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Publication Order of Jess Williams Books

The Reckoning (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brother's Keeper (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sins of the Father (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burning (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dodge City Massacre (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell Hath No Fury (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The River Runs Red (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Dance (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Trail (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Badge of Honor (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Long Guns (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wanted (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tin Man (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retribution (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hired Gun (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunted (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ressurrection (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Cold Blood (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reagan's Riders (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bounty (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wagon Train (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killing (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hombre (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Body Count (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunt Down (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Grave (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Raven (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bounty Hunters (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Hell and Back (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Machete (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Streets of Laredo (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ride of Revenge (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Justice (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
God's Gun (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Cloud (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Redemption (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble in Navarro (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Heart (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Journey (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Transport (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Painted Ladies (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Range War (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossroads (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death By Lead (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dundee (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Christmas Miracle (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Old Guns (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wildcat (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hades (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fool's Gold (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Devil's Due (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kid (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gold Fever (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lone Wolf (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sister's Keeper (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Medicine Man (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shane (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chasing Evil (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stratton (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Deeds and Bad Seeds (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Matters (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return of Wildcat (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Outlaw Havens (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chase (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Gunslinger's Dream (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Greed (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ambushed (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Revenge (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Creek (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mysterious Ways (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell Town (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Pursuit (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Close Calls (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Triple Trouble (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lead Jury (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Apprentice (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Guardian (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Schoolmarm (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Berkshire (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wounded (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Justice Reigns (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ranch Hand (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Boone Gang (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Against All Odds (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nellie's Revenge (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gauntlet (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oklahoma Outlaws (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Payback (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plot (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taking Sides (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Devil or Angel (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rundown (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Martha Heller (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Men (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oden's End (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Notorious Four (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stealing Apples (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
John Smith (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calcutta (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Sister's Burden (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rescued (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Border (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Promise (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Left for Dead (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chakits (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cheyenne (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Good Men (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Salvation (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Long Ride to Justice (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mission (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Martha (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sam Smith (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Noah Brown (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Second Chances (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fresh Graves (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reedy (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Duo (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Samaritan (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elusive Prey (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Water War (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gambler (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Blood (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baxter (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellie Mae (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jess Williams Series

American author and previous full-time mayor Robert J. Thomas is well known for his westerns, writing countless books over the years. Now retired from politics, he mostly devotes his time to writing western novels, making him one of the most prolific novelist within his genre. This has seen him becoming hugely popular all over the world, with readers from all over coming to appreciate his extensive work and writing. One series that he’s become particularly well known for is that of his long-running ‘Jess Williams’ collection of books, which have been running for a long time now.

The Jess Williams series itself has been running for well over thirty novels, as it has the room to continue expanding indefinitely. There’s also been compendium editions, with the first three books in the series brought together back in 2017, titled the ‘The Jess Williams Trilogy.’ It’s a long-running series of novels, but each title is largely stand-alone featuring a separate self-contained adventure in each one.

These Western novels follow the character of Jess Williams as he travels around America collecting various different bounties. Tracking down dangerous wanted individuals, he finds those with a bounty on their heads, as he deals with the trauma of losing his own family in a brutal killing. Growing up in Black Creek, Kansas, he’s a young boy who comes home to find his family murdered, setting him off on a path for justice.

The Reckoning

Originally published in 2003, this would begin the Jess Williams series of novels, introducing the character for the first time. Setting up the world of the books, it also establishes the initial premise, giving it in a straightforward manner for the reader. With a self-contained story and adventure, it also paves the way for the following novels, while featuring its own singular narrative.

Growing up in Black Creek, Kansas, Jess Williams is an otherwise normal young boy living in the 1800s, that is until his family are brutally murdered. Seeking to exact revenge on those that did the deed, he begins to practice with his father’s Colt .45, soon becoming super quick on the draw to the point of being unbeatable. Leaving town he now aims to find those that killed his family and bring about vengeance and justice, hunting down the three men responsible for the crime. Setting off on his journey, he’s looking for the reckoning to end it all, with his pistol and holster fastened tightly at his side.

As an opening to the series, this works extremely well on a number of different levels, really delivering the core premise of the franchise. Setting up Jess Williams as a character, the story gives the reader a real idea of exactly who he is and what it is that he’s about. Perfect for fans of the Western genre, as it has all the tropes there, while turning them on their head and doing something different with them in the process.

Brother’s Keeper

First published in 2011 on the 3rd of August, this would be the second in the Jess Williams series of Western novels. Continuing on from where the last left off, it manages to recapture both the style and the tone of what came before in the previous book. It would also feature a stand-alone story of its own, bringing forward the arc of Williams as a character and developing it, along with the world around him.

Returning to Black Creek in Kansas after killing the men who murdered his family, Jess Williams goes back home. Here he comes up against Dick Carter, as he finds himself embattled in a bloody war to end all wars, as he faces off with Carter’s hired killers. Carter wants revenge for Jess killing his only son Red, and Jess must put an end to it all once again, that is if he wants to stay alive. Not only that, but he also discovers he has a brother who’s still alive, as he begins the search for a sibling he never knew he had.

This is a great sequel that really draws on the first, while also being its own unique story with something entirely different to say. There’s a lot of heart here too, as it really captures the core of what Jess Williams is about as a protagonist, showing precisely who he is. Fans of the series will find that this delivers on every level, offering another exciting Western adventure with plenty of action.

Sins of the Father

Published not long after the second novel in 2011, this would be the third in the Jess Williams collection of Western stories. With the world already being firmly established, this provides plenty of twists and turns, taking it all in a new and interesting direction. It would also pave the way for the fourth book titled ‘The Burning’ released in 2012 just one year later, along with the fifth book ‘Dodge City Massacre’ that same year. There would be a lot of development here, as it takes the action up a level, elevating it completely in the process.

This time hunting down his father Eddie Sloane, Jess almost hast him, and that’s when Marshall Frank Reedy turns to Jess with a desperate plea for help. Heading off to Timber Texas on at the request of Marshall, he finds himself directly in a war between two fighting cattle barons. With no idea of what’s heading his way, Rance Madden and his men lie unprepared as Jess comes directly for all of them. Taking them out one by one, Jess begins to tighten the grip on Rance and his men’s neck, as he begins to close in on them all.

The Jess Williams Series

As a classic series of stories with justice and retribution, it’s an engaging collection of novels with a lot to offer. Running for a long time, the character of Jess Williams himself is very well established, with an extensive backstory behind him. There’s plenty of twists and turns as the series progresses too, making it highly engaging and entertaining, keeping readers on the edge of their seats throughout and exemplifying the best of the Western genre.

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7 Responses to “Jess Williams”

  1. James Avery: 6 months ago

    Read all 116 twice and now waiting for the next one.
    Would love to see one with some of the gun fighters that Jess befriends. Especially the guy that use the bow and arrows with diamond tied to them. I believe he left Jess to go south in Texas to start a horse ranch.. Also more of the wolf.
    Great reads and waiting patiently for another.

  2. Diane Walker: 11 months ago

    Wondering when book 118 is coming out, so anxious

  3. Patricia B GOULD: 1 year ago

    I’ve read all of the Jess Williams books. Looking forward to book number 117. Would love to see him retire, get married and have a family.

    • Sandra: 1 year ago

      Just finished book 116, can’t wait for the next one, how long do I have to wait???????

  4. Rick Ogden: 1 year ago

    I have read every one in this series and waiting on a New one

  5. Dearle McKnight: 1 year ago

    I have read 15 books of JESS WILLAMS. WAITING FOR #16

  6. William Westlake: 2 years ago

    I have read all 111 books on my Kindle and Can hardly wait for the next book. Just received 112. My only complaint is they don’t publish 2 a month. Also would like to see more story’s with the wolf And female bounty hunter. Thank you for a great western…..SS1 William E. Westlake JR USCG Retired


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