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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton, Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Billy Bob Holland Series Release Date: June 2004 ISBN: 9780743542371
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In The Moon of Red Ponies, Billy Bob Holland discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and the bad guys are back and aching for revenge.
Johnny American Horse is a young activist for land preservation and the rights of Native Americans. He is charged with the murder of two mysterious men -- who recently tried to kill Johnny, or at least scare him off his political causes. Billy Bob discovers a web of intrigue surrounding the case and its players: Johnny's girlfriend, Amber Finley, seems as reckless as she is defiant; Darrel McComb, a Missoula police detective who is obsessed with Amber; and Seth Masterson, an enigmatic government agent, who makes Billy Bob wonder why Washington is so concerned with an obscure murder case on the fringes of the Bitterroot Mountains.
As the dead bodies multiply, Billy Bob is drawn closer to the truth behind Johnny American Horse's arrest -- and discovers a greater danger to himself and to his whole family. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will savor Burke’s lyrical prose and finely shaded psychological tension as Billy Bob and his cohorts teeter between idealism and brutality.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Burke takes...drama...to a deliriously enjoyable extreme in his dialogue...Thrilling stuff.” 

    Guardian (London)

  • “[A] top-notch fourth novel in Burke’s series featuring ex–Texas Ranger attorney Billy Bob Holland...Gripping [and] spine-tingling.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Required reading.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Burke crafts action sequences so realistic you can practically smell the gunpowder and sweat...Ponies is the best yet in the series.” 

    Bookmarks magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Floydc Floyd | 2/12/2014

    " I like it! I've read several other James Lee Burke books and have found them all to be good. I especially like how he brings the culture and history, of the region his characters are based in, into his story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 2/3/2014

    " Billy Bob Holland novel. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joey Barkhouse | 2/1/2014

    " I loved the language and the sense of place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 2/1/2014

    " This is the first of the lawyer B.B.Holland books I have tried and I enjoyed it. Typical good writing of the author and a good plot with interesting characters. I have read several of the Dave Robicheaux novels and been disappointed in two cases with an impossible ending, so I am always now leery starting another of his novels, but the ending here was sensible and interesting. I will certainly try another of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri ★TX | 1/30/2014

    " Overall, despite the narration technique mixing first/third person which was a little bit hard to follow at first, I have to say I really liked this book a lot. It certainly didn't have a typical happy ending like a lot of books, or that much of a neatly wrapped up way to conclude the story. I think that was what I enjoyed most. I really enjoyed narrator Tom Stechshulte as well--awesome job with dialects/accents to really bring the characters alive. I definitely want to find some other James Lee Burke novels on CD to listen to since this was my first. I would also like to see what I think about his other character, Dave Robicheaux. Hopefully the library will have more Burke books on CD because I definitely want to hear/read more. And I just loved the characterization of Wyatt Dixon and those sayings. I was really surprised and enjoyed Darrel McComb--certainly I wasn't expecting the ending and what he did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Goldman | 1/25/2014

    " I had given up James Lee Burke's Billy Bob Holland series a while back due to its predictability and sameness, so it took me a while to get to this one, the fourth and final (so far) of the series featuring the Texas Ranger-turned-Montana lawyer. I'm glad I did get to it. This one is JLB at his best, keeping me guessing and on the edge of my seat til the final page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 1/23/2014

    " Burke is one of our great national treasures, and this novel was very good - if a bit formulaic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex Fuller | 1/17/2014

    " As always, a handful of "characters" - maybe that should be all caps, underlined - who entertain to the end. It will be a strange day when I when I run out of James Lee Burke. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zack Hinckley | 1/8/2014

    " This book is best on CD. Read by Will Patten, it is evil, violent, exciting, and rewarding, in the end. Also has one evil SOB as one of the characters. This is a Billy Bob Thornton mystery--Montana locale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burt | 1/7/2014

    " Another great effort by Burke. I am amazed that he is so skilled that every book year after year is so well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doneen | 12/8/2013

    " I've always liked the Dave Robicheaux books, but now I'm adding the Billy Bob Holland books to my must-read list. I'll read anything this man writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/30/2013

    " Almost done. I love James Lee Burke's writing even when the story line gets dark (as this one does). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/29/2013

    " Like Burke's books set in the bayous, but this is a nice departure--different characters, different premises--still gripping and complex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikel | 9/17/2013

    " Another great Billy Bob novel. This series looks to be the heir apparent to the Robicheaux novel series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggard | 6/22/2013

    " I'm re-reading some of James Lee Burke. I don't generally like it when authors with iconic characters switch gears and try to create new iconic characters, but I'm digging Billy Bob. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 4/4/2013

    " Former Teaxas ranger Billy Bob Holland is practicing law in Montana when Johnny Americanhorse is arrested. What follows is a mix of eco-terrorism, corporate greed, political intrigue, and murder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boni | 3/18/2013

    " Enjoy this series and listened to most while travelig to Mexico "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 2/18/2013

    " Another excellent Burke novel, this one featuring Billy Bob Holland and assorted characters. Burke's characters make his books extra special and this one is peopled with plenty of them. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/15/2012

    " Billy Bob is in Missoula, and Wyatt is back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 9/13/2012

    " The villain in this book really creeped me out, but I'm not sure he's beyond redemption. I enjoyed this book very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malia | 8/7/2012

    " Excellent read. My James Lee Burke fix. ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelle Folts | 4/12/2012

    " Definitely not the same as the Dave Robicheaux series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 5/24/2011

    " The classic struggle of good against evil, most of the characters are various shades of gray, some bad guys even have some redeeming qualities. I'd read a Billy Bob novel quite a while back and I don't remember Lucas being such a backwoods dolt. Not my favorite James LEe Burke but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Rowland | 5/13/2011

    " This gets four stars in large part because I love JLB. It is my favorite of the BBH series, but I did not care for the way he ends it. Not the ending but taking 400 pages and then glossing over the conclusion. Dave is still my guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 3/19/2011

    " Billy Bob is in Missoula, and Wyatt is back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 1/25/2011

    " James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors. His style is incredibly rich and beautiful and his characters always resonate. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 8/31/2010

    " See my review of Bitterwood by James Lee Burke. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 6/14/2010

    " A follow up to "Bitteroot" with Billy Bob Holland having moved to Montana. One old ex-con antagonist from the earlier book makes this one worth reading. Good stuff, but not as tightly plotted as Bitteroot. None the less, Burke delivers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 3/27/2010

    " Billy Bob Holland novel. Excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/25/2010

    " Like Burke's books set in the bayous, but this is a nice departure--different characters, different premises--still gripping and complex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 12/27/2009

    " If we could add half stars, I'd give this 3 1/2. Burke is a smooth writer and his tale has more twists than a tornado--plus a bit of Native American mysticism, a bad/good guy who's a rodeo rider and some anti-Bush philosophizing at the end.
    I think you'd like this one, Emily. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 11/30/2009

    " The villain in this book really creeped me out, but I'm not sure he's beyond redemption. I enjoyed this book very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/20/2009

    " Almost done. I love James Lee Burke's writing even when the story line gets dark (as this one does). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zack | 8/16/2009

    " This book is best on CD. Read by Will Patten, it is evil, violent, exciting, and rewarding, in the end. Also has one evil SOB as one of the characters. This is a Billy Bob Thornton mystery--Montana locale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 8/15/2009

    " The classic struggle of good against evil, most of the characters are various shades of gray, some bad guys even have some redeeming qualities. I'd read a Billy Bob novel quite a while back and I don't remember Lucas being such a backwoods dolt. Not my favorite James LEe Burke but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joey | 7/1/2009

    " I loved the language and the sense of place. "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrators

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.