Review by Rox Burkey

Author Roy Clinton is at it again with the great blend of American History around reconstruction, with a western flavor. Having President Grant requesting the services of John Crudder makes for an exciting tale that doesn’t disappoint in this narrated performance.

John Crudder educated as a lawyer abroad actually grew up in New York. When his father died, rather than take over his finance industry passion, he sought his future in Texas. At one point he was appointed Sherriff but had issues with the town council’s lack of honor. With his code of ethics, he decisively rooted out the evil doers in the Texas frontier and was compelled to deliver well deserved justice.  John’s brand of justice reached the ears of President Grant, resulting in a meeting to discuss the issues with the railroad.

Howard Hastings thought he owned the Great National Railroad until William Summerall and his group purchased controlling interest.  Railroads during Reconstruction were privately owned. When this consortium starts to buy up the railroads, they seem bent on a monopoly. President Grant wants John, to use his knowledge, talents, and wealth to open doors as an undercover agent of the government to determine if any crimes are being committed. 

John along with my favorite horse, Midnight, accept the job. During his investigations the listener is exposed to rich historic details, lessons in morale code, and John’s brand of proving the right from the wrong.  It is a fun story and great edition to the series. The narration by R. William James is flawless the perfect way to listen to any of the books from Roy Clinton. Thoroughly enjoyable, but I am a raving fan!

About the Author

Roy Clinton is a Western author and psychotherapist who divides his time between Texas and the Canadian Rockies. All his books are about real places and are historically accurate.

As a fourth generation Texan, he has lived in Texas his whole life. He loves everything Western. Most of all, he loves the Western culture. Cowboys may have a rough exterior but most he has known are true gentlemen with hearts of gold and integrity in abundance. Roy writes about these Western heroes and the places they live and travel.

Roy holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate and has written four professional books about addiction and recovery, one of which won the Book of the Year Award from American Book Festival in the addiction category.

All books are available on www.Audible.com or iTunes shortly after the paperback and digital versions are released.

Roy’s hobbies include writing, cooking, running, hiking, and traveling with his wife, Kathie.

Roy’s books can be found at www.TopWesterns.com – Follow Roy’s YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCvX-C_UJcPXoEUEwc5eE-g?view_as=subscriber  –  You can also reach out directly via email to Roy@TopWesterns.com milton.magness@hopeandfreedom.com

About the Narrator

R. William James is the pseudonym used by James Romick for Westerns and Romance stories. James is a Classically Trained Singer and has been a Professional Actor for nearly 40 years, with over 22 years of experience on the Broadway Stage. He offers a powerful vocal quality with wide range and depth, as well as an actor’s sensibility to effectively interpret and voice of a story. He is adaptable to any genre.

With his experience he prides himself on being very directable, versatile, and open to suggestion with the ability to adjust on-the-fly. He aims to please with his voices and characters.

In the late 1980s James studied audio engineering at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City at a time when splicing and editing analog audio tape with a razor blade was standard procedure. Today he offers digitally recorded and mastered sound quality for each project. As an aside, he is also an expert woodworker, cabinet maker, and woodturner.  You can find samples of his narrated stories on his website and his audiobooks on Audible.com.


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