Texas Ranger

Texas Ranger

Large Print - 2018
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"Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far--from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. A tough case in Waco has jeopardized Yates's chances at promotion, and he decides to take time off to recharge with his family in their small-town hometown, Redbud. He arrives and finds a horrifying crime scene--and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act ever was deciding to end her marriage to a Ranger. In search of the killer, Yates follows the Ranger creed--never to surrender--into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered. That code just might bring him out alive."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Little Brown & Company,, 2018
Edition: Large print edition, First edition
Description: 379 [10] pages (large print) ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780316556675
031655667X
Branch Call Number: LP Patt
Additional Contributors: Bourelle, Andrew

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talk2terih
Sep 26, 2018

I agree with USAF1969. The book is ok and holds the reader's interest, but the main character is neither likeable nor admirable to this reader.

Texas Rangers are among the elite of law enforcement officers. Skilled, determined, and very professional. Yates, on the other hand, is a wild card, repeatedly defying both local police and his own supervisor, butting into the investigation, compromising evidence, harassing an individual he doesn't like because he wants this man to be the killer, not because there is hard evidence against him. He is indeed terribly immature and the real Texas Rangers wouldn't allow him to be a one man vigilante force.

Plus, speaking as a female, Yates is awfully full of himself and his attraction for the local women, who, with the exception of his ex-wife are all pining away for him while he dithers among them at first, but then immediately forgets about them when he sees the girl singer from the country band playing at his favorite roadhouse.

Sorry, Mr. Patterson, but this is one series I will not be following.

OPL_KrisC Sep 18, 2018

An action-packed, fast-paced thriller that features a new character named Rory Yate's. He's a Texas Ranger with flaws who ultimately wants to do the right thing.

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USAF1969
Sep 13, 2018

THE RANGER by James Patterson & Andrew Bourelle has an interesting story line with lots of twists and turns. My first guess as to who the killer was came about 1/2 way through and turned out to be correct, but because of the way the story line played out, I was doubting that choice near the end. That's the good news. The downside of this book for me was the primary character, Texas Ranger Rory Yates. Basically, the character development was not up to Patterson's usual stuff. The Ranger is obviously a competent lawman in terms of results and can shoot the lights out with blinding speed from a standing draw. But throughout the story he is way too mercurial, makes many poor choices, jumps to a conclusion about who the killer is way early and won't let it go for emotional reasons, and generally over-acts out in weird ways throughout. If they continue with this character, I hope Patterson & Bourelle "mature' him up some.

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mjk236sb
Aug 23, 2018

Interesting new character to add to the Patterson list. I am sure that we will be seeing more of Rory as time goes by. Fast read (as are most of the Patterson books) but filled with lots of action, murder and mayhem.

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