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Texas Ranger: One shot to clear his name…

(Rory Yates #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  12,300 ratings  ·  1,043 reviews
Officer Rory Yates is called home to settle deadly scores.

Rory Yates's skill and commitment to the badge have seen him rise through the ranks in the Texas Ranger division, but it came at a cost – his marriage.

When he receives a worrying phone call from his ex-wife, Anne, Rory speeds to what used to be their marital home. He arrives to a horrifying crime scene and a scathin
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Tim Bezant just like Cheryle said, he hasnt written much of his own books lately, just stamps his name on to a bunch of series and sells them, and you can likely…morejust like Cheryle said, he hasnt written much of his own books lately, just stamps his name on to a bunch of series and sells them, and you can likely expect to see Texas Ranger going serial as well(less)
Connie It would make a great series! Rory's character needs to be better developed.

It would make a great series! Rory's character needs to be better developed.


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Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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 ...more
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 ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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!
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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.
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.
Sharon Huether
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, murder, mystery
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.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson

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
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, mystery-crime
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 ...more
Informed  Citizen
Sep 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Tonya Lucas
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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. ...more
Lindsey Gandhi
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
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. ...more
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...
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! ...more
Carol Irvin
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this new book by James Patterson! Learned a lot about Texas Rangers!
Paula  Phillips
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Natalie M
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was pretty good compared to the more recent books from James Patterson. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It’s been a while since I’ve really gotten into one of his books so it was a nice surprise.
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