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Blister Jones   By: (1881-1950)

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Blister Jones by John Taintor Foote is a mesmerizing narrative that captivates readers with its engrossing storyline and masterful characterization. Set in the early 20th century, the book takes us on a thrilling journey through the Wild West, where the protagonist, Blister Jones, faces numerous challenges, both external and internal.

Foote's writing style is truly impressive, immersing readers in the vividly depicted world of Blister Jones. The author's attention to detail paints a vibrant picture of dusty saloons, sprawling landscapes, and gritty gunfights, creating an authentic atmosphere that transports readers to a bygone era. Foote effortlessly brings the Old West to life, with its cowboys, outlaws, and untamed frontier towns, making the setting an integral part of the narrative.

One of the major strengths of the book lies in its unforgettable characters. Blister Jones, with his rugged charm and sharp wit, instantly becomes a character readers will root for. Foote does a remarkable job of developing Blister throughout the story, delving into his past, fears, and motivations. Blister's internal struggles and personal growth lend depth and authenticity to his character, making him relatable and human.

Furthermore, Foote's portrayal of secondary characters is equally impressive. Each one is unique and well-rounded, with their own motivations, quirks, and personal histories. From the enigmatic saloon owner to the cunning outlaw, Foote breathes life into each character, making them integral parts of the story. The interactions between the characters are believable, adding a layer of complexity to the plot and enhancing its overall appeal.

The narrative, though primarily focused on Blister's journey, is also filled with unexpected twists and turns. Foote successfully blends action-packed gunfights with quieter moments of introspection, creating an engaging balance that keeps readers hooked. The pacing is well-executed, allowing for moments of tension to build incrementally before culminating in thrilling climaxes. The plot is tightly knit, with every event having a purpose and contributing to the overall progression of the story.

Furthermore, Foote's exploration of themes such as redemption, justice, and the true nature of heroism elevates the book beyond being just an entertaining Western. Blister's moral dilemmas and the choices he makes throughout the narrative force readers to reflect on the complexities of right and wrong, and the consequences of one's actions.

In conclusion, Blister Jones is an exceptional Western novel that effortlessly transports readers to the untamed wilderness of the Old West. Foote's writing is evocative, portraying memorable characters within a richly detailed setting. The book's engaging plot, well-crafted narrative, and exploration of profound themes make it a must-read for fans of the genre, as well as those looking for a captivating story filled with adventure, introspection, and redemption.

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[Frontispiece: "Micky's standin' in the track leanin' against Hamilton."]











I dedicate this, my first book, with awe and the deepest affection, to Mulvaney Mowgil Kim, and all the wonderful rest of them.

J. T. F.

A certain magazine, that shall be nameless, I read every month. Not because its pale contents, largely furnished by worthy ladies, contain many red corpuscles, but because as a child I saw its numbers lying upon the table in the "library," as much a part of that table as the big vase lamp that glowed above it.

My father and mother read the magazine with much enjoyment, for, doubtless, when its editor was young, the precious prose and poetry of Araminta Perkins and her ilk satisfied him not at all.

Therefore, in memory of days that will never come again, I read this old favorite; sometimes I must confess it with pain.

It chanced that a story about horses aye, race horses was approved and sanctified by the august editor.

This story, when I found it sandwiched between Jane Somebody's Impressions Upon Seeing an Italian Hedge , and three verses entitled Resurgam , or something like that, I straightway bore to "Blister" Jones, horse trainer by profession and gentleman by instinct... Continue reading book >>

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