COTTON SMITH. Ring of Fire

Ring of FireCOTTON SMITH. Ring of Fire. Books in Motion. Audiobook, 7 CDs, $28.99, www.booksinmotion.com.

Cotton Smith spins a new adventure in this Civil War yarn. The action in this horse opera comes at a trot, with another deadly obstacle just over the hill or across the eye-stretching plains. Smith’s a veteran hand, his prose as tight and smooth as ever, and this narrative offers eight hours of fast-paced, action-filled listening that takes us back to a brutal time in the heartland.