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In his bid for justice, a courageous law-man aims dead center when he is called home to settle deadly scores. Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far-from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. A tough case in Waco has jeopardized Yates's chances at promotion, and he In his bid for justice, a courageous law-man aims dead center when he is called home to settle deadly scores. Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far-from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. A tough case in Waco has jeopardized Yates's chances at promotion, and he decides to take time off to recharge with his family in their small-town hometown, Redbud. He arrives and finds a horrifying crime scene-and a scathing accusation: He is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act ever was deciding to end her marriage to a Ranger. At Anne's funeral, Yates moves the congregation to tears with a beloved hymn. Anne's new husband, Calvin Richards, is there, and Yates has questions that no one else seems to be asking. The investigation is out of his jurisdiction-plus he is a chief suspect-but Rory's drive to learn what happened isn't about self-preservation. For himself, for Anne, his hunt for justice transcends all boundaries. When the killer strikes again, Rory's urgent search bursts across state borders onto the national scene. He risks his badge, his pride, his reputation among everyone he loves, and even the trust of the woman he's recently begun seeing, to pursue the only thing that matters. Yates follows the Ranger creed-never to surrender-into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered. That code just might bring him out alive.


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In his bid for justice, a courageous law-man aims dead center when he is called home to settle deadly scores. Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far-from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. A tough case in Waco has jeopardized Yates's chances at promotion, and he In his bid for justice, a courageous law-man aims dead center when he is called home to settle deadly scores. Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far-from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. A tough case in Waco has jeopardized Yates's chances at promotion, and he decides to take time off to recharge with his family in their small-town hometown, Redbud. He arrives and finds a horrifying crime scene-and a scathing accusation: He is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act ever was deciding to end her marriage to a Ranger. At Anne's funeral, Yates moves the congregation to tears with a beloved hymn. Anne's new husband, Calvin Richards, is there, and Yates has questions that no one else seems to be asking. The investigation is out of his jurisdiction-plus he is a chief suspect-but Rory's drive to learn what happened isn't about self-preservation. For himself, for Anne, his hunt for justice transcends all boundaries. When the killer strikes again, Rory's urgent search bursts across state borders onto the national scene. He risks his badge, his pride, his reputation among everyone he loves, and even the trust of the woman he's recently begun seeing, to pursue the only thing that matters. Yates follows the Ranger creed-never to surrender-into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered. That code just might bring him out alive.

30 review for Texas Ranger

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    In another of his endless collaborations, James Patterson has called on Aaron Bourelle to work alongside him on this standalone novel. Part murder mystery, part protagonist self-discovery, this piece takes the reader down to the heart of Texas. Rory Yates is part of the elite Texas Rangers, one of only two hundred in the entire state. Best known for his quick draw capabilities, Yates has found himself in a few situations of shooting first and asking questions later. After one such event, he take In another of his endless collaborations, James Patterson has called on Aaron Bourelle to work alongside him on this standalone novel. Part murder mystery, part protagonist self-discovery, this piece takes the reader down to the heart of Texas. Rory Yates is part of the elite Texas Rangers, one of only two hundred in the entire state. Best known for his quick draw capabilities, Yates has found himself in a few situations of shooting first and asking questions later. After one such event, he takes a call from his ex-wife, Anne, who’s been getting creepy messages and items left on her property. Yates makes his way across the state to check on her, only to find her dead body. Yates is soon cleared as a suspect, but has an idea who might be responsible and pushes the local police to investigate. While he may be a Ranger, this is one case that Rory Yates will not be welcome to join, officially. Back in his hometown and trying to chase down leads, Yates reconnects with his family and some of his former sweethearts, all of whom help stir up scores of emotions and memories from his time as a child and being married to Anne. With a killer on the loose, Yates cannot let his past cloud the present, even if it means turning down new love, or rekindling a past flame. When another person close to Yates turn up dead, stalked in the same manner, Yates is sure the killer has him in the crosshairs and will do whatever it takes, legal or not, to end this. Patterson and Bourelle have an interesting one-off novel here that seeks to pull the reader in from the outset. Perfect for those who have travel plans or need some beach reading. Patterson collaborations always fill a gap between substantive reads and this one is decent enough to recommend without hesitation. I have come to realise that while many see the name James Patterson and flock to the book, I tend to give it a second thought, having been on the rollercoaster ride that is the Patterson Express. One can never know what to expect, particularly with one-off novels. That said, Bourelle has made a name for himself with some stronger collaborative efforts—Patterson’s BookShots—and so I trust something of a higher caliber when I see their joint efforts. This story worked well and kept me reading, which says a lot when it comes to the massive pile of books I have to read. Rory Yates is an interesting protagonist, by no means unique, but the spin put on this rough exterior cop is one that kept me intrigued throughout. I was not sure how Patterson and Bourelle might have approached him, but they did well to offer a hard-nosed man who demands respect with a soft side when it comes to those he loves. Yates has that ‘nothing will stop me’ mentality, perfect for a stubborn cop, though does not reek of ‘redneck traditionalism’, should such a stereotype deserve a formal label. The handful of other characters who influence Yates’ progress in the novel serve to eke out interesting tidbits about the protagonist and his backstory without taking the reader down too many rabbit holes and losing momentum throughout the narrative. The story is surely interesting, as it gives the reader a glimpse into how a cop might handle a murder investigation of someone close to them, though keeps a unique angle as the narrative progresses by tossing sub-plots related to self-discovery throughout. With little time to waste, the authors push forward and force the reader to juggle both types of storyline simultaneously. Using Patterson’s trademark short chapters full of cliffhangers, the story never has a chance to slow and the resolution comes crashing through the gates in the closing pages, with that lingering wonder throughout who might be responsible. My rating has nothing to do with the quality of the book, but more that I want to be blown out of the water, as Patterson has been known to do on the rare occasion. A decent story, but I would not offer up a ‘stellar’ label at this point. Kudos, Messrs. Patterson and Bourelle, for your ongoing collaborative work. I can see wonderful things within these pages and hope you’ll find more time to write in the coming months and years. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Many hours away and on a case, Texas Ranger Rory Yates finally managed to call his ex-wife, who had left several messages. She was frightened; she was being harassed – Anne asked could Rory come home. Although Rory and Anne’s marriage had been strained because of his job, they were better friends after the divorce. So it was natural that he would head back to his old home town of Redbud, to help Anne through whatever was happening to her. But he was too late – Anne was dead; and her murder was b Many hours away and on a case, Texas Ranger Rory Yates finally managed to call his ex-wife, who had left several messages. She was frightened; she was being harassed – Anne asked could Rory come home. Although Rory and Anne’s marriage had been strained because of his job, they were better friends after the divorce. So it was natural that he would head back to his old home town of Redbud, to help Anne through whatever was happening to her. But he was too late – Anne was dead; and her murder was brutal. Rory was refused any contact with the investigation and he believed the cop in charge wasn’t doing a competent job. When a second murder occurred, he decided, against orders, to do his own investigation. Rory needed answers. In the meantime, Rory was surrounded by people who cared – his parents, brothers and their wives plus Anne’s parents. All understood what he was going through and encouraged him to find the solution to who had shattered lives. But could he? Would he? His decision could cost him his position in the Rangers; he didn’t want that, but knew he needed results more. Texas Rangers by James Patterson is a blend of fast-paced action, and slow, emotional downtime. Rory is a stubborn, tough cop – perfect for the elite of the Texas Rangers – but he has a soft and gentle side to him when it concerns his loved ones. An enjoyable read, Texas Rangers is a crime/mystery novel I don’t hesitate to recommend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    There are a few issues with this story around a hot-headed ranger and his conclusions. Mostly, the story was too predictable until the end when it's too late. 6 of 10 stars There are a few issues with this story around a hot-headed ranger and his conclusions. Mostly, the story was too predictable until the end when it's too late. 6 of 10 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Let me be honest up front. I read most of James Patterson’s books and have for several years. Some might ask why and that’s another whole discussion best saved for another day. I have really enjoyed some, liked some, and didn’t really care for others. For the most part, I treat them like mind candy and don’t consider them to be too memorable. However, once in a while I am pleasantly surprised with a gem that shines. “Texas Ranger” was one of those nice blessings that caught me off-guard and deli Let me be honest up front. I read most of James Patterson’s books and have for several years. Some might ask why and that’s another whole discussion best saved for another day. I have really enjoyed some, liked some, and didn’t really care for others. For the most part, I treat them like mind candy and don’t consider them to be too memorable. However, once in a while I am pleasantly surprised with a gem that shines. “Texas Ranger” was one of those nice blessings that caught me off-guard and delivered a winning read. “Texas Ranger” is about Rory Yates, an overly dedicated lawman who has been punished because of his lightning fast ability to draw and outshoot the criminals he comes in contact with. Rory just finishes up with capturing a felon responsible for transporting and holding illegal immigrants for extortion money from relatives, when his ex-wife, Anne, calls for help. Anne is a high school teacher who still lives in Rory’s hometown of Redbud, along with his family and friends. She has been receiving death threats and she needs his help. Anne is and always has been the love-of-Rory’s life, even when his job cost him their marriage. When Rory arrives in town he is shocked to find that Anne has been murdered, shot 6 times in her home at close range. Even worse, Rory is considered a suspect by his hometown police. Rory’s attention is directed at Calvin Richards, Anne’s ex-boyfriend, who broke up with her and left town days before she was killed. Rory had arrested Calvin in the past and their mutual love for Anne has always made them enemies. Rory is told to back off and let the local investigators do their job or his career will be at risk, but that cannot stop him trying to gain justice for Anne. Although this is not a new storyline for any of us, it is still well-delivered with a multi-layered and flawed cast. Rory is well intentioned, but emotional and makes some dumb mistakes. Other characters are also introduced, most with more depth than most Patterson related novels. Rory’s family, including a father, who’s wisdom and influence on Rory plays a key part in keeping him from unraveling. Rory’s friends from high school, including Freddy Hernandez, now the County Medical Examiner, and Anne’s two best friends – Sara Beth and Patty – both of whom have known and dated Rory before and after his divorce with Anne. And that doesn’t include Willow, the new country singer at the local western bar, who Rory finds himself being drawn too. Each of these characters add an extra layer or realness and interest to the plot as Rory tries to find the killer. I know that Patterson has teamed up with several different writers over the years, but this time with Andrew Bourelle is different. The overall plotting is still standard Patterson, but that’s where is seems to end in many ways. First, the setting is a key ingredient. You really feel like you are in small town, Texas. The geography, the buildings, the vehicles, the local western bar, and especially the songs that are played and sung all contribute to an ambience that highlights the story being told. Second, as mentioned before, the characters are multi-dimensional and flawed. They are real and interesting. Third, the story has a certain smooth rhythm that ebbs and flows like a classic country or rock song. Although Patterson novels are fast-paced, the tempo, flow of words, and transition from scene to scene just seem to work together in unison better in this particular book. And just in case you think that I am ignoring some of the key weaknesses with Patterson’s books, I am not. Were there were moments that weren’t realistic? Yes. I recognize that. But do we read Patterson for that reason? No way. We read him for the emotional and heart-wrenching thrillers that help us escape our daily grind and enjoy an exciting read that makes us forget about all else. And when the story works well, we tend to set aside those obvious plot weaknesses. Overall, Patterson and Bourelle’s first time partnership pays off in a positive way, at least for this reader. I don’t know why it and I don’t care. I just thoroughly enjoyed it. When I picked up my recent batch of books from the library, there were more than normal, and I thought maybe I should skip this one. I am so glad that I didn’t. It was the definition of a guilty pleasure for all of the right reasons. If you only read one or two books by James Patterson this year, please make sure this is one of them. I promise you will be worth read. Like some of Patterson’s other esteemed characters, like Alex Cross, I cannot wait to visit Rory Yates again, as well as his family and hometown again. James Patterson – please connect with Andrew Bourelle again to continue Rory’s story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Wessman

    A Major Disappointment! I felt like I was in High School! James Patterson is getting lazy, or just doesn't care anymore, what he puts his name on. A grown man, a Texas Ranger, behaving like a kid in Highschool. The great QB, with his harem of Cheerleaders! Having slept and dated every one of them! Exciting! Geez! He is a narcissist, thinking he's God's gift to women. And a lousy Lawman, on top of it! Back to the drawing board, Mr. Patterson! A Major Disappointment! I felt like I was in High School! James Patterson is getting lazy, or just doesn't care anymore, what he puts his name on. A grown man, a Texas Ranger, behaving like a kid in Highschool. The great QB, with his harem of Cheerleaders! Having slept and dated every one of them! Exciting! Geez! He is a narcissist, thinking he's God's gift to women. And a lousy Lawman, on top of it! Back to the drawing board, Mr. Patterson!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    It seems to always be a hit or miss when you wade through an endless library of James Patterson books. This one I was pleasantly surprised. It was entertaining and pretty well written with short chapters which Patterson is known for. Rory Yates is a stubborn, tough cop – perfect for the Texas Rangers but he also has a gentle side when it concerns his loved ones. From Waco, TX to New Jersey, the story follows his efforts to find the killer ... one of the people murdered is his ex-wife. I didn't g It seems to always be a hit or miss when you wade through an endless library of James Patterson books. This one I was pleasantly surprised. It was entertaining and pretty well written with short chapters which Patterson is known for. Rory Yates is a stubborn, tough cop – perfect for the Texas Rangers but he also has a gentle side when it concerns his loved ones. From Waco, TX to New Jersey, the story follows his efforts to find the killer ... one of the people murdered is his ex-wife. I didn't guess the killer right off the bat which was a good thing. Actually when the killer was revealed I was a bit shocked. References to Texas things like Shiner Bock, Whataburger and a few others gave it a real Texas feel since those are common down there. Overall it was a fun, enjoyable read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    3.5 stars, actually. In essence, this is a 46-page short story; entertaining and easy to read, yes, but a short story nonetheless. It's even too short (and certainly too costly) to be a fit with the author's BookShots series (books that are 150 pages or less and sell for under $5), so I have to wonder what's behind it. Perhaps the hope of a new series featuring Texas Ranger Rory Yates? A made-for-TV movie? Time will tell, I guess. Meantime, if you like cops-and-robber stories and/or need somethin 3.5 stars, actually. In essence, this is a 46-page short story; entertaining and easy to read, yes, but a short story nonetheless. It's even too short (and certainly too costly) to be a fit with the author's BookShots series (books that are 150 pages or less and sell for under $5), so I have to wonder what's behind it. Perhaps the hope of a new series featuring Texas Ranger Rory Yates? A made-for-TV movie? Time will tell, I guess. Meantime, if you like cops-and-robber stories and/or need something you can polish off while waiting at the dentist's office, you might want to give this one a look. In the middle of a hostage situation which his well-known skill with a gun takes care of, Rory is unable to respond to a call from his ex-wife Anne (they're divorced, but he's still very much in love with her). When he finally gets free and returns her call, she's clearly terrified; it seems she's been getting threatening phone calls and is sure she's in physical danger. That upsets Rory, who immediately starts the four-hour drive to his home town to see her. When his on-the-way calls aren't returned, he freaks out, breaking all speed limits to get to her fast. But alas, it's not fast enough. He arrives at her home - the one they used to share - to find that she's been murdered. Not too surprisingly, he becomes an early-on suspect - as does the new man in her life, a trucker with whom, from everyone's perspective except Rory, she's totally in love. Of course, Rory is told in no uncertain terms to stay away from the investigation; also of course, he doesn't listen. As an aside, at this point he begins to annoy me as much as the heroines from cozy mysteries who forge ahead, never heeding anyone's advice, warnings or ultimatims (but who, after they've solved the problem, somehow manage to end up forgiven by everyone and free to go do it all over again). In this case, Rory crosses so many Texas Ranger lines that, had all this happened in real life, I have no doubt he'd have become Texas toast in their eyes. The story follows his efforts to find a killer who, when another murdered woman turns up, appears to be on a roll. Along the way, he learns a few things he really doesn't want to know about his ex-wife (and himself). In short - and I emphasize the short - there's plenty of action and even some edge-of-seat moments until the end (which took me roughly a couple of hours to reach while watching the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers play to a tie in their NFL season opener).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    In Patterson's Western thriller, a Texas Ranger fights for his life, his freedom, and the town he loves as he investigates his ex-wife's murder. Across the ranch lands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law enforcement skills have carried him far from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. He arrives in his hometown to find a horrifying crime scene and and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife Anne, a devoted teac In Patterson's Western thriller, a Texas Ranger fights for his life, his freedom, and the town he loves as he investigates his ex-wife's murder. Across the ranch lands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law enforcement skills have carried him far from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. He arrives in his hometown to find a horrifying crime scene and and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act was ending her marriage to a Ranger. In search of the killer, Yates plunges into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered, vowing to never surrender. That code just might bring him out alive. Patterson teams up with Andrew Bourelle, the Albuquerque-based English professor and ex-journalist who 2016 debut novel, "Heavy Metal," won the Autumn House Fiction Prize. How cool is that. Another Albuquerque boy. I was so excited to learn about him. This “Texas Ranger” is Rory Yates, an ex-highway patrolman in his mid-thirties. He’s also a former high-school quarterback, passable country-western musician and crack shot with a .45 who, at one point, blows away a diamondback who had been sunning itself on his porch. It’s possible to imagine Patterson and Bourelle checking off pretty much every stereotypical-Texan box they can think of, one by one. That said, the “Texas Ranger” version of the Lone Star State still isn’t terribly far divorced from reality. A lot of the action takes place at a roadhouse just outside of town called the Pale Horse. Rory’s crusty Ranger boss says things like “busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest.” His parents live on a ranch, and everybody drives pickup trucks. As a lawman, Rory is something of a loose cannon. “Texas Ranger” begins as he’s been reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley after a questionable shooting near Waco, where he lives in the one-stoplight town of Redbud. But by the time he gets home, Anne, his schoolteacher ex-wife, has been murdered. But Anne had moved on. This “Texas Ranger” is Rory Yates, an ex-highway patrolman in his mid-thirties. He’s also a former high-school quarterback, passable country-western musician and crack shot with a .45 who, at one point, blows away a diamondback who had been sunning itself on his porch. It’s possible to imagine Patterson and Bourelle checking off pretty much every stereotypical-Texan box they can think of, one by one. That said, the “Texas Ranger” version of the Lone Star State still isn’t terribly far divorced from reality. A lot of the action takes place at a roadhouse just outside of town called the Pale Horse. Rory’s crusty Ranger boss says things like “busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.” His parents live on a ranch, and everybody drives pickup trucks. As a lawman, Rory is something of a loose cannon. “Texas Ranger” begins as he’s been reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley after a questionable shooting near Waco, where he lives in the one-stoplight town of Redbud. But by the time he gets home, Anne, his schoolteacher ex-wife, has been murdered. But Anne had moved on. When it comes to suspects, Rory only has eyes for her most recent flame Cal Richards, a long-haul trucker and onetime dope dealer whom Rory has already arrested twice. The by-the-book detective assigned to the case warns him to stay out of it, but you know how that sort of thing goes. Soon enough Rory is the detective’s No. 1 suspect. He instigates a brawl with Cal at Anne’s funeral and is so convinced that Cal is the killer — even chasing him all the way to New Jersey — that the novel’s central question becomes whether Rory’s obsession with Cal will blind him to the other possible killers until it’s too late. As a purely enjoyable mystery, “Texas Ranger” isn’t half bad. Patterson and Bourelle’s rapid-fire chapters squeeze in plenty of dishy small-town drama on top of the murder case: Rory’s dad reveals he has cancer; one of his brothers, a new father, spends a little too much time at the Pale Horse; and two women Rory had previously dated slip back into his life almost right away. At Anne’s funeral, no less. But starting with Part 2, Patterson and Bourelle alternate Rory’s narration with chapters that highlight Cal’s point of view. Widening the perspective adds real depth to Cal’s character (a rarity in the novel) and lends Rory’s Ahab-like efforts to prove his trucker nemesis is a murderer a touch of tragic irony. It also turns the Garth Brooks song “Callin’ Baton Rouge” into a significant plot point. By this point, the story is picking up speed like a semi barreling down the Interstate. Patterson and Bourelle have planted enough clues that when Anne’s killer is revealed, it makes complete sense but still comes as something of a surprise. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have been. When it comes to suspects, Rory only has eyes for his most recent flame Cal Richards, a long-haul trucker and one time dope dealer whom Rory has already arrested twice. The by-the-book detective assigned to the case warns him to stay out of it, but you know how that sort of thing goes. Soon enough Rory is the detective’s No. 1 suspect. He instigates a brawl with Cal at Anne’s funeral and is so convinced that Cal is the killer — even chasing him all the way to New Jersey — that the novel’s central question becomes whether Rory’s obsession with Cal will blind him to the other possible killers until it’s too late. And for some reason, the authors decided to tell Rory’s story in the first-person present tense — “I drive,” “I shoot,” “I laugh,” etc. — which takes some getting used to. Real lawmen don’t write like that in their notebooks, do they? But starting with Part 2, Patterson and Bourelle alternate Rory’s narration with chapters that highlight Cal’s point of view. Widening the perspective adds real depth to Cal’s character (a rarity in the novel) and lends Rory’s Ahab-like efforts to prove his trucker nemesis is a murderer a touch of tragic irony. It also turns the Garth Brooks song “Callin’ Baton Rouge” into a significant plot point. This “Texas Ranger” is Rory Yates, an ex-highway patrolman in his mid-thirties. He’s also a former high-school quarterback, passable country-western musician and crack shot with a .45 who, at one point, blows away a diamondback who had been sunning itself on his porch. It’s possible to imagine Patterson and Bourelle checking off pretty much every stereotypical-Texan box they can think of, one by one. That said, the “Texas Ranger” version of the Lone Star State still isn’t terribly far divorced from reality. A lot of the action takes place at a roadhouse just outside of town called the Pale Horse. Rory’s crusty Ranger boss says things like “busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.” His parents live on a ranch, and everybody drives pickup trucks. As a lawman, Rory is something of a loose cannon. “Texas Ranger” begins as he’s been reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley after a questionable shooting near Waco, where he lives in the one-stoplight town of Redbud. But by the time he gets home, Anne, his schoolteacher ex-wife, has been murdered. Their split was amicable, but not at first. Rory came to realize, to his everlasting regret, that he had been in fact married to his badge. (Stop me if you’ve heard that one before, too.) But Anne had moved on. When it comes to suspects, Rory only has eyes for her most recent flame Cal Richards, a long-haul trucker and one time dope dealer whom Rory has already arrested twice. The by-the-book detective assigned to the case warns him to stay out of it, but you know how that sort of thing goes. Soon enough Rory is the detective’s No. 1 suspect. He instigates a brawl with Cal at Anne’s funeral and is so convinced that Cal is the killer — even chasing him all the way to New Jersey — that the novel’s central question becomes whether Rory’s obsession with Cal will blind him to the other possible killers until it’s too late. As a purely disposable mystery, “Texas Ranger” isn’t half bad. Patterson and Bourelle’s rapid-fire chapters squeeze in plenty of dishy small-town drama on top of the murder case: Rory’s dad reveals he has cancer; one of his brothers, a new father, spends a little too much time at the Pale Horse; and two women Rory had previously dated slip back into his life almost right away. At Anne’s funeral, no less. And for some reason, the authors decided to tell Rory’s story in the first-person present tense — “I drive,” “I shoot,” “I laugh,” etc. — which takes some getting used to. Real lawmen don’t write like that in their notebooks, do they? But that’s the mark of an effective mystery. The references to Shiner Bock and Whataburger in “Texas Ranger” might come off a little arbitrary, but so what? Most fans of Patterson’s easy-reading, high-tension thrillers likely won’t raise their hackles at such trivial matters. Very entertaining book, highly recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scott A. Miller

    This might be the beginning of another really good Patterson series. Not quite, but almost 4 stars. Rory has the potential to grow. This story was fun if a little simple. Maybe I figured it out too soon. But the potential is there. Simple, easy fun.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I actually found this collaboration pretty entertaining. The characters were well written and the plot moved at a good pace. I did not guess who the killer was correctly and when the reveal happens I was a bit shocked to be honest. My quick and simple overall: quick entertaining read with a good plot and cast.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Huether

    Rory Yates...a Texas Ranger always ready to catch the law breaker. It's a different game when there are murders in his home town. First his ex-wife Anne, then his old high school sweetheart. There's a saying "The Texas Ranger always gets his man" It was not a man this time. I found this book to be a little simplistic. Rory Yates...a Texas Ranger always ready to catch the law breaker. It's a different game when there are murders in his home town. First his ex-wife Anne, then his old high school sweetheart. There's a saying "The Texas Ranger always gets his man" It was not a man this time. I found this book to be a little simplistic.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Texas Ranger James Patterson, Andrew Bourelle Holy cow people!! TEXAS RANGER blew my mind, totally screwed with my head, and then blew my mind once again! It was that good! All while I was reading, I totally had it figured out only to be wrong over and over again! I love when an author keeps me guessing. I know many people don't read James Patterson anymore but I truly think they are missing out! I know they think he turns out too many books in a year but he always keeps me highly entertained and Texas Ranger James Patterson, Andrew Bourelle Holy cow people!! TEXAS RANGER blew my mind, totally screwed with my head, and then blew my mind once again! It was that good! All while I was reading, I totally had it figured out only to be wrong over and over again! I love when an author keeps me guessing. I know many people don't read James Patterson anymore but I truly think they are missing out! I know they think he turns out too many books in a year but he always keeps me highly entertained and TEXAS RANGER was no exception! TEXAS RANGER goes back and forth between the past and the present. It's the story of Rory Yates who is a Texas Ranger. He receives a phone call from his ex wife, Anne, telling him she is getting very nasty phones calls, threatening harm, and is freaked out by them. Rory races to her house, a house they used to share but he is hours away. He tries to keep her on the phone until he gets there, but when he does, he is too late! Anne is dead and he is a suspect! Hold on tight people, the ride is a bumpy and crazy one! Not long after this all goes down, his old friend, Patty, is also killed! Anne and Patty are dead and the detective investigating their murders thinks Rory did it. Rory thinks it was Anne's ex, Cal, whom Rory has never liked. The whole town thinks Cal is an all right guy except for Rory. Rory wants answers and wants them now. Even though the detective tells him to stay away, he can't. The love of his life was killed and he is determined to prove it was Cal who did it. Does a story get any better than this? The twists and turns in TEXAS RANGER are going to keep you up late into the night trying to figure it out. One minute you believe you know who did it and the next you are sitting there shaking your head, wondering what the heck just happened. I had my suspicions, I had it all figured out, or so I thought, and BAM.......wrong again! Once you start reading, trust me, you aren't going to be able to stop! When everything is finally revealed, well, you won't believe it! I really hope James Patterson writes with Andrew Bourelle again. I would love to meet up with all the characters of Redbud, Texas once again!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    This is a best a below average Jame Patterson novel. The story was interesting with a surprising ending. Unfortunately the principal character I found one of the most irritating ever, possibly as throughout the story he was almost deified but, to me, he was an exceeding poor example of a dedicated law enforcement professional. Admittedly he had a truly catastrophic personal loss which they used as justification for his disgustingly unprofessional actions nonetheless he personified the improper u This is a best a below average Jame Patterson novel. The story was interesting with a surprising ending. Unfortunately the principal character I found one of the most irritating ever, possibly as throughout the story he was almost deified but, to me, he was an exceeding poor example of a dedicated law enforcement professional. Admittedly he had a truly catastrophic personal loss which they used as justification for his disgustingly unprofessional actions nonetheless he personified the improper use of power and if allowed would have been judge and jury to quell is personal emotions. Beyond serious problems with the primary character the other characters were entirely cardboard and just there to support the primary and serve no other purpose. Unfortunately the took a potentially interesting story line and left it hanging with no real support. Even for the staunch Patterson fan I would have hard time recommending this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I would have liked to give it a 3.5. This book was a good one but to me it was a bit boring. I worked it out in the first 3 chapters then had to wait until it played itself out. It was slow to the point of me sighing as I turned the pages. Needed more action.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A great holiday read. Yes the story line, after the first few chapters , is predictable. But sometimes it is good to just sit down and unwind by reading a nice solid book, that is mentally undemanding.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Informed Citizen

    This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly - it should be hurled away with great force - (credit goes to Dorothy Parker - although some disagreement about provenance exists) I can't believe James Patterson put his name on this. I honestly thought this was mislabeled - it should be a young adult book - but giving it that label is an insult to young adults. I should have trusted my instincts and stopped. Now I can never retrieve the time wasted on this drivel. The plot is predictably simple minded This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly - it should be hurled away with great force - (credit goes to Dorothy Parker - although some disagreement about provenance exists) I can't believe James Patterson put his name on this. I honestly thought this was mislabeled - it should be a young adult book - but giving it that label is an insult to young adults. I should have trusted my instincts and stopped. Now I can never retrieve the time wasted on this drivel. The plot is predictably simple minded - the so-called plot twist at the end is telegraphed several times many chapters before. There are truly weak attempts to hint at things not being as they seem - or to suggest the distraction the authors try to build is genuine but sadly things are exactly as expected. The characters are simpering, juvenile and have no depth. One dimensional is a kind description. Half the book is about how Rory, the purported tough Texas Ranger, simpers about who likes him, who he likes - he sounds like a middle schooler. horrible - wouldn't get a passing grade in any high school English class.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Lucas

    James Patterson’s TEXAS RANGER is phenomenal! I absolutely loved this book. I was enthralled from the beginning to the conclusion. Rory Yates has become my new badass cop, but being a Texas Ranger just added to his rough-tough disposition. After being relocated to the Texas Border town of McAllen, Texas after shooting a man in Waco, his superiors figured he was safer down there until the investigation into the shooting has been resolved. As Rory is finishing up a Border bust, his cell rings. Ann his James Patterson’s TEXAS RANGER is phenomenal! I absolutely loved this book. I was enthralled from the beginning to the conclusion. Rory Yates has become my new badass cop, but being a Texas Ranger just added to his rough-tough disposition. After being relocated to the Texas Border town of McAllen, Texas after shooting a man in Waco, his superiors figured he was safer down there until the investigation into the shooting has been resolved. As Rory is finishing up a Border bust, his cell rings. Ann his ex-wife is frantic and scared to death... someone is threatening to kill her. As he heads north 7 hours to Waco to find out who is behind the threatening calls, he just prays he makes it in time. He arrives in Waco to flashing lights and multiple law enforcement surrounding his former neighborhood, to be exact Ann’s Home. Rory knows he didn’t make it in time, he just hopes Ann will still be alive to forgive him. Riveting, fast-paced, and captivating, my favorite James Patterson book to date.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Midgley

    Didn’t hate it but didn’t love it. A Texas Ranger tries to find the killer of his ex-wife. 90% of the book he’s trying to prove her boyfriend is guilty. It got a little bit old. I must admit that I had someone else pegged as the killer and it was somewhat of a surprise to me who it actually turned out to be.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Texas Ranger is about Rory Yates and his races to clear his name. When Rory Yates received a strange phone call from his ex-wife, he rushed home to find Anne dead. Rory Yates became the prime suspect, so Rory decided to risk everything to find the killer before it is too late. The readers of Texas Ranger will follow Rory Yates and his quest for answers. I enjoyed reading "Texas Ranger". I love James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle portrayal of the characters and the way they interact with each othe Texas Ranger is about Rory Yates and his races to clear his name. When Rory Yates received a strange phone call from his ex-wife, he rushed home to find Anne dead. Rory Yates became the prime suspect, so Rory decided to risk everything to find the killer before it is too late. The readers of Texas Ranger will follow Rory Yates and his quest for answers. I enjoyed reading "Texas Ranger". I love James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle portrayal of the characters and the way they interact with each other. "Texas Ranger" is well written and research by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle. The way James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle describe their settings allow me to engage with the plot. The readers of "Texas Ranger" will learn about jealousy and undiagnosed mental illness that can destroy the person and everyone around them. Also, the readers of "Texas Ranger" will start to understand what is to be a Texas Ranger. I recommend this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    My last audio book didn't work for me so I decided to go for one I knew would be good..and James Patterson did not let me down. Really enjoyed this book, it was a bit different from his other books and an ending that I did not see coming. My last audio book didn't work for me so I decided to go for one I knew would be good..and James Patterson did not let me down. Really enjoyed this book, it was a bit different from his other books and an ending that I did not see coming.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Gandhi

    Well James Patterson, you have pleasantly surprised me with this book. I'm a big fan of your books, some I like way more than others. And this is one I like way more than others. It's a good storyline (though I maybe biased, I love Texas Rangers). I actually felt this storyline was different from your normal cookie cutter books. And this one wasn't as predictable for me. So overall I enjoyed it. This is one of your better novels. A good, quick and fun read. Well James Patterson, you have pleasantly surprised me with this book. I'm a big fan of your books, some I like way more than others. And this is one I like way more than others. It's a good storyline (though I maybe biased, I love Texas Rangers). I actually felt this storyline was different from your normal cookie cutter books. And this one wasn't as predictable for me. So overall I enjoyed it. This is one of your better novels. A good, quick and fun read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna Lewis

    I am giving this book a generous three stars. It was like listening to a country and western hillbilly song. Lots of people like western music; I am not one of them. I found the characters trite, matching the dialogue. Too many cowboy boots. The plot was sad, the ending obvious at the half way point. So that’s two stars. The third star was because I actually finished the book...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Thank you, Dear Mr. Patterson, for mentioning Canada once again, and in a good light rather than a villian! How fitting that it was Alberta, the sister province to the State of Texas. We love you! This is one of my most well loved quick read who done its of yours ever! I absolutely can't wait until the sequel emerges in March 2020. Long drives with country music, gotta love it! Thank you, Dear Mr. Patterson, for mentioning Canada once again, and in a good light rather than a villian! How fitting that it was Alberta, the sister province to the State of Texas. We love you! This is one of my most well loved quick read who done its of yours ever! I absolutely can't wait until the sequel emerges in March 2020. Long drives with country music, gotta love it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol Irvin

    Loved this new book by James Patterson! Learned a lot about Texas Rangers!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    I wasn't sure what this book was going to be like as a couple of the writers' that James Patterson joins forces with touch and go. Some of them I have loved like Maxine Paetro and others have been not so great. This particular one, I really enjoyed as we are introduced to Rory Yates who is a Texas Ranger. Rory gets a call from his ex-wife Anne telling him to come home as her life is in danger, she has been getting threats and now believes she is going to be killed. Rory guns it back to his small I wasn't sure what this book was going to be like as a couple of the writers' that James Patterson joins forces with touch and go. Some of them I have loved like Maxine Paetro and others have been not so great. This particular one, I really enjoyed as we are introduced to Rory Yates who is a Texas Ranger. Rory gets a call from his ex-wife Anne telling him to come home as her life is in danger, she has been getting threats and now believes she is going to be killed. Rory guns it back to his small hometown only to find he is too late and Anne - the love of his life is dead. Rory believes that Anne's current beau Cal is the killer but will soon realize he isn't the only one grieving her death. Being a handsome guy and lead footballer, Rory had his pick of the girls and this book soon becomes the girls who dated Rory are being hunted down. Is this a vendetta against Rory himself or is someone trying to set Rory up to take the fall? What happens when the new girl has Rory's attention? Will the killer go after Willow as well? Can Rory save the ones he loves that remain? The other storyline that runs through this book is that Rory's father is ill and dying. What I loved too about this book is that Rory had a supportive family and tight-family unit. I am now looking forward to seeing if this pair creates another book with Rory Yates and the Texas Rangers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    This is the James Patterson I've come to love and know so well as his writing was superb, richly detailed, immensely spellbinding, with plenty of nonstop nailbiting action as the Texas Rangers are on the hunt for the killer. Co Author Andrew Bourelle did a remarkable collaborative effort and it shows! Rory is a Texas Ranger who has been accused of his ex wife's Anne's murder but he does not go out without a fight. He will settle the score for that I assure you! With his job on the line, his career This is the James Patterson I've come to love and know so well as his writing was superb, richly detailed, immensely spellbinding, with plenty of nonstop nailbiting action as the Texas Rangers are on the hunt for the killer. Co Author Andrew Bourelle did a remarkable collaborative effort and it shows! Rory is a Texas Ranger who has been accused of his ex wife's Anne's murder but he does not go out without a fight. He will settle the score for that I assure you! With his job on the line, his career on stand by, his life tattered he pursues the killer to the ends of the Earth. Never surrender -Dead or Alive- Don't give in! Dare I say, shoot first ask questions later for this group of only 200 in the entire state of Texas. Yates, is eventually cleared but the damage is done and now he's on the hunt for the real killer who he believes may be his ex wifes boy toy Cal. Rory Yates is portrayed as the hard knows Texas stronghold type while a softer gentler side is seen is his relationships with others especially his love interests. But don't dare double cross him nor take away those he loves as 'The Thunder Rolls' Callin'Baton Rouge may just be a song to some but to others it's a way of life. Lord knows I love my Garth Brooks. How would a cop handle a case so close to his heart? After all divorce is a physical act but mental is another story as he still has deep seeded feelings for his wife and raced to be with her only to find her dead. Perhaps I'm partial to the setting (as I have Texas relatives) as we all know everything is bigger in Texas and guns go hand in hand down there. I also am lifelong fan of Garth and James Patterson and the up and down Patterson Express we all know to love and or hate. This one for me was on the money and had enough intrigue, suspense, thrills to keep this ball rolling with crashing force in the end. So for those who enjoy the rough and tumble and not the tumbleweed so drips this one is for you. The real killer will astound you and shock the crap out of you ... Just sayin' be prepared as I had no idea till it all played out. Wow! Amazing - Wild Ride!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natalie M

    You never know with any certainty what the latest James Patterson is going to deliver but this is one you can add if you enjoy his work. Set in Texas, Ranger Rory is an easy to engage with, believable character. The story has the requisite twists and turns, even a few unexpected ones. This is a solid 4-star Patterson, not a literary revolution or for the discerning but an easy, enjoyable read and worth the time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    LISA BATCHELOR

    Great book once again This was once again another good read. I hope that this becomes a series of books about Rory. I am from Texas and am very familiar with the Rangers which made this book even better. The book had such a great story plot. Would love to read more about Rory and Willie's story. Lisa B Great book once again This was once again another good read. I hope that this becomes a series of books about Rory. I am from Texas and am very familiar with the Rangers which made this book even better. The book had such a great story plot. Would love to read more about Rory and Willie's story. Lisa B

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pixie

    Oh crikey, if you like stereotypical characters & easy-to-imagine settings in your escapist reading, this one ticks all the boxes - a quick & easy read, mostly from the point of view of the Texas Ranger himself, with a few other viewpoints thrown in to which help to fill out the storyline. The story takes place somewhere in Texas, you get glimpses of tough country farming life in a small town setting, everyone knowing each other since high school days, the proverbial sexy singer at the local wat Oh crikey, if you like stereotypical characters & easy-to-imagine settings in your escapist reading, this one ticks all the boxes - a quick & easy read, mostly from the point of view of the Texas Ranger himself, with a few other viewpoints thrown in to which help to fill out the storyline. The story takes place somewhere in Texas, you get glimpses of tough country farming life in a small town setting, everyone knowing each other since high school days, the proverbial sexy singer at the local watering hole, the well-entrenched gun culture, need I say more. I think this is the start of a new series of novels starring Rory Yates (as the Texas Ranger) but I am not that sure I would read another, well you never know.....sometimes a catchy title or cover can get you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Texas Ranger Rory Yates has been banished to McAllen, Texas because he shot and killed someone in Waco. After catching a bad guy in McAllen, he's back on the good list of law enforcement. He gets a call from his ex-wife in Rosebud, TX and he's immediately on his way to her side. She's terrified due to receiving threatening calls. Unfortunately, when he makes the several hour drive, she's been murdered. He's been cautioned not to get involved with the investigation but what's a Texas Ranger suppo Texas Ranger Rory Yates has been banished to McAllen, Texas because he shot and killed someone in Waco. After catching a bad guy in McAllen, he's back on the good list of law enforcement. He gets a call from his ex-wife in Rosebud, TX and he's immediately on his way to her side. She's terrified due to receiving threatening calls. Unfortunately, when he makes the several hour drive, she's been murdered. He's been cautioned not to get involved with the investigation but what's a Texas Ranger supposed to do? I live near Waco so this book the book immediately had my attention. I've always been in awe of the Texas Rangers so that struck a chord too. And there's a country western singer in the book too. Rory is a hard nosed lawman who has a soft spot for his family and the women he loves. The short chapters are true to Patterson style but I got the feeling that the co-author probably wrote most of the book. The ending had a nice twist when the killer was revealed. I think Rory Yates' character could grow on me.

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