Rondo

The Landon Saga - Book 4

Fiction - Western
149 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2014
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Rondo (The Landon Saga Book 4) by Tell Cotton is a true Western story. Rondo Landon is well known throughout the West for having a fast gun that killed bad guy Ben Kinrich. However, he has given up his outlaw ways and is now working as a ranch hand in Empty Lake, Texas, he is in love and ready to settle down. When he is approached by several people of the town and asked to become the sheriff and rid the town of the outlaws, he cannot refuse. Ike Nash and his son Tanner are the bad guys. Rondo and his deputy, Ross Stewart, quickly have their troubles laid out when Tanner kills Jeremiah Batch for control of his horses and ranch. More trouble arrives when Virgil rides into town and tells Rondo he is only there to kill him.

Tell Cotton has continued the Landon Saga that started with Confessions of a Gunfighter and the story has gotten better and better. I was drawn in from the very first paragraph and couldn’t stop reading until I reached the very last word. Rondo will have you sitting on the porch of the jailhouse with old friends, sharing in all of the action. Tell Cotton tells the story with accurate facts, wonderful characters and a plot that will keep you reading long into the night. Rondo is a must-read Western genre book. Tell Cotton has a bright future as a Western storyteller and I can hardly wait for book five of the saga.

Tina Gibbons

Rondo by Tell Cotten continues the Landon saga. Ike Nash's hired hands have been riding in and wreaking havoc on Empty-lake's businesses, doing damage and taking goods without paying. Three business owners from the town approach Rondo and ask him to become the sheriff. Rondo knows they are asking because of his reputation with a gun. He thinks he'd prefer working the cows on the Tomlin ranch and feels his friend, Ross, would be better for the job because he's well educated and knowledgeable about the law. Rondo then decides to take the job as sheriff because it includes a small house. He wants to marry Mr. Tomlin's daughter, Rachel, and feels he will have something to offer with the badge. He also gets to choose anyone he wants as his deputy, so he picks Ross.

This Western tale is interesting and entertaining. Even though it is the fourth book in the series, it stands well on its own and I would like to read the initial books to find out the whole story. Tell Cotten brings several attention grabbing, unique characters and combines them with the genuine 'old West' feel that lends credibility to Rondo. I enjoyed Rondo's calm demeanor in the face of any dangerous situations. His friendship with Ross is stronger than any competitive feelings or rivalries they may have. They work well together in wrapping up Ike Nash's dirty business, even though a lovely lady named Lucy comes in on a carriage, sparking a disagreement between them, and a stranger rides into town who wants to kill Rondo. Rondo is the type of guy people feel loyal to and have his back, even though he was previously an outlaw. His character has depth. I enjoyed this book.

Christine Nguyen

Rondo is a Solstice Western and the fourth book in the Landon Saga that follows Rondo Landon who was previously a notorious outlaw and gunfighter. Rondo came to fame in the Wild West when he shot and killed a good man that became corrupt, Ben Kinrich. Rondo is now trying to be a normal man by working at Tomlin’s ranch and courting young Rachel, his love. Soon things and events become interesting in his life as the Texas town of Empty-Lake he lives in has some trouble and elects him sheriff. Rondo takes the position because it comes with a little house where he wants to take Rachel as his bride. He elects his best friend Ross as his deputy. They are ready to take on Ike Nash and his hired hands that cause trouble in town. Two other famous outlaws from Rondo’s past, Lee Mattingly and Brian Clark, come into town and live in Rondo’s house. Rondo learns that his friend Jeremiah Batch has been murdered.

Tell Cotton is an award-winning author who chronicles the life of Rondo with charming humor and interesting, diverse characters. He depicts Rondo as a very likeable and modest man who is torn between his past as an outlaw killer and his new life as a sheriff. There are demons in Rondo that he must fight and conquer and I, as a new reader to this western series, want to continue reading to follow Rondo’s journey as it is just beginning. Tell Cotton writes with humor, warmth, charm, and simplicity. I highly recommend it for readers who love western books or any readers who love a good read!

Melinda Hills

Rondo Landon was a well-known outlaw who turned his life around and is now the Sheriff of Empty-lake, Texas. In the wild west of the later 1800s, law is often handled between individuals and that is what Virgil intends when he comes to town to kill Rondo. Rondo is able to put off the inevitable confrontation and handles other issues that come up in the relatively quiet town in Rondo, Book 4 in The Landon Saga by Tell Cotten. With a few friends, two of whom are outlaws trying to make a proper living, Rondo helps protect the town from the wild cow-hands from Ike Tanner’s ranch, as well as avenge the death of an old, simple farmer. Will Rondo hold Virgil off indefinitely or will his luck run out with a showdown on Main Street?

Well-written and smooth flowing, Rondo, Book 4 in The Landon Saga by Tell Cotten is an engaging story with all the flavor of a traditional Western. Interesting characters with surprising ties to one another keep the plot moving along and the laid-back, take-charge attitude of the new sheriff keeps the town and the bad guys under control. With a classic dance hall gal and drinking and gambling at the hotel, Rondo is an easy-to-read tale of the old days of outlaws and lawmen in a small Texas town. Cotten presents the past with clear images that pay tribute to the men and women who made the West a comfortable place to live and raise a family, in spite of the many challenges from nature and those with criminal intent.

Jack Magnus

Rondo, A Solstice Western, is the fourth book in Tell Cotten’s Landon Saga. Rondo Landon was an outlaw, but for the last several years, he has been lawfully employed as a ranch hand for Mr. Tomlin. He’s approached by several town representatives who would like to see him as the Sheriff of Empty-lake. Rondo declines, preferring to stay away from the inevitable violence that such a position would require, until they mention the house that would go along with the job. Rondo’s been in love with Rachel Tomlin for some time now, but didn’t feel he had anything to offer a wife. A house would make a big difference. He agrees on the condition that they hire his friend and co-ranch hand, Ross Stewart, as his deputy. The two have their first problem already set out for them: Ike Nash, a wealthy rancher, has little control over his ranch hands who are coming into town and terrorizing the shop owners and townspeople.

Tell Cotten’s fourth book in the Landon Saga, Rondo, continues this Western coming of age series brilliantly. Rondo’s been doing just fine as Mr. Tomlin’s ranch hand, and his first inclination is to turn down this opportunity. In many ways, I wanted him to do just that, but understood the lure of the house. Cotten sets out a new psychological challenge for Rondo. After his somewhat violent past, how will he cope with a job that will require the legal use of violence without falling back into the mindset of that past? There’s plenty of action and suspense in Rondo, A Solstice Western, and I enjoyed seeing some of the people from Rondo’s past coming into the plot. Rondo shows restraint at times, but at others seems tempted to abuse his authority, which ratchets up the tension even more. Rondo, A Solstice Western, continues the Landon Saga magnificently and is highly recommended.