Author – Roger Raffee
Genre – Western
449 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of five Posted 10/14/16
In my opinion, the author was far too ambitious with this story. His attempt to cover the life of his whole family in one book became boring, especially near the end. The main plot is supposedly based on an actual character with fictional scenes added to extend and enhance the story. The early western story on its own would have been more engrossing. The later scenes drifted away from the early western plot.
The story begins in 1927 with a grandfather telling his grandson the story of the boy's great grandfather, Aaron Raffee. That would be a good introduction for the main story, except the author kept reverting back to them every few chapters. Usually the pair would go to a private club where the senior Raffee played cards with Geo. Burns, Jack Benny and Georgie Jessel. This detracted from the western story and only slowed the main plot down.
The western story was good with plenty of action. The time was around 1870. When he was eighteen, Aaron Raffee became the first Jewish Texas Ranger. There were many forays into Mexico chasing bandits and doing general hell raising.
Many historical characters were incorporated into the plot: Tom Mix, John Wesley Hardin, Poncho Villa, Quanah Parker and Wyatt Earp to name a few. Personally, I don't like the use of notable persons in fiction stories where acts and dialog are attributed to them without documentation to base it on.
The great grandfather's western scenes were imaginative, if a bit over the top, and held my interest.
Racial prejudice against the Jewish people was a strong theme throughout the story.
The level of editing is mediocre. In to is used hundreds of times instead of the single word into. Quotation mark usage is a major problem and there are many cases where the wrong words are used.
Scene breaks are missing, allowing different scenes in different locations to run together.
The story is a decent read, but I don't recommend it strongly.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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