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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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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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