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When Matthew Kerney returns to his ranch in the beautiful San Andres Mountains after serving in Sicily during World War II, he must not only fight to recover physically and emotionally from a devastating war injury, but he must also battle attempts by the US Army to seize control of his land for expanded weapons testing.
Forced off public grazing lands, banned from gathering his cattle on high mountain pastures, and confronted by military police guarding a high security army post on the northern reaches of the range, Matt finds himself at the center of a heavy-handed government land-grab. The reasons behind this surge of secrecy and control become clear when Matt witnesses the boiling, blinding explosion of the first atom bomb at Trinity Site.
As he struggles with an aging, stove-up father no longer able to carry a heavy load at the ranch, an ex-convict intent on killing him, and a failing relationship with a woman he dearly loves, Matt must draw upon all his mental and physical resources to keep his world-and the people in it - from collapsing.
Following the New York Times best-selling Hard Country and its sequel Backlands, The Last Ranch enthralls with the deeply rich, sometimes heartbreaking Kerney family saga as it steps brilliantly into the mid-20th-century world of the new American West.
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By Paula on 05-23-16
So Good! Read to Start the Kevin Kearney Series!
Wouldn't you know -- I read this McGarrity book about the Kearneys last . . . and in truth it should be read before starting any of the modern-day westerns featuring Kevin Kearney. However, it worked for me as the "after" read so you really can't go wrong. This book provides a concise, engaging tale of the Kearney family, their ranching forefathers and the plethora of man-made and natural events that affected their ability to ranch, find happiness and success. It is a great story made even better by George Guidall's narration. McGarrity's characters are people you'd like to meet and although everyone doesn't find true happiness all the time, it is a realistic, believable story of how ranchers in our western states fare with the interventions of government and Mother Nature. A very enjoyable listen!
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Allen Anthony on 06-24-16
Back to the future
Kevin is on the route through college, more love interests,the Vietnam Naum era, politics, Matt separates from the university,and starts his pony business,...Kevin has a pregnant girlfriend that he knows nothing about, and he is now fighting a war 1/2 the world away....stay tuned for the next book
3 of 4 people found this review helpful