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Return of the Mountain Man (Mountain Man #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  559 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
William W. Johnstone's vivid, uncompromising novels stand as violent portraits of the rugged American frontiersman and the forces that forged him. In this powerful novel, Johnstone tells the story of a young Missourian forced by fate and violence into lawlessness--where he sees a chance to right the wrong that shattered his family and his soul. . .

Smoke Jensen is a young m
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Published May 1st 2009 by Kensington (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jun 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the past four months I have been reading the Mountain Man series by William W. Johnstone. They are a throwback to the old west and come complete with rugged turrain, outlaws, Indians, and heroes. I enjoyed these books for the simple reason that I feel transported back to a simpler time when right was right, wrong was wrong, and there wasn't nearly so much gray. The reader gets to learn alot about what it was like for the men and women who broke open the territory but especially we get to ch ...more
Joyce Abell
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of the Mountain Man books are entertaining
Patrick Brooks
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read return of the mountain man written by William W. Johnstone and it was exactly what you would expect out of a wild west book. The setting is the west where you can travel for days without seeing another soul, and because of this its very easy for outlaws to escape the law. The main character throughout the story is Smoke Jenson and all he has on his mind is revenge. Three men Stratton, Potter, and Richards set together a gang and set them out to kill smoke. They ended up killing all of Smo ...more
Barbara Lee Wood

Preacher and the other Mountain Men his friends for over twenty years. All these men are in their seventies or more. A couple of them have cancer and this will be their last meeting...SAD...Preacher raised a young boy whose birth name was Art..but Preacher called him Smoke..Preacher taught him everything he knew, how to love and respect nature, how to fight, shoot and hunt. come the bushwackers..just plain ugliness riding horses; these men smothe
Rick C
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, western
Fun - shoot em up, good guy wins.
Kendall jenkins
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like westerns this book and the Mountain man series are some of the best westerns out there
Michael Sigler
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 out of 5.
My only complaint is Johnstone seemed to dumb Smoke Jensen down a bit from the first novel, but it could have honestly been because he was surrounded by some more learned characters this time round.
All in all, a great read!
larry brashear
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is another great western written by the Master Story Teller. Well written, interesting and thrilling as always from the beginning to the end.
Joshua Derden
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book
Rob Smith
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
I picked up the first book off a bookshelf of a place I was visiting. Read it and now I'm amongst the very apparent many who are collecting the series of series. The first book drew me in as it fleshed out quite a set of characters and told a great story. I delved into number two hoping to find more of the same and did. It is a continuation of the first book and wraps the loose ends. Obviously a setup to get the reader on to number three. Though i doubt at the time William Johnstone in the mid-' ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
Didn't actually finish it. After I liked the first novel so much, this one was a disappointment. It's all about the conclusion of events begun in the other book, but drawn out to its own novel length. That means that the hero has to play Hamlet a bit; procrastinating on his plans until just the right moment.

The rest of the characters also have their actions dictated by the plot, making decisions based not on character, but on the ending the author is driving towards. Sadly, all that manipulatio
Sometimes a man has to do what he has to do. If someone kills your wife and kid, you take care of the problem. And Smoke Jensen, the fastest draw in the West, knows how to take care of problems.

I'm not sure why I love these Westerns so much--easy read? the good guy wins? men are "men" except for the evil ones? I'm watching Longmire on A&E, too. Maybe next year I need to take my girl out to a dude ranch for a week so I can get all this wrangling and riding out of my system!
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This has been in our home library since my husband read it in 2009.

I rated this book only two stars because, in a flashback, the text was so similar to text in The Last Mountain Man it almost read as if it had been copied and pasted, and I prefer any author show more craftsmanship than that.

I recommend it only to fans of the series.
Jan 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
The problem I have with the character Smoke Jensen is he's always TOO good with his guns, and that this is my first exposure to William Johnstone, in the middle of a long series of books about The Mountain Man. I can't take Westerns too seriously and like more humorous writing in this genre.
Eric Moote
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Overall: a classic style western. It is what it is and that's all that it is.

I would recommend this to: people driving through Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
Timothy Boyd
Very good western series. The story of Smoke Jensen, trained by the last of the mountain men as a boy. If you like men's adventure and westerns then you will enjoy the series. Recommended
Martha Peebles
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always a great book by the Johnstone's. I love how Smoke gets revenge on the people who murdered his family but did not harm the women or children. Really worth reading.
Doris Ware
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent series.
David Minger
Nothing better than a good Western on a cold winters day. Except maybe two? On to the next!
It was decent. Not sure I liked his style better than L'Amour. It seemed to be more raw and violent. I'll have to read some more Johnstone to get a better idea of his style...
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William Wallace Johnstone was a prolific American author, mostly of western, horror and survivalist novels.

Born and raised in southern Missouri, Johnstone was the youngest of four children. His father was a minister and his mother a school teacher. He quit school when he was fifteen and worked in a carnival and as a deputy sheriff. He later served in the Army and, upon returning to civilian life,
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