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Blood Valley
1 : Blood Valley

by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone
Apr 1, 2012
6 Hours
978-1-59950-850-4
Ages 13+
Lawmen don't last long in the town of Doubtful, Wyoming Territory. The last one quit, another ended up in a hangman's noose and one more was backshot by the hired guns at the Circle L Ranch. But the town of Doubtful has never seen the likes of the man who's known only as Cotton, who aims to take the badge for $125 a month, save himself a nice chunk of money over the next year and be on his way. At least, that's his plan. Problem is, Cotton has just stuck his nose in the biggest hornet's nest in the territory. Some of the new homesteaders are stringing wire and the three large spreads in the area don't like it much. Before Cotton can say "range war!" a passel of hardcases are filling the air with gun smoke and hot lead. But Cotton won't be scared off. He'll see to it that law and order come to Doubtful - because Cotton isn't afraid of dying. And he's not afraid of killing.
 

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Director & Cast

Director Ken Jackson
Starring Ken Jackson, Yasmin Tuazon, David Coyne, Richard Rohan, Thomas Penny, James Konicek, Gary Telles, James Keegan, Terence Aselford, Gregory Gorton, Timothy Lynch, Daniel Gavigan, Johann Dettweiler, Bradley Smith, Michael John Casey, Christopher Graybill, Julie-Ann Elliott, Thomas Keegan, Scott Mccormick, Mort Shelby, Margie Tompros, Nanette Savard, Tony Nam, Kimberly Gilbert, Colleen Delany and Delores King Williams
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Timothy Lynch
Dialogue Editors Brian Rogers
Sound Designers Brian Rogers
Additional Original Music Johann Detweiller and Matt Webb
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

Blood valley by Burl (Posted on 2/6/2018)
A good comic relief, fun.
Blood Valley by Mike (Posted on 10/25/2017)
I like Cotton a funny western
First! by Kristy (Posted on 4/18/2017)
This was my first Graphic Audio. I thought that the whole 'movie in your mind' thing was not going to happen; however, I was wrong. I though it was great with the details to paint the picture and the voice acting was great. I am looking forward to many more audios on road trips.
1 : Blood Valley by Juan (Posted on 10/29/2016)
I love this series. It felt like I was watching a tv show. The series were very funny and very entertaining. Wish you guys had more than six audios.
The best in the series by victoria (Posted on 8/27/2013)
Having listened to the entire series, I think this is the best one. It is also the only one originally by William w Johnstone himself. Ken Jackson is flawless as Cotton making him endearing and surprisingly complicated.
Review by Gildardo Ibarra (Posted on 5/23/2013)
Something unique. Not your usual western. This one combines a touch of humor with plenty of butt kicking. Featuring a bit of marshal arts. With our main character being fast on the draw, but quick with his mind, and quicker with his fists.



If you are looking for a good tail of the west, with dark comedy thrown in, and a cowboy with plenty of guts, this is your story.
Review by Raynor Moore (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I'm not much for westerns but I downloaded the Sample and just HAD to finish the story... Overall a great enjoyable experience! Who voices Pepper I wonder? I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.
Review by Lee Rademaker (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I couldn't help laughing at Cotton's way of putting things! Very fresh and unique! The story was told well, with plot twists and surprises! I truly enjoyed listing to this story. Plenty of humor, adventure, touch of romance, but a warning for young ones, there is a just tad of potty mouth - PG13. I rated this story excellent. I can't wait to start my next Cotton Picken's story, and I have already marked my calendar concerning releases 3 & 4!!! So, stoke your fire, settle down with a good strong cup of Wyoming coffee, and prepare yourself to listen, to a good yarn!!!
Review by Johnny Tai (Posted on 5/23/2013)
It's another of Johnston's all around perfect hero character, fiast with guns, fast with fists, good with women, good with horses. Nothing unique there, and even the twists in the plot didn't come off as surprising if you've read other Johnston works- these plots have been used dry and then some.

The humor is what saves the story for me, and the great acting by Graphic Audio team.

I have to agree with another reviewer...whoever did Pepper did a hell of a great job.

It's kind of weird that Cotton's voice just comes across as a wimpy kind of guy- I be interested to know why that particular voice's picked for Cotton- even when he's enforcing the law he just didn't sound all that...commanding...cause he's so squeaky.

In the end, it's a good drama, but not so good story- something for easy reading but not for deep thoughts.

I think Johnston missed a great chance there to flush out the three villins and made them more 3D- they all had different personalities, and could've been developed alot more- but alas, he fell short and just ended up making them all greedy bastards- your typical western bad guys.

I think my biggest problem with Johnston's writing is that he makes all his heroes so similar that as readers we're almost cheated when we buy multiple books- for example, you can replace Cotton with Smoke, Preacher, the two from Blood Bond, or pretty much any other good guys Johnston wrote and this story would've worked exactly the same.

Review by Wayne Noble (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I liked the story but it didn't seem much like the westerns I'm used to. I'm a big Louis L'amour fan and am used to a lot of fights and gun battles. It seemed we never found out who raped and killed the girl, who burned and killed the other farm and who got punished for setting up the rustler episode. Yeah a bunch of gun fighters get killed but no one ever knows who did it and if they got killed. The three bad guys get off with nothing. No jail time, no noose, no gun battle nothing at all. The ending was just terrible and as I've said the ending is as important as the whole story. I enjoyed the humor and all but was disappointed in what I thought was going to be a western with a bad to the bone good guy that would find the culprits and kill them. Instead we had a good guy that always had to let them go. Just wasn't very keen on that. I don't like hearing rape in a story to begin with but when the people that done it get by I'm really not keen on it. They should have been caught named and then hanged like it really would have happened in the west. From what I understand not even outlaws allowed others to do that to women. But none the less GA done fine and I actually liked the voice for Cotten. I may get the others we'll see.
Review by Henry Sapp (Posted on 5/23/2013)
loved it!!!! The story is hilarious and Ken Jackson does a great job as Cotton. i read some of the reviews and almost didn't buy this but there is just something about these stories. i just want to hear more.. an excellent GA production.

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