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Review: All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone
ALL THE COWBOYS AIN'T GONE
BY JOHN J. JACOBSON
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Pub Date: February 23, 2021
Categories: Historical Fiction / Action Adventure / Western
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All the Cowboys Ainât Gone is the rollicking adventure story of Lincoln Smith, a young Texan living at the beginning of the twentieth century, who thinks of himself as the last true cowboy. He longs for the days of the Old West, when men like his father, a famous Texas Ranger, lived by the chivalric code. Lincoln finds himself hopelessly out of time and place in the fast-changing United States of the new century. When he gets his heart broken by a sweetheart who doesnât appreciate his anachronistic tendencies, he does what any sensible young romantic would do: he joins the French Foreign Legion.
On his way to an ancient and exotic country at the edge of the Sahara, Lincoln encounters a number of curious characters and strange adventures, from a desert hermit who can slow up time to a battle with a crocodile cult that worships the god of death. He meets them all with his own charming brand of courage and resourcefulness.
âBefore I go into my review, thereâs something I should clue you into. I am very much a mood reader. There are times where I fly through a book, and others where Iâm enjoying a book, but I canât seem to breeze through it as easily. When it came to All the Cowboys Ainât Gone by John J. Jacobson, it was a book I had a harder time breezing through, but I honestly think itâs because I am a total mood reader and this book was full of Indiana Jones-style action...and I am sadly not a particular fan of Indiana Jones. *cue the boos* Yes, I get that a lot.
Okay *takes a breath* I am glad to have gotten that off my chest. There are several aspects that I did enjoy from All the Cowboys. Primarily, the writing was wonderful. So, while I did lose my focus at parts in the story, it was the writing itself that got me through. Jacobson was able to give me the perspective of Lincoln Smith, a true old soul if I ever read of one. Although I am not a lover of all things western and the kind of action and adventure, dreams and reality, that can come along with it, I was able to enjoy this story because of the life Jacobsonâs words gave to it.
Lincoln is a great character and it was interesting to read about him and his engagement in the cowboy life. I mentioned earlier that the book was full of Indiana Jones-style action, and I meant it. Lincoln was a great character to go along that ride with. Lincoln brought integrity and commitment to the cowboy life to the table. Iâm not a reader of cowboy stories, but Lincoln is a great character that is easily likable. Readers of all-American cowboy stories and watchers of thrilling old school action flicks would certainly enjoy this story.
Though John J. Jacobson didnât join the French Foreign Legion after being jilted by a girlfriend, or over his displeasure of missing the last great cattle drive, he has, borrowing Churchillâs phrase, lived a rather variegated life. He was born in Nevada, grew up in the West, surfed big waves in Hawaii, circled the world thrice, survived the sixties and seventies, corporate America, and grad school. Among other degrees he has an MA in Renaissance literature from Claremont Graduate University.
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So. It's here. It's February and we are celebrating Black History Month! But, before we get into that, let me give you a catch up on how my reading went in January.
If you subscribe to my newsletter (wait...you don't? Um, how awkward. You can sign up underneath the Book Fidelity logo to the right of this page), you will remember that I was going to partake in a week-long romance readathon...and I did! I did not finish all my books, but I did get 3 read and I kept up with the prompts each day. You can check these posts on my Instagram @bookfidelity.
This is what my TBR was:
This is what my bingo board ended up looking like with the books I actually read. I technically made bingo - but next time, I'm aiming for no double ups.
And now it's February and I'm concentrating on a month-long readathon that is focusing on Black romance authors. The hashtag on IG is @blackauthorreadathon. Follow along and tag me with your TBRs if you decide to join!
I shared my TBR on my IG and in my newsletter, but let me share with you where I'm at (template was NOT created by me):
I finished Stephanie London's Kissing Lessons the night before I started the readathon and wow. First of all, I love Stephanie's books. There is something heartbreaking and hilarious about her characters. Her characters in Kissing Lessons are especially heartbreaking and beautiful. Highly recommend.
And here is where I'm at so far this year:
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