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A gripping historical Western from the author of the Spur Award nominee Brotherhood of Blood. When a greedy rancher and his hired killers murdered Lucius Dodge’s father and brother, he swore an oath of vengeance and rode out to settle the score. Then a chance meeting with Boz Tatum brought Lucius into the ranks of the Texas Rangers—and gave him a badge to back up his quest A gripping historical Western from the author of the Spur Award nominee Brotherhood of Blood. When a greedy rancher and his hired killers murdered Lucius Dodge’s father and brother, he swore an oath of vengeance and rode out to settle the score. Then a chance meeting with Boz Tatum brought Lucius into the ranks of the Texas Rangers—and gave him a badge to back up his quest for justice. Now, with the legal means to right the ultimate wrong and bring down the men who killed his family, Lucius won’t be stopped. Because a loss like his will sear a man’s soul and leave him hell-bent on revenge . . . “J. Lee Butts keeps his readers on the edge of their seats.” —True West About the Author: J. Lee Butts is the author of 22 published books and numerous magazine articles and short works. His book Brotherhood of Blood was runner-up for the Western Writers of America Spur Award in 2005. He’s worn many hats over the years (teacher, administrator, pool manager, IBM supervisor, and western author), and he and his late wife lived everywhere from Los Angeles to Dallas. Currently he’s hanging those hats back in White Hall, Arkansas.


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A gripping historical Western from the author of the Spur Award nominee Brotherhood of Blood. When a greedy rancher and his hired killers murdered Lucius Dodge’s father and brother, he swore an oath of vengeance and rode out to settle the score. Then a chance meeting with Boz Tatum brought Lucius into the ranks of the Texas Rangers—and gave him a badge to back up his quest A gripping historical Western from the author of the Spur Award nominee Brotherhood of Blood. When a greedy rancher and his hired killers murdered Lucius Dodge’s father and brother, he swore an oath of vengeance and rode out to settle the score. Then a chance meeting with Boz Tatum brought Lucius into the ranks of the Texas Rangers—and gave him a badge to back up his quest for justice. Now, with the legal means to right the ultimate wrong and bring down the men who killed his family, Lucius won’t be stopped. Because a loss like his will sear a man’s soul and leave him hell-bent on revenge . . . “J. Lee Butts keeps his readers on the edge of their seats.” —True West About the Author: J. Lee Butts is the author of 22 published books and numerous magazine articles and short works. His book Brotherhood of Blood was runner-up for the Western Writers of America Spur Award in 2005. He’s worn many hats over the years (teacher, administrator, pool manager, IBM supervisor, and western author), and he and his late wife lived everywhere from Los Angeles to Dallas. Currently he’s hanging those hats back in White Hall, Arkansas.

30 review for A Bad Day to Die: The Adventures of Lucius "By God" Dodge, Texas Ranger (Lucius Dodge Westerns Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scott Mcleod

    Lucius is hot on the trail of the killers of his father and older brother when he enters a bar in Hell's Half Acre in Houston and saves a Texas Ranger, Boz Tatum, from getting beat up or worse. Boz knows a good thing when he see's one and gets Lucius to become a Texas Ranger, but Lucius doesn't get to go after the killers just yet. Off they go on their first job together to Sweetwater Texas to get control of a small town from a bothersome family called the Nightshades. Lots of action, great char Lucius is hot on the trail of the killers of his father and older brother when he enters a bar in Hell's Half Acre in Houston and saves a Texas Ranger, Boz Tatum, from getting beat up or worse. Boz knows a good thing when he see's one and gets Lucius to become a Texas Ranger, but Lucius doesn't get to go after the killers just yet. Off they go on their first job together to Sweetwater Texas to get control of a small town from a bothersome family called the Nightshades. Lots of action, great characters and Boz and Lucius work very well together. What one doesn't think of the other one does. Boz has way more experience where Lucius is still learning the ropes but the respect for each other and how they handle things, makes this a stand out book of Western Literature. I've read this one before and will return to it again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Dray

    Excellent read. Holds your attention all the way through the book. Highly recommended. Relax and enjoy the adventure .this book would make good movie. I would go see it for sure. Give it a few minutes and it will grab you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hazelwood

    Highly recommend. What a great western. Glad I found this author. This is a true gem! Great characters. Great dialogue. Great story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Boswell

    Superb book!!! This is an excellent book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Lots of action and what you read sounds like it really happened.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter Cornell

    Great What a terrific read. Colorful is the only way to describe it. Best story I've read in a while. Not at all what I expected. Loved it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Lee Wood

    GROWING UP IN THE WEST This is a story of what it entails growing up in the west. It's almost chronicled starting from the age of eighteen. It seems the west makes you grow up quickly. The back breaking work, bushwackers,Indian raids/attacks and disease. Everything that you can think that can go wrong went wrong. This young boy at the age of eighteen saw his father and brother murdered in front of him by a rancher who was trying to buy them out or just bully them until finally accepted whatever p GROWING UP IN THE WEST This is a story of what it entails growing up in the west. It's almost chronicled starting from the age of eighteen. It seems the west makes you grow up quickly. The back breaking work, bushwackers,Indian raids/attacks and disease. Everything that you can think that can go wrong went wrong. This young boy at the age of eighteen saw his father and brother murdered in front of him by a rancher who was trying to buy them out or just bully them until finally accepted whatever price or run them off their properties. So he leaves what's left of his family to hunt down the offenders. While on this quest he aids a Texas Ranger who was overwhelmed by men he was trying to arrest. Because of his actions he's asked by the Texas Ranger did he want to join the Rangers, well he did and what follows is his life with the Texas Rangers. He experiences life and death situations constantly ranging from dried up water holes, back shooters. He learns to have eyes on everything and everyone if you want to live to see the next hour or day....your choice or not. Well he continues the hunt for the men who murdered his father and brother under the badge of the LAW. So fellow western followers enjoy this adventure as it's told to us by a TEXAS RANGER....ENJOY

  7. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    The only problem with this book is the 15 page prologue. I was so uninterested in it, I almost took the book back to the library. I ended up skipping to chapter one, and after a slow start the book really delivered. What I thought would be a simple revenge story, turned into what I thought would be a simple Texas Ranger story, which eventually turned into an complex story about the clash between official justice, and mob justice. And I have to say, I was rooting for all three parties involved at The only problem with this book is the 15 page prologue. I was so uninterested in it, I almost took the book back to the library. I ended up skipping to chapter one, and after a slow start the book really delivered. What I thought would be a simple revenge story, turned into what I thought would be a simple Texas Ranger story, which eventually turned into an complex story about the clash between official justice, and mob justice. And I have to say, I was rooting for all three parties involved at various times thought the book. This is the second Lucius Dodge book I've read, and it won't be the last...though unless the author changes his ways, I'll be skipping all of his prologues from now on.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kenny Yarbrough

    Great western I really enjoyed this book. The characters are unique .and we'll developed. The story line is original and the pace is fast. I reserve 5 stars for classic literature that I like such as "Robinson Crusoe" but "A bad day to die" is a solid 4 and on would have given it a 4.5 if I could..

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Layson

    Very good read! I enjoyed this so much I am going to find the authors other books and read them too . I can without qualification recommend this book to whoever asks .

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Butts second to none. Good western. Butts writes so well makes it seem like the reader is actually present in the story. Third time reading this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa C.

    After reading the Hayden Tilden series I found this story to be just as entertaining. Fast paced, entertaining, not for the weak of heart. He tells it like it was.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dannie Steager

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nina Stout

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Graziani

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Prell Sharp

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bud Zumsteg

  17. 5 out of 5

    William Young

  18. 5 out of 5

    John Bishop

  19. 5 out of 5

    Forrest Dee Jeffcoat

  20. 5 out of 5

    Myron Storing

  21. 5 out of 5

    edith Richardson

  22. 4 out of 5

    diane

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ben Finley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Spain

  25. 4 out of 5

    Teddie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brieanna McCormick

  28. 5 out of 5

    Les Robertson

  29. 5 out of 5

    rob

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandria

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