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The Beginning The Greatest Western Writer Of The st 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 , shots were 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 kind 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 journeys 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 GraphicAudio This is total TRASH If you are a fan of Smoke, this book destroys the image and eventhe innocence Of Kirby and destroys any reason to friend with Preacher A book written for the lust of money and nothing else. The 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 story.The good is that we learnabout 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 J.A Johnstone written by an anonymous ghost writer who gets no credit, gets sold using Willam s name, with her new series, it The 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 story.The good is that we learnabout 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 J.A 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 of the quality 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 your favorite character, it would be Smoke Jensen , but I loved them all equally and fondly looked forward to his releases So it s pretty asinine for his niece J.A Johnstone to basically rewrite Smoke Jensen s life Oh she follows William s storyline, but adds events to it, that make no sense, are unrealistic or believable and even contradicts Williams own telling of Smoke Smoke Jensen s the last series were I have books left to read that William wrote, so I ve been savoring reading them and holding off reading them slowly The biggest blunder with this book is that, she could have just expanded on William s storyline in the book, broke it into a volume of short stories, expanded areas that William didn t originally and would have been interesting reading to add to them Or just started a totally new series mountain man series.J.A and Kensington would have kept this old diehard fan happy verse having me dedicate myself to keep reading their releases and just giving my unbiased, unfiltered honest review So a huge thank you to Walmart, Sam s Club for making these releases so cheap, for me to be able to afford to do this and A Novel Idea for the ones I purchase used due to them having bad reviews I read this book some time ago It is your typical Smoke Jensen Story Yes we all know they are basically recipe books and you can predict what is going to happen next But they are always quick reads and entertaining But this time, we get his history or as the comic books call it his secret origin.We needwestern 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 of 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 neighbourhood had divided loyalties They didn t hold with slave owning and they disliked Federal Government interference Those who didn t sign up with the armies of the North or South drifted toward guerilla raiders the Confederate Kirby Smoke Jensen was Matt Jensen s mentor and friend In this volume we have Kirby s coming of 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 neighbourhood had divided loyalties They didn t hold with slave owning and they disliked Federal Government interference Those who didn t sign up with the armies of the North or South drifted toward guerilla raiders the Confederates in Missouri were Bushwhackers, the Union sympathizers in Kansas were Jayhawkers Famously the James Brothers rode with Quantril s Raiders and thus got their start switching to banks and railroads after the war The author has Jesse James hand Smoke his first handgun carved with the initials JJ Only his father returns from the war slowly dying from wounds received Smoke is taught the art of the quick draw Leaving the farm they meet up with Preacher, a mountain man who teaches Smoke his trade which he later teaches his prot g Matt Knowing that the Mountain Man series stretches to 45 volumes takes some of the suspense out of their exploits The men seem to havelives than a cat 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 it.The original tale made sense and was farconcise 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 b 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 it.The original tale made sense and was farconcise 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 actions by the father are, also, one way earlier and then changes The plotting is even worse There are too many and far fetched coincidences that occur throughout the book and that equals a very unlikely story.What 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 I am in loveI unhooked on the Jensen family Will be looking up the other books about them I have known two men like Smoke and they are few and far between The characters are so well formed and I will also be looking for books about Preacher Thanks Mr Johnstone for your skill in bringing these people to life Keep up the good work. Hard times makes hard people.A 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 quite possibly A time of evil men in both sides who raped, pillage, killed 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 W.W Johnstone developed a great character and trained his nephew, J.A in the historical research to make the stories accurate and write in the style that makes them interesting books J.A Johnstone is doing a great job of keeping the stories going I love all of them. 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.


About the Author: William W. Johnstone

William Wallace Johnstone was a prolific American author, mostly of western, horror and survivalist novels.Born and raised in southern Missouri, Johnstone was the youngest of four children His father was a minister and his mother a school teacher He quit school when he was fifteen and worked in a carnival and as a deputy sheriff He later served in the Army and, upon returning to civilian life, worked in radio broadcasting for 16 years.Johnstone started his writing career in 1970, but did not have any works published until 1979 The Devil s Kiss and became a full time writer in 1980 He wrote close to two hundred books in numerous genres, including suspense and horror His main publication series were Mountain Man, The First Mountain Man, Ashes and Eagles and his own personal favorite novel was The Last of the Dog Team 1980 He also authored two novels under the pseudonym William Mason.Johnstone had lived for many years in Shreveport, Louisiana, yet died in Knoxville, TN, at the age of 65 J A Johnstone is continuing William W Johnstone s series.


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