Sunday, May 19, 2013

New Review (05/15/13) THE GILA WARS

The Gila Wars, Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger #6 by Larry D. Sweazy

from: Journey of a Bookseller, review by Jo Ann Hakula

Josiah Wolfe is back. He's a ranger who lives his life on assignments and is never sure when he might get shot next. Or even if he'll be coming back home after his job is finished. He's focused on his goals as a ranger and hopes his personal life will still be there when he returns. It is, but it's never works out quite like he thought...

The author sent me a copy of his book for review (thank you). I always enjoy Mr. Sweazy's stories and have read several about Josiah now. He tells me Berkley will no longer be publishing this series, so I hope someone else picks it up. I'll miss Josiah. You can grab this book at your local bookstore now and won't want to miss it if you like Westerns.

What makes Josiah so enjoyable to read about is that he's human, no super hero. He gets shot, loses friends, gets his heart broken, and he still moves forward. He's getting older and that influences his decisions, too.

In this story, he's going after Cortina again. He doesn't get far before he's shot again and has to heal up before going any further. Scrap goes on, Josiah stays. And there's a beautiful Mexican woman tending to him. He's healing well and relishing the fact that he has a letter from Pearl. What he doesn't expect is a "Dear John" letter. All of sudden his life is upside down again. The battle against Cortina is hard fought and Josiah loses more friends.

It's time for Josiah to decide what to do with the rest of his life. I was surprised by his decision. Maybe you will be, too.

If you haven't had the chance to meet Josiah yet, you'll want to pick up the earlier books in the series and follow his development as a character. Mr. Sweazy writes a good western.

Happy reading,

Jo Ann Hakola

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