THE BADGER'S REVENGE: A JOSIAH WOLFE, TEXAS RANGER NOVEL BY LARRY D. SWEAZY (3/23/11)
NY: Berkley Books, 2011, S6.99. Sweazy spins a good yarn. Within 300 pages he slides in a lot of 1874 descriptive landscape with the resultant sounds, smells, feels and tastes of natural and manmade events as Ranger Wolfe pursues vigilantes in the name of making Texas a law abiding state. As in the first two books in the series, Wolfe gets into and out of near death situations while confronting a changing roster of personal enemies. With this book, the score seems to get settled with most of them, but his life remains unsettled as he tries to determine how to raise his two-year old son and come to grips with conflicting love interests. Sweazy paints a realistic social, cultural, political triptych, drawing us into the climate and manners of the time and place. Once again we experience city and small town life juxtaposed with farmsteads. And once again we're on the open road in southern Texas, feeling the vast open spaces. Characters come and go but their presence is fully experienced. Some we hope show up in book #4. If you're already a reader of the series, #3 won't disappoint. If you're newly interested, pick up the trio. They're page turners and very shareable. - RITA KOHN, Nuvo
The Badger's Revenge will available April 5th at bookstores everywhere, and online.