Tuesday, March 09, 2021

All the Cowboys Ain't Gone Reviewapalooza

 

ALL THE COWBOYS AIN'T GONE

BY JOHN J. JACOBSON

Pages: 352
Pub Date: February 23, 2021
Categories: Historical Fiction / Action Adventure / Western


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All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone is the rollicking adventure story of Lincoln Smith, a young Texan living at the beginning of the twentieth century, who thinks of himself as the last true cowboy. He longs for the days of the Old West, when men like his father, a famous Texas Ranger, lived by the chivalric code. Lincoln finds himself hopelessly out of time and place in the fast-changing United States of the new century. When he gets his heartbroken by a sweetheart who doesn’t appreciate his anachronistic tendencies, he does what any sensible young romantic would do: he joins the French Foreign Legion. 

On his way to an ancient and exotic country at the edge of the Sahara, Lincoln encounters a number of curious characters and strange adventures, from a desert hermit who can slow up time to a battle with a crocodile cult that worships the god of death. He meets them all with his own charming brand of courage and resourcefulness. 

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All Cowboys Ain’t Gone introduces us to Lincoln Smith, the self-proclaimed last true cowboy, who lives in San Antonio with his parents at the beginning of the 20th century. His dad, an infamous Texas Ranger, added to his belief that real men lived by a “chivalric code.” He longed for the adventure his dad surely experienced as a “real” cowboy. After suffering a broken heart, he hastily decides to join the French Foreign Legion, which leads him on the adventures he longed for when he was a child.

I listened to this novel on audible. Narrator Grove Gardner did a fantastic job with bringing the author’s words to life. His western and Spanish accents were perfectly executed as he breathed life into young Lincoln and the cast of characters from Mexico to the Sahara and beyond. The audio production itself was well done.

The author did a good job of taking the reader back in time to the beginning of railroads and oil wells and what it was like to explore the unknown. There is a scene in act 1 of the book that was written exceptionally well involving Lincoln, his mother, and a band of villains. I could envision that entire ordeal. He also introduced a few memorable supporting characters like Frenchy.

There were moments where I felt the story got bogged down with unnecessary details as Lincoln’s mind would often wander or when a character or two rambled on. However, it does not take away from the writing itself or the story that the author wrote. I think those who love historical western fiction will find this novel particularly pleasing.



Though John J. Jacobson didn’t join the French Foreign Legion after being jilted by a girlfriend, or over his displeasure of missing the last great cattle drive, he has, borrowing Churchill’s phrase, lived a rather variegated life. He was born in Nevada, grew up in the West, surfed big waves in Hawaii, circled the world thrice, survived the sixties and seventies, corporate America, and grad school. Among other degrees he has an MA in Renaissance literature from Claremont Graduate University. 

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1 comment:

  1. I just loved the audio book! Narrator is perfection. Thanks for the review!

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