Caliber of Justice is a two book series, containing eight adventures of Texas Ranger Shane Dawson. These stories tell the story of a young boy who experiences circumstances in his life that force him to seek revenge. Thanks to the aid and mentoring of two Texas Rangers, Shane Dawson becomes a welcomed help to them in tracking down the most violent criminals of west Texas, thus earning him the opportunity to himself become a Texas Ranger. The two books introduce you to Shane, and his acuaintenances, as they ride on many adventures together that span the course of Shane's life as a lawman. The Caliber of Justice allows the reader to become famliar with the main character and then follows him through his career as a Texas Ranger as he tracks down outlaws, robbers, Indians and horse thieves. The books contain the following adventures: BOOK 1: Texas Ranger Bounty Hunter Grapevine Stage Smoking Gun Book 2: Wagon Train Inside Man Cattle Drive Santa Maria
The fog was lifting as the sun began to rise early on this cold Texas morning. Gray smoke ascended softly from the chimney of a small bark shack. Shane Dawson had grown into a fine looking young man and was now eighteen years old, as he watched intently for any sign of movement or activity in the bark shack. This one room building was originally home to a squatter who had given up on attempting to farm this arid terrain, therefore abandoning the for the past several years, but today it was host to several members of the Dodge Madison Gang who were using it as a hideout from the law. Shane Dawson was now a grown young man, standing just an inch shorter than his six foot two father and weighing around 200 pounds, and was now quite an experienced brawler and an even better shot with a pistol or rifle. Shane had just experienced a difficult several years and was now on the verge of a resolution that he thought might bring a little peace to his otherwise hellish existence. The Madison Gang was no more than a hundred yards away, and so was justice.
David C. Gooch is a minister, earning his Master’s in Biblical Counseling in 2008. David is the husband of Deborah Gooch, an elementary teacher for the Fort Smith Public Schools, and the father of Meagan Gooch, and Jonathan Gooch. David has always held a love for western movies and writings, along with his daughter Meagan, his father John Gooch, grandfather Luther Gooch and his God-father, William Birdsong. From a very young age, David was introduced to the writings of Louis L’Amour and the classic western movies with John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Audie Murphy. David lives in Fort Smith, AR., which is home to the icon of western justice - Isaac Parker, and is the home of the Marshal’s Museum, and the referenced hometown in the newly remade John Wayne classic, “True Grit.” David’s writings mostly stem from the importance of justice in our American system that is no more exemplified than the lack of it in the old west. Being a citizen of Fort Smith, AR., David was influenced greatly by the heroic dedication of men like Judge Isaac C. Parker and U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves. Fort Smith resides on the border of Arkansas and Indian Territory, now known as Oklahoma. In the 1800’s, Fort Smith was the only U.S. Court and the only post for law enforcement for what was one of the roughest destinations for some of the west’s most notorious outlaws. Judge Isaac Parker was known as the Hanging Judge due to his thirst for justice and a quick sentence. Judge Parker had many marshals and deputies who risked their lives entering Indian Territory in order to bring to justice the bandits, murderers and horse thieves who would escape into the rough territory to hide from the law. During his career, Judge Parker tried over 13,490 cases, 344 of which were capital crimes, and 9,454 of the cases resulting in guilty pleas or convictions. Over 160 men were sentenced to death by hanging, although only 79 were actually executed. Judge Parker died of exhaustion after years of working six days a week, ten to twelve hour days. One of his most famous quotes can still be heard throughout the territories, “I have ever had the single aim of justice in view…’Do equal and exact justice,’ is my motto, and I have often said to the grand jury, ‘Permit no innocent man to be punished, but let no guilty man escape.” Judge Isaac Parker 1896