Item description for Outlaw Marshal (Return Of The Stranger V1) by Al Lacy & JoAnna Lacy...
Overview For Chief U.S. Marshal John Brockman, becoming a friend to former outlaw Whip Langford is easy. With Brockman strongly encouraging him to accept salvation, Langford determines to go straight. He won't turn his life over to Christ, but he won't go back to a life of crime either.
John "The Stranger" Brockman is back by popular demand For Chief U.S. Marshal John Brockman, becoming a friend to former outlaw Whip Langford is easy. Saving his life is more complicated. With John Brockman strongly encouraging him to accept salvation, former outlaw Whipley Langford determines to go straight. He won't turn his life over to Christ, but he won't go back to a life of robbing banks and trains either. It's not long before Whip is tracking old acquaintances, acting as a lawman without actually being one. Whip intercepts a train robbery and catches two of the thieves, but the two who escape frame him for murder. John must ride hard and fast to save his friend from the noose, because it's not only John Brockman who has grown fond of Whip. Beautiful widow Annabeth Cooper's heart is also at stake.
Citations And Professional Reviews Outlaw Marshal (Return Of The Stranger V1) by Al Lacy & JoAnna Lacy has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 01/01/2009 page 62
Library Journal - 11/01/2008 page 52
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.02" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 6, 2009
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Return Of The Stranger
Series Number 1
ISBN 1601420544 ISBN13 9781601420541
Availability 0 units.
More About Al Lacy & JoAnna Lacy
Al Lacy has written more than ninety novels, including the Angel of Mercy, Battles of Destiny, and Journeys of the Stranger series. JoAnna Lacy, Al s wife and longtime collaborator, is a retired nurse. The Lacys are coauthors of the Mail Order Bride, Hannah of Fort Bridger, and Shadow of Liberty series. They make their home in the Colorado Rockies."
Al Lacy currently resides in the state of Colorado.
Al Lacy has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Outlaw Marshal (Return Of The Stranger V1)?
A Real Letdown! Feb 16, 2010
It's hard for me to say this about this first book in "The Return of the Stranger" series. Al Lacy's original seven part series: "The Journeys of the Stranger" are classic! I still have all the books and look forward to reading them to my grand children in a few years. But this current book, "Outlaw Marshal", is nothing like the originals. It's filled with boring, redundant dialog and syrupy spirituality. I was so looking forward to this book coming out ... but what a letdown!
Not my cup of tea Jun 11, 2009
Having never read anything by these authors I didn't know what to expect. I did notice they have a good following from their previous series, and from the blurb on the back of the book I expected a Christian western with a touch of romance thrown in. I must say it is heavy on the Christian part.
I thoroughly enjoy reading Christian fiction but this just wasn't my cup of tea. I got through half of the book before I just couldn't keep reading. I don't care for cheesy, preachy Christian fiction and in my opinion this qualified for both. I'm not saying it's a bad book, though. It just appeals to a certain audience and I am not it.
I didn't connect with any of the characters because they all were so perfect and almost every conversation was about God and salvation and quoting scripture. That's not a bad thing, but it felt overboard to me so that it didn't feel believable. It was more of a utopia kind of world. Brothers and sisters never fussed and were always kind to each other, the wife was perfectly cheery all the time, the lawman husband always got his man and converted his convicts to Christ, and even the bad guys were perfect bad guys.
Obviously there are plenty of people who love this kind of book because the authors decided to write it when they kept receiving so many requests for a continuation on The Stranger series. And even though I didn't finish the book I felt compelled to write what I knew so other readers can judge for themselves if they think they would enjoy it or not.
Huge disappointment May 23, 2009
I bought this book because I did something that we are always taught not to do. I judged the book by it's cover! I got half way through and couldn't force myself to continue. I had better books to read. I have never read such a fake book in all my life. Literally, almost every page had unrealistic references and aspects to a Christian life. John practically wore a halo around his head. I don't have anything against good people but John was portrayed as beyond perfect. Where was his humanity? Was he not born in sin like the rest of us??????? His family was beyond perfect too! His kids' most common phrase was, "Amen, praise the Lord!" I don't know a single child who says that on a very occasional basis in real life. It wasn't just the children who said "Amen, praise the Lord" but every one on pretty much every page. I thought the dialogue, the constant random crying, and the advertising of who was a christian was very over the top. I won't be lining up to buy any more books by these authors, christian or not. Just because they are Christian doesn't make them good authors! Anyone who is reading this review can remember that you are entitled to your own opinion and it might be something you'd enjoy if you like books like that. It just wasn't for me. I like Christian books whose characters are flawed and make mistakes. Even the greatest Book of all times , the Bible, has flawed characters. David lusted and murdered and God still loved him anyway. Jonah tried turning his back away from God, but was still loved anyhow. They were born in sin!!! Phew!! I'm glad to get that into the open.
could have been better Feb 27, 2009
While the plot of this book would make a good story, the writing was driving me a bit crazy while reading it. I read all the original Journey's books and most of the Mercy books as well. Either my memory is faulty, or this book has much more.... uh... how do I put this? Well, first off, everyone, and I mean everyone cries happy tears. huh? In real life, almost nobody cries happy tears... at least not that I've noticed. I've seen it, but it's rare. In this book, it seems like it happens nearly every day. So often that I was tired of it before too long. It wasn't just the tears. It was also the way John Brockman was praised everwhere he went. I know he is the main hero of the book, but it was over the top. Near the end (spoiler alert), when John was riding hard to save Whips life, the things he was encountering on his way started to make me laugh. The old man falling? Why not have a few old ladies crossing the path and make him wait for them? There were parts of the book that were interesting, but I found the book just down right unbelievable. The past stranger books were also unbelievable, but that's what made them fun. This one was way over the top. I was waiting for John to start flying with a cape. Additionally, the family portrayal is not realistic. This family doesn't have one bit of conflict through the whole book. Even the kids are perfect, always. I understand that the author(s) may want to portray an ideal christian family, but they should at least try to make it believable. Anyway, I gave this 3 stars because I enjoyed the previous series so much, and there is some of that here too. It was just too sentimental for my taste. Probably the influence of Joanna. I read one and a half books in the Orphan Train Trilogy, authored by both Al and Joanna, and the were written the same way. Half way through the second, I had to stop. Al should have gone it alone on these books. Nothing against Joanna really, it's just that I liked the originals for a reason. We wouldn't want to read about these characters from a different author, so why bring in a co-author?
Probably a good book, but not my taste Feb 16, 2009
Outlaw Marshal by Al and JoAnna Lacy is where the Old West meets Gospel tent meeting. I have to admit, this book wasn't really my taste -- I'm not a fan of westerns and I also thought it was a little simplistic and heavy-handed with its "get saved" message. I think this is a matter of personal taste, rather than a defect in the novel.