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Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite
It is the end of the Civil War and Frank and Jesse James and Cole Younger weren't as well known as Bloody Bill Anderson and Quantrill, yet. Then there was Charles Longstreet who was friends with the James’ and Youngers’. This is his story about a battle in the town of Lone Jack and meeting up with Ned Buntline. Buntline writes a dime novel and Charles unwittingly becomes The Lone Jack Kid. But, the story doesn't stop there. After leaving the Army, Longstreet sets out to help his brother in Virginia City who is having a spot of trouble. It is a long trip and along the way, the legend of the Lone Jack Kid grows as Longstreet meets several gunmen out to make a name for them by challenging him. As his travels continue, he helps out a wagon train and saves a mother and daughter from a group of Indians. Finally arriving in Virginia City he finds out the trouble waiting there. So, knowing he needs help, he sends for his old war friends to aid in his little war. And that is just the beginning.
"The Adventures of the Lone Jack Kid" is a well-written story. The author’s imagination sets a true tale of adventure in a raw land, only beginning to recuperate from a long deadly war. I found myself liking the Kid from the beginning as he unknowingly becomes a true western hero. With swagger and guns blazing, the Kid is determined to do what he thinks best, or else . . . Well done.