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Book: ‘Battle of the Mountain Man’ by William W. Johnstone – June 15th, 2017

by on Jun.15, 2017, under Books

Battle of the Mountain Man (Mountain Man, #21)Battle of the Mountain Man by William W. Johnstone
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This volume of Smoke jensen is more like the first books in the series. Books previous to this in the series mostly had Smoke as nearly a pacifist. In this, Smoke blows people away for suspicion.

I mostly like this version of Smoke, which does divert in strong ways from series previous to this and the many books outside the series. Here is the first volume, that i can recall, where Smoke curses…many times. Something hard to find in the hundreds of Johnstone novels. He’s also ruthless in his pursuit, which is far less in all of the other written versions.

This is among the inconsistencies. Smoke’s children missing, as usual. Smoke is written taking an odd disregard for his horse and more interest in alcohol than written before.

The narrative is written far more gruffly. Far less description of setting and interaction, except in battle. Otherwise, this is basically a book of chases in one form or another with an obvious conclusion. It’s all too smooth even for a Smoke Jensen book.

There are pages of pondering about Smoke’s mentor, Preacher, and if he is alive or dead and the like. All disjointed from the plot, if you want to call it that, of the book.

Bottom line: I don’t recommend this book. 4 out of 10 points.

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