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I received the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.
I jumped at the chance to review a Louis L'Amour audiobook. This was not a book I remember specifically reading in my formative years, although we were warned at the start that this was the original short story that L'Amour wrote. Rafe's name seems familiar though.
L'Amour's books have always been about strong men, and strong women; about taming the west, and the high seas. This book combines both.
Rafe Caradec was shanghai'd out of San Francisco and escapes the ship with a couple other men. He promised Charles Rodney he would protect the man's daughter, before Rodney was beaten to death. Rafe travels to the Painted Rock with two of the four men who escaped the ship with him, only to discover that Anne Rodney believed her father had died long before Rafe told her he had. She was engaged to a man who held the mortgage on the ranch her father owned ..... the mortgage that Charles Rodney had paid off before he was shanghai'd.
What follows is typical L'Amour fare .... Rafe trying to find out why the ranch was important, Anne certain he was there to take the ranch from her, and the bad men who were the ones who actually wanted the ranch. Of course, Anne eventually sees through her fiance's story, and his partner's duplicity, and comes to realize Rafe had the right of things. And Rafe, being Rafe, is true to his word about taking the man down.
The narrator's voice was matter of fact, there seemed to be the occasional hiccup with the recording of the audiobook, but only slightly. Very enjoyable.