My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Book Description: Texas Ranger, unmatched gunslinger, cool poker hand, and hot-blooded lover of women. At the tender age of 16, he avenged the murders of his parents. Ever since, he's lived by one code: kill or be killed.
Kane is unpredictable, impulsive, and reckless, but Major Monroe of the Rangers puts up with his drinking, his violence, and his erratic work ethic - because his skills as a gunman outweigh his vices.
Without Mercy begins with a poker game. Kane is a born gambler: he can't resist a big pot. Con men lure him into a trap, using a ravishing seductress, Allison MacKay, as the bait. Her beauty proves too tempting. Kane falls into her clutches.
He's shot, thrown from a train, and left for dead. Big mistake. As Kane himself said, "When you shoot a man, you better make sure he's dead."
A star-shaped scar will forever mark his right hand, a scar to match the Ranger's star he carries. But that's Kane's gun hand. The gun hand of a Ranger is the difference between life and death--are you faster than the man shooting at you?
The stakes are high this time.
Kane is gambling with his life.
Can he survive?
My thoughts: Morgan Kane is a Texas Ranger. The book is set in the Old West. The plot reminds me of a game of cat and mouse.
In the beginning Morgan is hunted by a group of criminals seeking revenge from the death of their leader. He was killed by Morgan. They don't want to just see him dead, they want him crippled and brought to his knees before his death.
Next it is Morgan's turn to hunt. He seeks to use the devices available to him to bring justice without mercy to the gang.
I thought the book was interesting. Morgan is a talented ranger. He is good at what he does. His resilience in trial is admirable. He has friends who are reliable and trustworthy. This makes his job a little easier to accomplish.
There is sexual innuendo without much action. Women seem to throw themselves at Kane, he seems to notice their breasts quite a bit. There is also violence. I would only recommend this book to adults.