Oke Jensen and his family The story begins in 1860 1961 on a ranch in southwestern Missouri This was a violent time and place in American historyThe book is well written and what I like best about Johnstone s books is the amount of research done to make an accurate historical novel The book is full of historical events and facts I do not feel the books are the same uality as when William Johnstone was writing them but they are still easy to read and enjoyableI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is ten hours and three minutes Jack Garrett does a good job narrating the story Garrett is an actor and voice over actor He is a well nown audiobook narrator I read this book some time ago It is your typical Smoke Jensen #Story Yes We All Know They Are Basically Recipe Books #Yes we all now they are basically recipe books you can predict what is going to happen next But they are always uick reads and entertaining But this time we get his history or as the comic books call it his secret originWe need western writers out there and should be happy that these books are being written Kirby Smoke Jensen was Matt Jensen s mentor and friend In this volume we
Have Kirby S Coming Kirby s coming age years on a small 40 acre family farm in Missouri during the American Civil War Every legend has had its beginnings somewhere and this is Smokes Farmers in this neigh This book just seems to flow along providing just the restful but engrossing experience I want in recreational reading It s the first Johnstone book I ve read and I look forward to diving into the many books he s written. Neys from boyhood innocence into a manhood shaped by violence and a young man's thirst for justice Filled with actual historical events and legendary characters the story of Smoke Jensen's early years is a powerful brutal and amazing American saga the crowning achievement of America's most popular living Western writer Also available in audio at wwwGraphicAudione.
William W. Johnstone ↠ 7 REVIEWThe good the bad and the ugly regarding Smoke Jensen The Beginning is that it s a rewrite of the Smoke Jensen story and it s not true to the way William W Johnstone s told Smoke s storyThe good is that we learn about Smoke s younger years pre civil war with his father Emmett his mom pearl his brother Luke and sister Janey Now the bad anything published by JA Johnstone written by an anonymous ghost writer who gets #no credit gets sold using Willam s name with her new series it s hit or miss bad editing and nothing #credit gets sold using Willam s name with her new series it s hit or miss bad editing and nothing the uality that William wrote The ugly is that for myself and so many readers of William W Johnstone Westerns If you twisted our arm ask us who was y When you have a good thing why mess with it For some unfathomable reason the Johnstone Clan decided to reboot the Smoke Jensen origin story They botched itThe original tale made sense and was far concise This one rambles on and on and leaves main and supporting characters scattered here and there and loose ends abound The editing is atrocious as scenes jump from one place to the other In some parts of the book a header of a month and year is provided and then hundreds of pages go by before such is seen again The writing is also poor Dialogue reads simplistic and repetitious This gets to the very unusual weak characters for a Johnstone book Even Smoke reads flatter than others in the endless series Smoke s father seems to get younger as written Earlier in the book the father s dialogue is is very farmer like Later his dialogue becomes almost contemporary urban speak The The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyFor the first time an epic account of a boy born into a struggle for survival on the harsh and unforgiving American frontier the story behind the legend of Smoke JensenOn the eve of the Civil War Kirby Jensen is the youngest of three children living on a hardscrabble ranch in Southwestern Missouri But in 1861 shots Ctions by the father are also one way
earlier and then changes the plotting is evenand then changes The plotting is even There are too many and far fetched coincidences that occur throughout the book and that euals a very unlikely storyWhat bugs me most is the consistency The Smoke Jensen in this book is written differently than the other books where the character appears Same with Preacher Bottom line i don t recommend #This Book 2 Out Of 10 Points Hard Times Makes #book 2 out of 10 points Hard times makes peopleA excellent story set in the dangerous border States of Missouri and Kansas before and during the Civil War The story sounds historically accurate and the plot uite possibly A time of evil men in both sides who raped pillage illed and destroy innocent lives Another excellent book about Smoke Jensen This one begins when Kirby Jensen is a young pre teen about the beginning of the Civil War and brings him up to adulthood and his name of Smoke Jensen WW Johnstone developed a great character and trained his nephew JA in the historical research to make the stories accurate and write in the style that makes them interesting books JA Johnstone is doing a great job of eeping the stories going I love all of them This is total TRASH If you are a fan of Smoke this book destroys the image and even the innocence Of Kirby and destroys any reason to friend with Preacher A book written for the lust of money and nothing else I am in loveI unhooked on the Jensen family Will be looking up the other books about them I have nown two men like Smoke a Johnstone went back to tell the early life of Kirby Sm. Ere fired in Charleston harbor and Kirby's father and brother went to war Smoke Jensen The Beginning follows the Jensen clan during these volatile years from Civil War battles to border state raids to the ind of frontier justice achieved only by bullets and blood William W Johnstone chronicles the early years of Kirby Jensen soon to be nicknamed Smoke as he jour. ,