The Texas 7

  • by Gary C. King
  • Narrated by J. Scott Bennett
  • 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"You haven't heard the last of us yet..."
These were chilling words on a note left behind by seven armed and dangerous inmates who escaped from the John Connally prison in South Texas on December 13, 2000. Their promise has apparently been fulfilled. The inmates, now known as the Connally Seven, are suspected of having first robbed a Radio Shack in Houston, and then, days later, on Christmas Eve, of having fatally shot and run over a young police officer during an assault on a Dallas sporting goods store. For six frantic weeks, a massive manhunt with a significant reward had only turned up dead ends - until a tip came in from someone who had seen the gang on Fox TVs, America's Most Wanted. Authorities arrested four of the seven prisoners, including suspected ringleader George Rivas, in Woodland Park, Colorado, and a fifth inmate shot himself during police negotiations.
Immediately intensifying the search for the last two heavily armed and dangerous prisoners, police and the FBI closed in on them at a Holiday Inn in Colorado Springs, just two days following the previous arrest. After five hours and a telephone interview with a TV news station, in which they expressed their feeling that the breakout was a statement against Texas's judicial system, the two inmates surrendered themselves, putting an end to a long and frightening episode.
The Texas 7 goes behind the scenes to give you a detailed, fascinating account, of the events leading up to and after their brazen prison escape - and the exciting chase that ultimately led to their capture.

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Another true crime hit for Gary C. King!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have listened to several true crime books written by Gary C. King and I would definitely recommend all of them. His books are well researched and written with great detail. His narrators are also easy to listen to.


What does J. Scott Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought he did a fantastic job reading this book. He was so easy to listen to and his voice was perfect for this type of book.


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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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- Rhonda

Well-Crafted Account of a Notorious Escape

This is a compelling account of the notorious prison escape of the Texas 7. It jumps right into the action on the day of the escape, detailing how the guards were overcome and the escape itself accomplished. Perhaps the most interesting part of the story was the prisoners' extended evasion of authorities and the crimes they committed while on the run. There was a definite feeling of impending disaster, since most of the 7 escapees knew they were never getting out of jail again and would appear to be willing to do whatever it took to extend their escape. With that firmly established by the author, I found myself almost wincing in anticipation of something even more awful occurring whenever the narrative followed the escapees into an interaction with an unknowing civilian. Sadly, something awful did occur.

The narrator was perfect for the material, rolling out the story at a compelling pace in a gentle southern accent. It was almost like sitting in a bar or restaurant listening to a friendly Texan tell the whole story over a rack of ribs. I would definitely listen to other books narrated by J. Scott Bennett or written by Gary King.

The story is primarily told from law enforcement's perspective, which is interesting. But I would have loved more detail from the escapees perspective, and perhaps a bit more on the trials. I was left wanting to know what these guys were doing the whole time, where they were staying, who they encountered, what the internal conflicts and power dynamics might have been. It didn't lessen my enjoyment, and I like when a true crime story is engaging enough to make me want even more detail. On the other side of the coin, I was taken a little aback by a number of Appendixes in the last 40 minutes of the book. I understand why they were there, but that kind of repeated, extensive detail coming after the narrative is over and the author thanks all the people who helped him research and write the book feels a little like overkill.

That said, this is a great true crime story written and narrated in a compelling, interesting way. If you're even a little interested in true crime or in this particular case, I would definitely recommend this book. A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review, but after listening to it I can say that if I had bought it I would have been very glad I did.
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- Dave

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2017
  • Publisher: Gary C. King Enterprises