epic account of a boy born into a struggle for survival on the harsh and unforgiving American frontier, the story behind the legend of Smoke Jensen.... On the eve of the Civil War, Kirby Jensen is the youngest of three children living on a hardscrabble ranch in Southwestern Missouri. But in 1861, shots were fired in Charleston harbor, and Kirby's father and brother went to war.
Smoke Jensen, the Beginning follows the Jensen clan during these volatile years, from Civil War battles to border state raids to the kind of frontier justice achieved only by bullets and blood. William W. Johnstone chronicles the early years of Kirby Jensen - soon to be nicknamed Smoke - as he journeys from boyhood innocence into a manhood shaped by violence and a young man's thirst for justice. Filled with actual historical events and legendary characters, the story of Smoke Jensen's early years is a powerful, brutal and amazing American saga - the crowning achievement of America's most popular living Western writer.
©2015 J.A. Johnstone (P)2015 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lady M on 08-11-16

Great Story!

Would you listen to Smoke Jensen, the Beginning again? Why?

I don't know. I really enjoyed listening to it but it had an unfinished ending. I wish it had a sequel.

What other book might you compare Smoke Jensen, the Beginning to and why?

Some Dusty Rhodes and Louis L'Amour books.

What does Jack Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He makes the characters live in your mind's eye.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several, but when Jamie leaves her child behind brought tears to my eyes.

Any additional comments?

It was a well written and narrated story, but the ending left too many unanswered questions. The reason for only 4 Stars for overall rating.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dawn on 09-18-17

Best western book I've read/listened to in years

This was the best western book I've read/listened to in years. If you enjoy stories of the "Old West" you'll want to give this one a listen.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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