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July 24, 2016

THE LAST RANCH by Michael McGarrity

A Novel of the New American West
The American West Trilogy
Book 3 of 3
Michael McGarrity

(from Night Owl Reviews)
  • Number: 9780525953258
  • Release: May 17, 2016
  • Author: Michael McGarrity
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Western, HIST: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult

The grand saga of an American ranching family continues in The Last Ranch, the final, mesmerizing book of New York Times bestseller Michael McGarrity’s gripping and richly authentic American West trilogy. When Matthew Kerney returns to his ranch in the beautiful San Andres Mountains after serving in Sicily during World War II, he must not only fight to recover physically and emotionally from a devastating war injury, but he must also battle attempts by the U.S. Army to seize control of his land for expanded weapons testing. Forced off public grazing lands, banned from gathering his cattle on high mountain pastures, and confronted by military police guarding a high security army post on the northern reaches of the range, Matt finds himself at the center of a heavy-handed government land-grab. The reasons behind this surge of secrecy and control become clear when Matt witnesses the boiling, blinding explosion of the first atom bomb at Trinity Site. As he struggles with an aging, stove-up father no longer able to carry a heavy load at the ranch, an ex-convict intent on killing him, and a failing relationship with a woman he dearly loves, Matt must draw upon all his mental and physical resources to keep his world—and the people in it—from collapsing. Following the New York Times bestselling Hard Country and its sequel Backlands, The Last Ranch enthralls with the deeply rich, sometimes heartbreaking Kerney family saga as it steps brilliantly into the mid-twentieth-century world of the new American West.



 The setting for this trilogy is the San Andres Mountains.   Matthew  Kerney returns from WWII to try to regain his health from a war injury.  But that won't be his biggest struggle.  The army wants his land.  He has lost control over much of his ranch due to the government and their ways of taking land away. That is just part of Matt's problems.  The women he loves and their relationship is failing.  His father is getting old and can't do much around the ranch any more and someone is trying to kill him.  His world is falling down around him  This trilogy is the story of the Kerney family.  The first book, Hard Country introduces you to the Kerney family and their lives in the mid twentieth century world of the new American West. The sequel is Backlands, and now we have The Last Ranch.  The stories are very detailed with rich descriptions of the landscapes, the characters and their lives.   If you can, go back and read the first novel and on to the second and third.  When you are finished you will want to re-read them. 
I received this complimentary book from the author, Michael McGarrity and Night Owl Reviews in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

I would give this book   4 STARS.

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