(A sequel based on the William Dale Jennings’ book, The Cowboys. Available through Seven Locks Press, P.O. Box 25689, Santa Ana, California, 92799. ISBN 0-929765-81-8.)
Across the Brazos is the rare sequel, penned by another author who carries the blessing and support of the original author and maintains the character and dignity of the source novel. Author Ermal Williamson is a screen and stage performer who is an expert on the life and movies of John Wayne and has chosen this story to follow up the Wayne film and Jennings book. Williamson sought out the original author before completing this project and received his approval and endorsement of the story.
Across the Brazos follows Matt Anderson from a botched bank robbery in Bozeman, Montana through post-civil war Texas and coming full circle to his roots on his family’s ranch in Montana. Written with gusto, the story about greed and honor creates vivid characters and moves them with dispatch from adventure to adventure while painting a glorious picture of the Old West.
Fans of the Western novel won’t be disappointed in this crackling story about a search for identity and personal honor, and should keep their eyes out for Mr. Williamson’s next effort. He has taken Jennings’ characters to another level and left this reviewer anxious to read more from this author.