The Bullwhip Breed by J.T. Edson

The Bullwhip Breed by J.T. Edson

J.T. Edson is an Englishman that writes American westerns and almost every one of his books features a female fight (cat fight).  I’d never read one of his books before, so I picked one with a Calamity Jane story.

However this book is not really a western, this book is set in New Orleans.  Jane is helping Phillipe St. Andre catch a strangler that’s killing woman in the park. His Calamity Jane, is a hard living two fisted woman that get what she wants.

The cat fight covers several pages and of course the girl she fights become Calamity friend after their battle. I’m not sure what I was expecting from the fight, but I didn’t get it.

The book is a quick read, with an average story and one developed character.

 

 

Dean and Me (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis

 

Dean and Me (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis

This is a memoir about two people (Martin and Lewis) that find success as a comedy team and break up at the peak of their popularity. The story is told by Jerry Lewis and all the events are retold from his view point.

In the last chapter I could feel the love Lewis held for Martin, break aside two people can’t work together without some connection.  Not a great read, but not terrible and I didn’t feel I wasted my time reading it.

 

War Against the Mafia

War Against the Mafia  by Don Pendleton

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The Mafia explodes Mack Bolan father causing  him to go crazy and kill his family. Mack Bolan is sent home from Vietnam for the funeral and decides to use his sniper training to get revenge on the mafia figures that cheated his father. Bolan is a soldier, he see killing mobsters as his personal war against evil.

It’s an easy read with lots of action, some sex and a little preaching about taking action. Bolan is an anti hero, ready to destroy evil no matter the cost. Better than average, but still a serial book.

 

The Son by Philipp Meyer

The Son by Philipp Meyer

The story of  six generations of the McCullough family taming Texas and building their fortune. The Sun follows three members of the family each with a different flaw. While I enjoyed the book I would have preferred if Meyer told each story in more detail.  Every time I get invested, he changed stories.