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A lone star Christmas (udgave 2011)

af William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone

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When a cattle drive turns deadly, Smoke and Matt Jensen and Duff MacCallister struggle to cope with bloodthirsty Indians and trigger-happy rustlers as they ride into a brutal blizzard that sorely tests their skills of survival.
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Titel:A lone star Christmas
Forfattere:William W. Johnstone
Andre forfattere:J. A. Johnstone
Info:New York : Pinnacle Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2011.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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From the book jacket: It’s December 1890. A Texas rancher named Big Jim Conyers has a deal with Scottish-born, Wyoming cattleman named Duff MacCallister. Along with Smoke and Matt Jensen, the party bears down on Dodge, Kansas, to make a cattle drive back to Forth Worth. But before they can get out of Dodge, guns go off and a rich man’s son is killed. Soon the drive turns into a deadly pursuit, then a staggering series of clashes with trigger-happy rustlers. And the worst is yet to come – the party rides into a devastating blizzard, a storm so fierce that their very survival is at stake.

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I was seduced by the title, but should have quit with the book jacket. The Texas rancher in the book is Big BEN (not Jim). And the city in Texas near his ranch is FORT Worth (not Forth). And the hyperbole of the jacket material is indicative of the quality of the writing inside.

It seems that the writers threw everything they’d ever come across in a Western into this book. A mysterious stranger who is stronger than an ox, a rancher’s daughter who instantly falls in love with the new man on the ranch, an immature rancher’s son who is too eager to go on an adventure and not very willing to do the hard work required, a pair of good guys with white hats and quick-as-lightning reflexes, a saloon gal with a heart of gold, a cheating card shark, and a criminal gang bent on getting revenge for having been previously thwarted. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, there are dust storms, blizzards, and fires.

It was a pretty fast read, and fit several challenges, but there’s really very little Christmas to this story. ( )
  BookConcierge | Dec 30, 2016 |
I ended up liking this very much! The writing isn't as sophisticated as I had expected, but it was alright. ( )
  Becky_McKenna | Mar 10, 2016 |
Just an okay story with to many subplots and historical inaccuracies that were to obvious to ignore. ( )
  StephLaymon | Jan 26, 2016 |
A Lone Star Christmas by William W and J.A. Johnstone
This book first appealed to me because of the cover. It has snow and horses, blizzard looking. After reading the back of the cover I was convinced I just had to read this book. I've read other series of books about cattle runs and thoroughly enjoyed them.

The lifestyle, the hardships and having to
survive by what you did mattered.

Book starts out with a female who is traveling back home after visiting relatives and there's a mystery as to her birth mother. She meets up with a man who sticks up for her when she arrives and he handles the problem men in his own way.

He's left his past in Boston but proves himself to her father who gives him a job on the ranch. They part ways, her to find her bio mom and him to learn about cowboying.

Things are going just too smoothly for the ranch and the cattle drive but it will be in December and a different type of cattle than what they are used to.

The cattle even appealed to me as my dad was in charge of an experimental cattle here in our hometown when he was young.

A lot of different things happen in a specific order that play havoc on everything to follow. Revenge for things done in the past: sometimes to friends, sometimes to family that trigger events.

The weather plays a major part in all that happens, it's just so unpredictable in the winter to begin with. The book talks of many different types of storms.

The generosity of people overwhelmed me and made this a true Christmas book to read. Love the scenery, people, story line, time frame and had a hard time putting it down at the end of my day.

I do rate this a 5 and wish the rating system was higher as my rating would then be higher as well. As this is
the first time reading the authors I will search out more of their works and read them as I know I will not be disappointed in the books. ( )
  jbarr5 | Jul 25, 2013 |
Title: A Lone Star Christmas
Author: William W. Johnstone
Pages: 336
Year: 2011
Publisher: Pinnacle
Since I was a little girl, westerns have been the one genre I knew I could best use to identify who I was. Whether it was watching westerns on TV, a movie, reading non-fiction as well as fiction, I always wanted to know more about the West with a passion. Recently, with my sons having become men, I joined the NRA, took a class, and bought my first firearm. I am also a member of SASS. Even though I don’t attend anything, I learn a lot from this group. I knew a few western writers growing up though because of my Nana I knew more about Louis L’Amour and his books. Growing up and watching my parents get her the latest novel or seeing her read those books are memories I will always remember. When Nana died, I was blessed with her entire collection of westerns that included a few Luke Short books and some others. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I came across the name of William W. Johnstone. You can go to his website to learn more about the author, books, and book club. (http://www.williamjohnstone.net/index1.html)
Every author of any genre has a unique way of telling a story. The western genre encompasses a whole lot of territory. What I like best in this author’s writings is the depth of the story and the painstaking time taken to place details in a scene. There is some cussing in the novels, but no sexual content whatsoever. There is romance though as well as gunfights. Deeper still is the portrayal of the cowboy’s code of being willing to place his life on the line for another, taking care of matters of law and justice, or even seeing to family matters. Yet, even what I have listed fails to encompass the western genre. I can only say the novels are worth the time to read.
A Lone Star Christmas was released in 2011, and this year A Rocky Mountain Christmas has been released. In the near future, I will be reading and reviewing this work of fiction as well. I have no doubt that it will be as excellent as its predecessor.
There is so much enjoyment in the pages of this novel. It would be hard to put words on paper to adequately describe everything, so here is a very short summary. Remember there are a few cuss words interspersed in the story. Rebecca is the daughter of a wealthy rancher in Texas. She doesn’t know her birth mother. Who was she? With love on the line and questions to be answered, Becca leaves the ranch without anyone’s knowledge. Tom is running from a memory he never wants to rehash in his heart or mind. Leaving his former life behind, he sets out on a train for the west, ending up in Texas. His knowledge and experience as a cowboy become apparent very quickly, but there is no turning back now.

Ranch hands’ lifestyles, forged friendships, and a cattle drive through the winter are just a few of the happenings that take place. With a make or break deal to try a different breed of cattle, Big Ben sends his team of seven people to meet the train and drive the 2,500 head of cattle home through sandstorms, a blizzard, attempted murder, and cattle rustling. Will the cattle make it to their new home? On top of that, Big Ben wants everyone home for Christmas. Maria just wants her baby safely delivered at the ranch. Exactly what does occur on the cattle drive, before the drive, and months later that changes the lives of the characters? Interested in reading this yet? I sure hope so. You will be missing a great adventure if you pass up this novel!
My rating is 5+ stars.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457 ( )
  lamb521 | Nov 21, 2012 |
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