All the Cowboys Ain't Gone
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.
In Jacobson's rollicking debut, a young Texas cowboy heads overseas at the turn of the 20th century. Lincoln Smith, son of a legendary Texas Ranger and Vassar-educated mother, performs in a traveling Wild West show in 1899 after his expulsion from Dartmouth, where he was decidedly out of step with his peers. After the show folds and Lincoln's girlfriend ditches him, he joins the French Foreign Legion and makes his way to the Middle Eastern kingdom of Mur. Along the way, he meets two American treasure hunters who also plan to enlist. While he's there, Mur is under attack by dervishes worshipping the crocodile god, Thanatos, though this is just a feint for a covert German attempt to wrest control of the oil-rich kingdom away from the French. To fight the dervish-German alliance, Lincoln and the two American enlistees team up with Amanda Montier, the French ambassador's kidnapped daughter; Omar, a plucky Arab teenager raised on western dime novels; and three Legionnaires known as Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Armed with only his wits, big heart and his father's keepsake Winchester, 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.
All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone
A book worth reading, action packed and fast moving that will hold your attention till the end.