Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Lone Star #16

LONE STAR and the BADLANDS WAR
as by Wesley Ellis
Jove Nov. 1983

There’s trouble brewing in the Dakotas and a Starbuck ranch is right at its center. To head off violence, Jessie Starbuck and her Samurai bodyguard Ki, go north – and step into a full-blown range war. As Ki tangles with the local guns, Jessie takes on a mad Marquis who won’t stop at murder in his bid to take over the territory…

A series of books of which I have read many, most of which I’ve enjoyed. Not a lot of fighting action in this one, although the book does build to a violent final showdown. Not a surprise to find the Marquis is backed by the Cartel either, who Jessie has been fighting since the death of her father at the beginning of the series.*

The book was entertaining enough and well written, the inclusion of Theodore Roosevelt came over as credible too, he sides Jessie throughout most of the story.

Not a bad entry into the series but in my humble opinion there are better in this long running series – the series reached #153 books.

*This story is told in the first Longarm giant edition, Longarm and the Lone Star Legend. The first book of the Lone Star series begins after that title.

2 comments:

IH said...

Lone Star is an interesting series for the two unlikely heroes - although you want to not accept the characters of Ki and Jessica, you do regardless. Interesting that Jessica is written as sexually dominant as several male heroes a la Longarm, Spur McCoy. I haven't read this book, but have read several others in this series.

Steve M said...

Totally agree with your assessment of Jessie's character.

Lone Star had some great writers behind the pseudonym of Wesley Ellis and they produced some very good entries in the series.