No Good Like It Is

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19th Century

McKendree R Long III

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Captain 'Dobey' Walls and Sergeant Jimmy Melton survive the Civil War with Terry's Texas Rangers, then head for Texas to search for Dobey's long-lost family. They encounter destitute farmers, love-starved widows, murderous Home Guards, freed slaves, Rebel Cherokees, and a stolen Union payroll.


Historical Fiction,Action,Young Adult,Epic

Short Summary

West Point 'Shavetail' Dobey Walls and Corporal Jimmy Melton meet in the US Army prior to the Civil War; they become close as Melton nurses Dobey through his initial term of service. At the onset of war, they leave to join a Confederate unit near Houston, the 8th Texas Volunteer Cavalry.


Southern US to the Texas Panhandle

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Captain Thomas 'Dobey' Walls

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Decisive,Faithful,Honorable,Leader,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Sergeant-Major Jimmy 'Boss' Melton

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Leader,Masculine,Uneducated,Blunt,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Marie-Louise

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Heroic,Sexy,Skillful,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Honey-Marie

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Faithful,Heartthrob,Naive,Romantic,Selfless

About The Author

About The Author McKendree R. (Mike) Long III is a retired soldier with two combat tours in Viet Nam. His awards include the Silver Star, Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He and his wife Mary have two married daughters, four grandchildren, and five great-grands. He holds a BS in Business Administration, and is also a retired financial consultant. He’s a member of Western Writers of America, South Carolina Writers Association, Military Writers Society of America, Sons of Confederate Veterans, SERTOMA, and Western Fictioneers. PUBLICATIONS Novels: NO GOOD LIKE IT IS, DOG SOLDIER MOON, HIGHER GROUND, and BRODIE (CURLY JACK, the sequel to BRODIE, will be published in 2019). Short Stories: TWO FOR ONE, CHOTEAU’S CROSSING, THE RESURRECTION, PUG’S WAR, EARTHLY RICHES, UNFINISHED BUSINESS, TWO FUNERALS FOR BIG FRANK, and THE REAL LAST STAND.

Target Audiences

Age: 55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self

Year Published: 2010

Hard Copy Available