The Reckoning

  • by Robert J. Thomas
  • Narrated by Jay Emmitt Caudill
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Don't let the prologue of this book fool you; this is a Western novel.
The Reckoning is the first in the series of Jess Williams Western novels written by Robert J. Thomas. Jess Williams is an ordinary young boy with a loving family, growing up in Black Creek, Kansas. That all changes when he comes home and finds his entire family brutally murdered.
Forced to become a man overnight, he vows to avenge his family's savage deaths. He begins to practice with his Pa's Colt .45, and then a stroke of destiny arrives when he discovers a new pistol and holster that mysteriously appears. Jess practices with it relentlessly until he becomes so quick that he is unbeatable on the draw.
He leaves home transformed from a boy to a highly skilled shootist with no reason to live except to hunt down and kill each of the three men responsible for the murders of his family. As he begins his journey, he does so with a pistol and holster that no one has ever seen before - and won't again for almost one hundred years.

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A Spectacular Western

Where does The Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best Westerns I've listened to so far. I don't normally read books, but I listen to them quite often on my way to work and back. Wouldn't have come across this great author had it not been for this audiobook - very impressed with this story.


Have you listened to any of Jay Emmitt Caudill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This voice artist is quite versatile. Every character had a distinct personality. The entire story was narrated with a style that immediately took you in as a reader and made you feel like you went back in time to those days when Western-style gun fights were common place.


If you could take any character from The Reckoning out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I'd want to hang out with Jess, of course! He was so loyal to his family that he made it his mission to seek justice for them when they no longer had a voice.


Any additional comments?

I would categorize this Western as a revenge fantasy / traditional Western with a modern twist. It's unique in many ways and uses some elements of mystery/fantasy within the story. Great writing, versatile narrating and an all around quality audiobook. Looking forward to the sequel!

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- Zack Jones

Amazing Western

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the main character the most. It was easy to relate to him and root for him the entire audiobook. Jess Williams is quite a likable person, but to those that cross him - he is to be feared! The main character comes to life quite easily thanks to the narrator, who creates a voice for him that resonates with the average person - while also maintaining a stand-offish vibe perfect for a loner cowboy. It adds to the mystery of Jess Williams and makes you wonder - what is going on in that guy's head??


Have you listened to any of Jay Emmitt Caudill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time hearing this narrator, and I am thoroughly impressed. Will be looking for more audiobooks by him.


Any additional comments?

The story is powerful and is an emotional roller coaster. It starts off in the modern-day world, but it quickly becomes a story about the Western days. There is an unexpected twist that ties the past to the present - that's all I'll say!

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- Vanessa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2015
  • Publisher: R & T Enterprise Inc.