by Mike Danford
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#4 by Mike Danford

It's a romance...a vendetta...a war!

The warped revenge of an ageing cowboy brings the U.S. and Mexico to the brink of war. How it happened is intrigueing, often thrilling, sometimes revulsive and how the problem was solved is a stunning surprise! The remarkable old cowboy named Lonesome is an admirable character in spite of his occasional lapses into his primitive vendetta against the "coyotes" who lead drug-carrying "mules" across the Rio Grande. Just before the "fit hits the shan", he stumbles into the greatest romance of his life and the recently retired school teacher who falls in love with him is horrified when she discovers the real reason for his spending occasional nights alone on horseback out on the desert of the Big Bend Park of south Texas.

It'll keep you wondering what's gonna happen next...and WHY!

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ISBN-13: 9780595222070
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/10/2002
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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#4 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
62 years old, a retired schoolteacher and stranded in the summertime desert in the Big Bend National Park in Texas due to a malfunctioning minivan. Does the lady need any more trouble? Well, this is only the beginning of the Zoey's adventures. She meets an old cowboy who rides in out of the desert and gives her a ride to town on his packhorse. She doesn't know it but from this point on she is embroiled in a desperate struggle between the cowboy and his enemies which threatens to engulf the United States and Mexico in a shooting war. The action is rather tersely described and Zoey and the reader meet some startling characters who seem at first to fall in the class of functional illiteracy but soon are seen to be movers and shakers at the highest level. The story is helped along or perhaps hindered at times by the use of dialect, which becomes almost painful at times. Here we see people who are willing to stand up and be counted in what they see as quite simply a battle between good and evil. They allow no threats or risks to deter them from this battle. The reader is kept turning the pages in order to find out just how, or if, they will be able to avoid plunging us into a war with our neighbor to the south. With less intrusive dialect this would have easily have been a 4- or 5-star story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a love story, fantasy, adventure with a Texas drawl, set in the Big Bend area of Texas, involving Zoanne, a retired school teacher on her way to Arkansas, who is rescued when her mini-van breaks down, by Lonesome, a taciturn, lanky fifty-ish cowboy who is full of surprises. He has manners, money, and a mysterious set of friends, ranging from the local law enforcers, the bar owners and hangers-on, to a variety of military types with all sorts of sophisticated military equipment ¿ all of whom seem to be dedicated to protecting him. There is plenty of action: drug smuggling across the Rio Grande, several attempts on Lonesome¿s life, some mellow love scenes, military maneuvers and a few surprises. The phonetics of Texas speech is well done, as are the aromas of the desert, horses, steak sandwiches and beer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mike Danford has a special manner of breathing life into a wide variety of likable characters--then involves them in a dangerous border war! Lonesome, the old cowboy with his ¿resonant baritone¿ drawl and easy going manner, has an exciting, mysterious quality about him. He is obviously quite intelligent, SOLVENT, a leader and fearless when it comes down to getting a job done. I trust him and admire the way he treats his women! Zoey, a youngish grandmother recently retired, meets Lonesome under rather unusual circumstances. She has the vitality and adventurous spirit needed to stay alive and give comfort to Lonesome under some less than desirable conditions. I see this as a story about relationships. Relationships between men and women, men and men, women and women, country and country and the ongoing war against drugs on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. There¿s plenty of action for you fellows! The latest technology in ground, air and communications weapons and devices have been well researched. #4 is a rare book that can appeal to both sexes of the `over the hill¿ age group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
#4 was exactly the book I needed to read at this time. I live in SW Colorado and we have been hit hard this summer, fires, floods,drought and heat. I loved the people in the book and could just see them doing the things they did. In fact I could swear some of them could be people just down the county road. The story line and the reaction of the people made me feel as though I were right there with them . I felt I truly had a good break from our problems here and had a good visit with new friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Deputy Marshal in Arizona, I understand what #4 is saying and it reminds me of my area, Book was well worth reading, will keep it and read it again in about a year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
#4 is a well written page turner that I found hard to put down. An adventure story with a very different twist, and an interesting cast of characters. The story is fiction, but the facts behind much of it are all too true. The book is a story of drug smuggling on our southern border that involves a retired school teacher, a cowboy and a small southwestern town along the Rio Grand river