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Robert J. Thomas Books In Order

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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

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

NeverSafe (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Wanted(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wanted II(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Robert J. Thomas
Robert J. Thomas is a political author best known for his Jess Williams series. In 1990, this talented author was sworn as mayor for Westland City in Michigan. He stayed in office for twelve years, making him the longest-serving mayor in the region.

Thomas’s debut novel, How to Run for Local Office, was published when he was still in office. However, he only started working on the Jess Williams series after he retired. Thomas currently lives with his wife, Jill, in Mississippi.

The Reckoning
The Reckoning comes first in the Jess Williams series. This book introduces Jess Williams, who grew up in a loving family in Kansas. His adoptive parents treated him like their own, and the boy born in chaos saw a bright future ahead.

However, his life changes when ruthless outlaws murder his family. While no one seems keen to bring justice to his family, Jess vows to avenge their deaths.
He practices with his father’s Colt .45 every day until he becomes unbeatable in shooting.

By the time he leaves home, Jess is a highly skilled shootist whose only mission is to kill the three men who killed his family. The fact that he has a unique pistol and holster gives him an advantage over the ruthless men he will encounter on his quest.

Throughout this book, Jess will be on a shooting spree killing everyone who was somehow involved in his family’s killing. He will be going against seasoned killers, so things will get heated at certain times.

However, you will find it hard to put the book down, and with each challenge, you will be rooting for this determined young man. The heartbreaking part is that his birth father and brother were involved in his adoptive parents’ killings, and he was ready to eliminate them.
Jess’s character is well developed. The brief on his life helps you understand where he is coming from, so you sympathize with him even he turns into a killer. While he will injure more people on his quest for revenge, it is amazing how Jess remains protective of those he loves.
The rest of the cast is well developed, too, and the author has done a good job of describing the wild west and the outlaws who ruled it for many years.
One of the things that you will love about this story is how fair Jess fights. He is careful not to bring any harm to his friends, and he is generally kind to those who have not done him any harm.

While he ends a few lives, Jess is only looking to stop murderers who had been on the loose for far too long. You will also enjoy the pacing and the twists that come at the most unexpected time.

The story remains captivating to the last page, and the ending will leave you searching for the next book in the series.
The Reckoning is a great start to a captivating wild west story. There is a lot of action, and once Jess starts shooting the people who cross his path, the tension rises to exhilarating levels.

You will enjoy meeting Jess, learning about his life story, and supporting him in his quest for justice. This book is slightly over 300 pages, and you can gobble it in a sitting or two.

Sins of the Father
Sins of the Father comes third in the Jess Wiliams series. If you have read the first two books in this series, you know how Jess found his strange yet famous gun. In the first two books, this young man has been confronting his ghosts and dealing with the men who killed his adoptive parents.

His birth father, Eddie Sloan, is among these men, and after searching for him for two years, Jess finally has him in sight. However, thanks to a desperate call from a friend, Jess has to abandon his mission and head to Timber, Texas, where a bloody war between cattle barons is going on.
Rance Madden has hired guns who have been harassing Marshall Frank’s team. When Rance’s men start dying one after another, he has no idea how much trouble is coming to his doorstep.

However, the ruthless killer can feel the death grip tightening his throat, and there is no telling when his day will come.
Will Jess eliminate this ruthless man once and for all? What happens when everyone discovers that he is involved in the strange killings?
Once again, the author takes you on an action-filled adventure to the wild west, where ruthless murderers run the show. However, a young man is bringing order into the lawless land by eliminating these heartless individuals one by one.

On these pages, you will meet Gray and Sharps, the two horses who follow Jess everywhere he goes. You will also meet Shadow, the wolf who always appears whenever Jess is in trouble.

Just like books 1 and 2, this third installment comes with a great plot, loads of actions, and characters that will stay in your mind long after you have finished reading. Jess’s skill with the gun is improving by the day, and he is no longer afraid to confront the evil men surrounding him.
It is sweet how the protagonist abandons his mission when his friend calls for help. While Jess had turned into a killer, just like his father, his actions were justifiable, and you will be rooting for him to the last page.

When called to help, Jess doesn’t hesitate and immediately goes to this town. His shooting skills will come in handy, but defeating the outlaws will not be easy, even with his expertise.

However, you can be sure that you are going to enjoy every bit of this wild ride.
Sins of the Father is a perfect read if you enjoy western stories. This book is a bit complex than the first two because Jess will be confronting an even bigger problem. However, the storyline remains as intriguing as in the first two installments.
A small town in Texas is under siege with Jess’s friend in the middle of all this mess.

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5 Responses to “Robert J. Thomas”

  1. Judy niebaum: 7 days ago

    WAITING for book 126. I’ve read them all. Used to be available on kindle between the 6-8 of every month… on kindle it seems like it skips a month and I never know when I’ll find it. Love the books

  2. Allan Syraw: 2 months ago

    I love the series. Looking forward to #124. How can I be notified when it’s published?

  3. Tom Lowry: 10 months ago

    I too have read every Jesse Williams book you have written. You cannot write enough of them for me.

  4. Eve: 11 months ago

    I have read ALL of your Jess Williams books and check your name on Amazon monthly for the next book. Needless to say I am addicted to this series.
    Please email me when your next book is available. Thank you and please keep writing. Eve

  5. Fred: 1 year ago

    I do enjoy these books . I am starting to read Payback number 89 . second time reading and would like to know how many Jess has put down , I cannot keep count as I must keep reading . Has someone done a body count ?


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