All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone

A Novel

By John J. Jacobson

Read by Grover Gardner

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All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone is the rollicking adventure story of Lincoln Smith, a young Texan living at the beginning of the twentieth century, who thinks of himself as the last true cowboy. He longs for the days of the Old West, when men like his father, a famous Texas Ranger, lived by the chivalric code. Lincoln finds himself hopelessly out of time and place in the fast-changing United States of the new century. When he gets his heart broken by a sweetheart who doesn’t appreciate his anachronistic tendencies, he does what any sensible young romantic would do: he joins the French Foreign Legion.
On his way to an ancient and exotic country at the edge of the Sahara, Lincoln encounters a number of curious characters and strange adventures, from a desert hermit who can slow up time to a battle with a crocodile cult that worships the god of death. He meets them all with his own charming brand of courage and resourcefulness.

Full Description
Play Sample

Runtime

11h 29m

Release

02-23-21

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Action & Adventure

Runtime

11h 29m

Release

02-23-21

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Action & Adventure

Description

All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone is the rollicking adventure story of Lincoln Smith, a young Texan living at the beginning of the twentieth century, who thinks of himself as the last true cowboy. He longs for the days of the Old West, when men like his father, a famous Texas Ranger, lived by the chivalric code. Lincoln finds himself hopelessly out of time and place in the fast-changing United States of the new century. When he gets his heart broken by a sweetheart who doesn’t appreciate his anachronistic tendencies, he does what any sensible young romantic would do: he joins the French Foreign Legion.

On his way to an ancient and exotic country at the edge of the Sahara, Lincoln encounters a number of curious characters and strange adventures, from a desert hermit who can slow up time to a battle with a crocodile cult that worships the god of death. He meets them all with his own charming brand of courage and resourcefulness.

Praise

“Epic adventure meets western cool. All The Cowboys Ain’t Gone swaggers its way from page to page with thrilling action, likable characters, and a galloped pacing. Jacobson has a master’s sense of storytelling, and he writes like he’s having a hell of a lot of fun doing it.” James Wade, author of All Things Left Wild

“How to read All The Cowboys Ain’t Gone: get comfortable, take a deep breath, open to page one, and let ’er rip. You’re off at a gallop on a grand adventure with the resourceful Lincoln Smith, who could give Allan Quatermain and Indiana Jones a run for their money. Smashing!” James R. Benn, author of The Red Horse and other Billy Boyle mysteries

“[A] rollicking debut…Lincoln is an old-fashioned hero worth rooting for. Jacobson ingeniously colors in Lincoln’s adventures with elements of Dumas, Jules Verne, and P. C. Wren’s Beau Geste mixed with much Indiana Jones–style derring-do. This is a ride worth taking.” Publishers Weekly

“Treasure, torture, crocodiles, snakes, dueling with curtain rods, and escaping bad guys via balloon are some of the rollicking adventures awaiting the reader who doesn’t mind suspending their disbelief at some of the characters’ exploits. As a wish-fulfillment adventure, it’s a fun ride.” Historical Novels Review

“One of the most fun pieces of nostalgic escapism since Raiders of The Lost Ark…Jacobson has just the right touch for this story. He grounds the characters and setting in just enough reality to let the adventure sing. He also uses humor. injecting a sly, yet loving, self awareness. Lincoln realized much of western legend is myth, yet it’s the code that is worth something to believe in. It is that code that weaves through the sweep and romance of the adventure.All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone is much about storytelling and its importance as much as the story it tells. Like Michael Chabon or some of Joe Lansdale’s work, John Jacobson uses classic tropes to explore characters and beliefs. Times may have changed, but heroes are always needed. Lincoln Smith is a choice.” MysteryPeople

“Original, unique, adroitly crafted, and an inherently fascinating read featuring truly memorable characters, All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone deftly showcases the impressive literary storytelling talents of author John J. Jacobson.” Midwest Book Review

“For those readers who love the rollicking adventure in Beau Geste and The Three Musketeers, and thrilled to the sound of hoofbeats crossing Romania in Teel James Glenn’s Cowboy in Carpathia—this book is for you!…This is an adventure truly worthy of Dumas, with its own Texas D’Artagnan and the multinational Three Musketeers…All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone is the kind of story we used to watch at the Saturday Morning Movies, one we hate to see end, and one we’d like to have return again and again in a series of sequels just as funny, exciting, and satisfying.” New York Journal of Books

“Want to be taken on a wild adventure? Imagine a cross between James Bond and MacGyver, throw in the Wild West and North Africa, and the result will be this book.” Storeybook Reviews

“This is a book that surprised and enchanted me from the first page! Not only does it have an intriguing and brilliant cover, this book has all of the things I love: cowboys, spying, rollicking adventures, a grandiose imagination, and action by the gallon!” Book Bustle

“Jacobson’s novel is the most quixotic cowboy story you’re likely to ever read. And just like that storied tale, this one is funny, adventurous and most of all, timely…Lincoln Smith is the hero today for all of those who, if not long for, certainly wax nostalgic about a time before the iPhone, the internet, and social media were ubiquitous.” Mountain Times

“Grover Gardner surely had fun narrating this rollicking adventure. He doesn’t miss a beat and is spot-on in his voicing of the Texas protagonist and the French, German, British, and North African characters…An enjoyable escapade suitable for listeners from 10 to 100.” AudioFile

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John J. Jacobson

Author Biography

Though John J. Jacobson didn’t join the French Foreign Legion after being jilted by a girlfriend, or over his displeasure of missing the last great cattle drive, he has, borrowing Churchill’s phrase, lived a rather variegated life. He was born in Nevada, grew up in the West, surfed big waves in Hawaii, circled the world thrice, survived the sixties and seventies, corporate America, and grad school. Among other degrees he has an MA in Renaissance literature from Claremont Graduate University.

Grover Gardner

Narrator Biography

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.