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Publisher's Summary

The grand saga of an American ranching family continues in The Last Ranch, the final, mesmerizing book of New York Times best seller Michael McGarrity's gripping and richly authentic American West trilogy.
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.
©2016 Michael McGarrity (P)2016 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Ardington on 03-05-18

Glad McGarrity Switched

For those of you who are long-time fans, you will recall the Kevin K. series of mystery/crime novels. When the author first switched over to the history of the family I was dismayed...
but I decided to read the first one even though I am NOT a fan of westerns.
I am so glad that I did, because what followed was an engaging saga of the Kerney family beginning, I believe, at the end of the 19th century. The Last Ranch brings us close to the time when the mystery/crime series begins, except not quite... because Kerney does not yet have his limp from a rodeo injury....
So I hope there's more to come. Excellent book, excellent series.
Guidall is the narrator for this, just as he was for Tony Hillerman's books. Guidall is a real pro and does his usual superb job.

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5 out of 5 stars
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!

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