He was 14. The Comanche slaughtered his parents and burned his house to the ground. His only brother never returned from the Civil War. Now the kid from Hondo, Texas, had nothing or no one. What would he do? Where would he go? How would he live? A chance good Samaritan act in the middle of the desert changed the course of his life and gave him a way to survive in the most dangerous way possible.
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"Possibly my favorite series"
STORY (Western fiction) - It's strange. This series is full of cowboys, Indians, bank robbers, cattle rustlers -- totally NOT what I look for in a movie or a book. But it's such an easy listen and the characters are so endearing that I just love rambling along the wild west with these guys.
The Hondo Kid is Book 2 and introduces Cody Cordell, the younger brother of Buck, who was the main character in Book 1. Neither brother knows the other is still alive after their parents were killed by Indians. Cody, a teenager, must grow up quickly on his own and somehow manages to gain a reputation as a gunfighter called "The Hondo Kid." About the first third of the book is Cody's story, but the rest alternates between Cody and Buck, whose cattle ranch is having legendary success.
There's lots of western action with hangings, shootouts, etc., but the author doesn't dwell on the violence or blood. There's some romance but no sex or foul language, so this would make a good family listen. You should hear these books in order, as each picks up where the previous one ends. I look forward to Book 3.
PERFORMANCE - Good job. The narrator does lots of "cowboy" voices, which adds to the story. He reads pretty slow, so you may want to turn the speed up to 1.25 or even 1.5. I would have rated the performance a 5 but some of the cowboy characters are a bit overdone and his women's voices are pretty masculine. (Plus he mispronounces "Brazos," which drove me crazy).
OVERALL - Download Book 1 if you think you might enjoy a good western. I don't think you will be disappointed.
"The Hondo Kid"
Dusty Rhodes has written an interesting series about the Longhorn Ranch. Book two is mostly about the missing younger brother who goes by the name Hondo Kid. Rhodes does a great job of bringing to life the 1860s Texas and the large cattle drives to the rail head. Great to read a book that does not contain swear words, sex and violent without meaning. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
This is my second Dusty Rhodes audio, and if it was a book, I'd say, "I couldn't put it down", as it is I didn't want to stop listening to it.
I started this series with Book 2, and look forward to hearing Book 3.
About 4 hours into the audio, they switched characters, and not having listened to Book 1, it took me awhile to figure who the new characters were. Throughout the rest of the book it switched back and forth between Hondo and his Brothers life.
My favorite genre has been Historical Romance, but my selections lately in that genre have been disappointing, so I decided to try westerns. I certainly lucked out in finding Dusty Rhodes. He's a great story teller, and Gene Engene gave a wonderful performance.
If you like westerns, you won't be disappointed by listening to "The Hondo Kid".
"Stays authentic from start to finish"
This writer understands his history and brings the old west back to life with descriptions of life from years ago that pull you into the story and want to read more.
Over coming lifes mental and physcial pains by using life lessons as a tool kit to become very successful.
The Hondo Kid comes to the aid of a young waitress being mistreated by men that did not have respect for others. He resolved the situation swiftly with dealing out the appropriate punishment. His understanding of the fairness of swift justice is powerful.
Of course the Hondo Kid, he delivers justice deserved for those that do not understand life's written and unwritten rules of right and wrong.
A easy reading western about life's lessons and justice lost to times gone by.
"A Bit Short-Changed"
If you enjoy stories set in the American 'old west' it is likely that you will enjoy this book.
One caveat is that it ends quite abruptly. This is, I am sure, to draw the reader/listener along to the next in the series. But I would say the whole of this story could have been a portion of the first book or included with the third in the series - not a lot of meat on the bone so to speak.
This is the second in the series and is entertaining reading. I am afraid that some of the phraseology may get tedious if the writer is not able to come up with a broader vocabulary for his characters. But for a light 'read' it is overall decent if your expectations are not too high.
Very good story line in the series. likeable players
being taken in by the old gunfighter
Buck and Chester along with the hondo kid. all strong charactors
Our Son got us book one and two to listen to. My husband is an avid Louis L'Amour reader....so these were great stories and fun to listen to in the car on vacation! They were so good we bought the other two.
"Great Western Saga!"
Seamless transition tithe younger brother's story. Loved the way Dusty keeps us current with the older brother too! This was a really good western tale!
"The Western Lives"
Western Rides Again
Very much like a traditional western where the good guys always follow their own morals, and bad guys have none.
The too-perfect kid
I like the simple approach of this series. The good guys stay good guys, and you know the bad guys stay bad. Not as good as the first book, though.
""The Hondo Kid""
This is book two in this series by Dusty Rhodes. I've listened to all four of them at least 4 or 5 times, I can't really remember but a very good and long series. I haven't read the printed books. I like listening to the books from Audio version the best. Gene Engene does very good job as the narrator. The "Longhorn series is about two men who fought in the Civil War for the south and after the war started a cattle ranch in southern Texas in late 1860's into the 1870's. It deals with life of two families in this series. If you're interested in westerns, I would recommend this book.
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