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ERMAL WALDEN WILLIAMSON

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"Ermal Williamson has captured the intangible magic of the Western genre."

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TESTIMONIES

"The most famous "John Wayne" look-a-like, SASS #9772, wrote this book." "This book was written by a man who knows guns and the history of the true west and the westerns of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour."

Judge Roy Bean, SASS #1

"Hello: I am William McCurtis, President/Regimental Sergeant Major, 9th MEMORIAL UNITED STATES CAVALRY, Inc. Ermal's book is one of the best thought-out and well-written western stories I have ever had the pleasure to read. Ermal has a true "flavor" and "heart" for the Old West, which is something becoming very rare these days. His portrayal of John Wayne is second-to-none, but the old west "LIVES" in him and through him. I received my copy of the book years ago and it is becoming "dog-eared". It seems to me you find something new with every reading. If there is a star rating system, then on a scale of 1-5, I would rate this a good, solid......... "6". Well worth the read. R.S.M. Bill McCurtis Curt Dottie Cochrell June 23 at 3:34am "

" . . . they are well written. I think you have at least two more we haven't seen and would like to order them and perhaps any others you may have written as well. They should be made into a movie." Martin Price, Sun City West Curt and I had the pleasure of meeting Ermal at Luke AFB What a wonderful man he is. I have read all his books. Ermal Williamson had a gift of writing that takes you on the trail with him. You can see in your minds eye the story that unfolds before you

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Everyone is talking about you around town! All of the other library branch managers now have you e-mail address. I told them to check out Paula also. Your where a big hit! I knew you would be!!:) I can't thank you enough for coming, I'm glad you and my husband made me come back to meet you in Branson. I hope we can keep in touch, and I want to purchase any new titles you write. Ermal, again you have made friends for life here at our library! God bless you and keep you safe always!

I just want you to know how much my husband is enjoying your novel I purchased from you on the corner in Phoenix in May.. For his 75th Birthday. We are at the Hato Viejo Boutique Resort in Anton, Panama. I have one Problem, he won't put the book down. You must have one heck of a story line to hold his interest. Bravo, I will now have to be looking for your next novel in line.. I will probably read it after him to see what entertained him so.. he can not get over how much you look like Wayne.. would you please tell him to put the book down long enough to go see the sights. AHAHAHA. Thanx again Ermal.... Judy&Otis Brooks. Sebring Florida

OMG, what a great series of books, can't wait till I get the other two. In reading these two books, I can hear sgt. mjr O'Riley as the top Sgt in "she wore a yellow ribbon". And in my mind's eye I see John Agar as Matt and Ben Johnson as Steve. I am waiting to see if "Matt" finds "Ginny"..... Hum.... Beth Paterson, attorney, hum.... from the "Across the Brazos" is that Matt's Ginny????? hum...... Thanks again, and look forward to reading the last two books. And keep me posted as you write more books!!! Always your friend!! Marilyn

Across The Brazos and The Man From The Brazos. Ermal Walden Williamson has a fresh approach on the cowboy lifestyle and way of life. Normally, I don't care to(sic) much for Westerns but the stories are compelling, the charectors are colorful, and the language is powerful. I promise if you read one of these novels you will be waiting in line for the next one.

Great Western! Fresh Outlook On The Genre, March 31, 2004 By Fred Bain (Marion, Illinois) - See all my reviews

Across the Brazos


Reviewed by: Doug Sanders, Wildest Western Magazines

"Across the Brazos is the rare sequel, penned by another author who carries the blessing and support of the original author and maintains the character and dignity of the source novel. Author Ermal Williamson is a screen and stage performer who is an expert on the life and movies of John Wayne and has chosen this story to follow up the Wayne film and Jennings book. Williamson sought out the original author before completing this project and received his approval and endorsement of the story. Written with gusto, the story about greed and honor creates vivid characters and moves them with dispatch from adventure to adventure while painting a glorious picture of the Old West. Fans of the Western novel won't be disappointed in this crackling story about a search for identity and personal honor, and should keep their eyes out for Mr. Williamson's next effort. He has taken Jennings' characters to another level and left this reviewer anxious to read more from this author.

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I just want you to know how much my husband is enjoying your novel I purchased from you on the corner in Phoenix in May.. For his 75th Birthday. We are at the Hato Viejo Boutique Resort in Anton, Panama. I have one Problem, he won't put the book down. You must have one heck of a story line to hold his interest. Bravo, I will now have to be looking for your next novel in line.. I will probably read it after him to see what entertained him so.. he can not get over how much you look like Wayne.. would you please tell him to put the book down long enough to go see the sights. AHAHAHA. Thanx again Ermal.... Judy&Otis Brooks. Sebring Florida
First: C. W. Last: White Phone: 662-234-2917 Email: carolyn@watervalley.com Comments: I, purchased both of your books while in Branson,MO. As I discussd with you then, I am not a reader, but the Brazos books changed that. The books made me feel that I was sitting somehow watching all this take place. I could not put one of them down once I started reading. Thank you for this GOD given talent. When will the next book be out, and can you rush it up. SEE YOU IN BRANSON Thanks,C. W. White

C.W.White

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Across the Brazos


"I do love a good western, and never having seen the movie The Cowboys, I had a few trepidations about reading this story. But Mr. Williamson does a really fine job here with the storytelling. I was really impressed with the characters that were created and how real he made them. Actually, there are two different stories here: one taking place in Texas, which is most of the book, and the rest in Montana, which the reader looks forward to having closure from what happened 12 years ago. The book is deceptively long, which was okay with me, as I like long stories. The main character, Matt, is a man wrestling with his own inner demons. But he is a nice guy, and I really liked him. Overall, this is a good story and a fun western to read. Now, I just need to see the movie that started it all.

"I rated this book an 8 out of 10."

Reviewer: Conan Tigard

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Across the Brazos Reviewed: 6/18/2001

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"Across the Brazos" . . . Being a John Wayne admirer and following his career, and seeing every movie, I really appreciate the effort made in this book. It was fantastic. I look forward to reading the rest of your works. Thank you and keep up the tradition, the one one of the true American, it is well needed in these current times. Respectfully Larry Houseman, Sr.
It would be a pity if it is not picked up for a movie. Best to ya, Ida Lee

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I'm having a real problem with your book Ermal. I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN!!!` Just started reading it and it is simply wonderful. Fast reading, fast moving and full of action. Pilgrims, if you haven't linked up to Ermal's new book, you're a missing the stage!!!

I purchased several of your books and sent them to friends and relatives throughout the United States. My Dad, who lives in Alabama, called me to say how much he enjoyed it and he passed it on to a friend, who also raved about the book. Dad said the book is now in the hands of a third person who is a John Wayne fan. The word is spreading!

Best regards, Nelson Tucker - nelson@kiwanian.net

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"Across the Brazos" was truly a great piece of work. The writing style was perfectly picturesque and I could almost put faces on the characters by the way you described them. I especially am fond of the Virginia City, Montana area as I spent several summers there and being a western history buff am very familiar with the history of the vigilante days. Have you written anything before this book? I await the release of your next one and sincerely hope that a movie deal does evolve for "Across the Brazos". Your autographed copy of "Across the Brazos" sits on my video shelf between 'The Cowboys" and "Rio Bravo," two of my favorites among the many "Duke" videos in my collection, which run from his early Lone Star and Republic films right up to the "Shootist." Keep up the tradition, all the best in preserving the image of the one who we will never see the likes of again.

Kevin D. Eliason --- kelias01@earthlink.net

"Duke", I purchased 2 of your books from you while we were in Branson at the "Branson Fest" a couple of months ago." Across The Brazos" and "The Man From the Brazos". You mention to me to let you know what I thought after reading them. I'm sure that you never expected to hear from me as you probably said that same thing to all that bought a book from you. I had mention to you that day that I have read all of L'Amour's westerns along with Larry McMurtry, Matt Braun , William Johnston , David Thompson , Terry Newcomb and Elmer Kelton to name a few. I want you to know that I have enjoyed you books very much and give them a rating right up there with the best of them. In fact if there is any way to put me on a mailing list so that when you have a new book out I could find out about it and be able to purchase it. My wife and I are full time RVer's and travel the country spending a lot of time in the west. Stories, even they are fiction but having settings around actual cities/towns / locations that we have been to or know their location makes the story so much more interesting and enjoyable .Keep up the good work and good luck. p.s. hope you didn't mind me addressing you as "Duke" Bill Quigley, (mailing address) 3 Lamplighter Dr. Nashua, NH 03064

Cant wait for your next book I so look forward to reading it. If it is one half as good as across the Brazos Ill be delighted. Across the Brazos was a perfect cowboy, western, love story, mystery, murder story I ever read. Thanks for your time with me and I relay look forward to your new book. See Ya Pardner Joe

THE MAN FROM THE BRAZOS

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Ermal Walden Williamson

"The Man from the Brazos"

An historical novel of Fort Scott, Kansas

“When abolitionists and slavers clash for control of the Kansas territory just before it was to achieve statehood, Matt Jorgenson found himself caught up in their bloody, brutal conflict. Matt was fast and fatal when handling a pistol, but being an accomplished gunhand with a widening reputation is no defense against falling in love with another man's woman or being able to stop the murder of his best friend in a time when pre-Civil War politics was setting neighbor against neighbor. Highly recommended for all western buffs, The Man From The Brazos is an entertaining and vivid read." Midwest Book Review (see more about me) from Oregon, WI USA

"I love The Man From the Brazos"

Patricia Schroeder,

President & CEO

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"I like The Man From the Brazos because the plot was well done and makes you think as you read. So many westerns are fun to read, but they don't stick in your memory very long. This book will stay with you. Ermal is developing into an excellent western writer." Judge Roy Bean, SASS #1 Single Action Shooting Society

"I found I really liked reading about the younger version of Matt Jorgenson and how he became known as a quick draw. It is obvious that Mr. Williamson is more comfortable with the pen in this story as it flows along quite well and the story always keeps the reader interested in what is going to happen next. The characterization is wonderful and the evolution of Matt into a quick draw is a pleasure to absorb. A lot of westerns don't really delve into much historical relevance, but The Man from the Brazos is rich with historical importance. You won't regret picking up this book and letting it take you back Kansas almost 150 years ago.” Conan Tigard http://www.bookbrowser.com/Reviews/WilliamsonErmalWalden/manfromthebrazos.html

To be honest . . . I didn’t know what to think, as you approached me outside of the store in Old Scottsdale. Dressed as “The Duke”; and, just as commanding. Initially, I was put off. I usually push back, and walk on. But, for some reason, I decided to listen….for just a bit. A patience that rarely hangs around me, for long. I sensed sincerity and passion. So, I gave you the benefit of the doubt. . . . I finished “The Man from the Brazos” last night. I have to say, it was quite refreshing. Consistently true. What I’d like to call, “Wholesome”. Your story truly painted a picture of the “Old West”. It captured the MORALS, we are direly missing today. Right and Wrong were Cut and Dry. Justice was True and Quick. Men treated Women with Respect. (At least, your heroes did.) I am so pleased that I paused to meet you, and purchase your book. I’m now trying to purchase the next book in your series. Thank You, Roy (Lewis) (he now owns all six novels)

Mr. Williamson, my name is Dave Temple. My wife Barbara and I met you in Durango, CO. about a month or so ago. We picked up all of your Brazos series books. Just wanted to say we love the way you write and can't wait for your next book to come out. We hope you had a good time in Durango. Hope to see you at the Strater again sometime.
Thanks
Dave Temple

(editor's note: The Strater Hotel in Duranto, CO is where Louis L'Amour stayed when he wrote many of his novels)

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"I found I really liked reading about the younger version of Matt Jorgenson and how he became known as a quick draw. It is obvious that Mr. Williamson is more comfortable with the pen in this story as it flows along quite well and the story always keeps the reader interested in what is going to happen next. The characterization is wonderful and the evolution of Matt into a quick draw is a pleasure to absorb. A lot of westerns don't really delve into much historical relevance, but The Man from the Brazos is rich with historical importance.

"You won't regret picking up this book and letting it take you back Kansas almost 150 years ago. I rated this book an 8˝ out of 10."

Reviewer: Conan Tigard Reviewed: 11/4/2001 http://www.readingreview.com.

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"The Man From The Brazos"Reviewer: Midwest Book Review (see more about me) from Oregon, WI USA When abolitionists and slavers clash for control of the Kansas territory just before it was to achieve statehood, Matt Jorgenson found himself caught up in their bloody, brutal conflict. Matt was fast and fatal when handling a pistol, but being an accomplished gunhand with a widening reputation is no defense against falling in love with another man's woman or being able to stop the murder of his best friend in a time when pre-Civil War politics was setting neighbor against neighbor. Highly recommended for all western buffs, The Man From The Brazos is an entertaining and vivid read."

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CALL OF THE BRAZOS

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Ermal Walden Williamson

"Call of the Brazos" Anyone interested in Western novels or in just great storytelling will love this book. Let me give you some advice, when you start one of these have some time on your hands, because you won't want to put them down!"

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"I read all four books in just 5 days! I fell in love with your characters and stories but was thrilled to be taken back in history and relive it in such detail. Thank you!, Now I am anxious to get my hands on the other two books, "Across the Brazos" and "The Ghost of Ginny McBride".
Carol Perez, Vail, AZ

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"Call of the Brazos" Reviewer: Fred Bain
"Call of the Brazos" is my favorite book so far. I'm not finished yet but I'm to the part where Bertha had just been killed and Ginny is now wondering what side of the Civil War Matt will be on. This is even a more interesting read for me because I love anything about the Civil War. In fact, my wife and I just visited Charleston, South Carolina about two months ago! I took two different Civil War tours I love it so much. I think that these books are wonderful. I already look forward to the fourth.

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WE CONQUER OR DIE and THE LAST BULLET

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Ermal Walden Williamson

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"We Conquer or Die" "The Last Bullet"

Ermal, I met you in Branson at one of your book signings and bought The Last Bullet and We Conquer or Die. I'm a Civil War Buff born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi and really enjoyed both books . Your research and authenticity is real good. If you haven't been to Vicksburg next time you are close please take time to go throughout their National Civil War Park lots of history you would enjoy.
Bill Jennings

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"This captivating account comes as close to living history as one is likely to find. Ermal's characters come alive amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Old South during the war. He has woven the lives and events together into a wonderful read." Jeff Murrah

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