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Rusty Nelson, a frequent narrator for Books in Motion, reads Jason Peares's story thoughtfully and perceptively. Jason's is a sad but familiar tale of how he became a gunfighter: Someone was always trying to avenge the death of a father, brother, son. Nelson's delivery is low-key and casual as he reads about the violence, injuries and pain so deeply ingrained in Jason's life. Nelson's tone of voice becomes lighter, smoother for female characters and nearly nonchalant when describing the aftermath of gunfights, ambushes, etc. Will Indian John finally bring an end to Jason's violent days, or will he live "happily ever after" with Jo Ann in Colorado? S.C.A. (c) AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Library Journal:
Jason Peares is a black gunfighter who attracts trouble like cow patties attract flies. It dogs his trail through gunfights, ambushes, and range wars as he desperately tries to settle down with his sweetheart, Chocolate Joanne. Of course, none of this violence is his fault. It's just that when he has to shoot someone, that person always has brothers and friends who come after him. What could have been a good story about a bloody dispute between a cattle rancher and a sheep farmer who is not all she claims to be soon degenerates into a laughable, confusing morass as cardboard characters rush in and out of the plot. Unfortunately, Poston evokes no sense of time or place, and the audience is left with a hodgepodge of Western gibberish and clich?s. This is a shame because Peares is an interesting character, and the listener is curious to know his history. Rusty Nelson stumbles over words and phrases several times on each cassette, which is grating and distracting. Most of the time, he makes little effort to vary his voice from character to character, and when he does, he is inconsistent, sometimes sounding like John Wayne and other times like the Taco Bell Chihuahua. With all of the well-produced Westerns available on cassette, libraries with limited budgets should spend their money elsewhere. Not recommended.ABarbara Perkins, Irving P.L. Syst., TX
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Book Description Holloway House Publishing Company, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0870673696