Post a Comment. Monday, 20 June Cotton's War. By Phil Dunlap. Memphis Jack Stump used to wear a badge and uphold justice until one drink too many cost him his job — and his friendship with Cotton. In some ways this is an old-fashioned traditional western, but that is not a criticism. In fact some readers will welcome this, as the book contains very little bad language, no explicit sex or graphic violence of the kind that can be found in many other westerns being written today. I highly recommend this novel and look forward to the seque.
I don't usually like books of the Western genre, but this one is well written and the dialog and characters compelled me to keep reading. I am enamored of Doc. I'd like to see a sequel with Doc as the main character. You don't need to read McKendree Long's bio to discover he is from a long line of military veterans.
In addition to his vivid descriptions of Western landscapes, Long uses authentic dialogue for his characters I love it when an author gets this right , and takes the reader back to the violent Old West with a compelling plot that has twists and turns right up to the final pages. Long shows he has an obvious talent for smoothly blending intricate historical facts into his scenes, making this novel all that historical fiction should be: educational, enlightening, and, most of all, entertaining!
Max Garrison comes to town and meets Miss Danielle Sommer. He wants to court her, but she's hesitant. While raised by a white couple, she is Mexican and doesn't quite fit in.
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That doesn't matter to Max. Does he have the patience to win Dani's heart? Yeary's writing draws the reader completely into Dani's world. It's easy to understand her loneliness and that she doesn't fit in. It's also delightful to learn Max wants to be with her because of the person she is.
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The story's message is subtle, yet clear: God loves us for who we are. I especially liked the rich characterization and the authentic details that Yeary peppers into the story to make you feel like you're right there with Max and Danielle. Angel and the Cowboy speaks to the true meaning of Christmas. Sam Heller and Johnny Cross are exciting new characters in what I hope will be many more books in this new series. I raced through its pages in a couple of days.
I sure hope J. Johnstone gave the publisher another pages or so and I think he did because Sam Heller's alliance with a sassy, young Mexican beauty was left unfulfilled and she is going to want to lift his hair over it. We shall see.. Savage Texas is most certainly a man's man kind of read, but being a woman I can say that I too was gripped with excitement while reading this book. The descriptive writing put me right inside the action and I was on the edge of my seat just waiting for the moment that Sam Heller and the rest of his men bring down the treacherous Brock Harper!!
This is truly a Johnstone gem and I cannot wait to get more acquainted with this new fella Sam Heller! The authors William W. Johnstone now deceased and his nephew J. Johnstone have done it again! Then a "Crime Wave" hits the town starting with Cotton as its first victim mugged,his beloved horse "Critter" murdered and the 'front man' for a traveling show stabbed to death.
The town comes down hard on Cotton annuoncing he will be replaced but Cotton requires 30 days written notice prior to leaving and vows to get the crimes solved with or without a badge on his chest. There are loads of twists and turns with the 'old west jargon' of those not formally educated permeating the story.
It's easy to picture youself right there in Doubtful while everything is going on. Pretty showgirls, randy cowboys, a crooked town judge, the odd but dangerous sheriff of the neighboring county and his criminal pal starting to take over, lots of townswomen marching in protest of the scantilly clad showgirls on stage attracting all the men in town and at the nearby ranches who aren't spending their earnings at the stores they and their husbands own This is another enjoyable novel that covers lots of plots and sub-plots and spicey scenes without foul language or words that youngsters should not hear.
Things hadn't gone well for Cotton Pickens of doubtful lately. He'd been robbed on Main Street. Then someone stole his horse, Critter. His room was broken into and his pistol belt and gun were taken things had been peaceful lately and that thing was heavy. Then Critter was found dead outside of town. Someone didn't like him.
The leaders of Doubtful weren't happy. He was told he would be fired, but he couldn't quit until they found a replacement. Ike Berg, "Iceberg," a sheriff in a neighboring county is auditioning and he makes no bones about not liking Cotton's brand of enforcement and starts making arrests on his own. A well dressed stranger is found knifed to death.
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Cotton begins to get mad. Most of the crime wave seems aimed at him. Who wants him out of the way? And Why? A humorous series rapidly becoming a favorite. I've not figured out who J. Johnstone is this time around. It's great to get another story about Preacher. In this one we get to meet some friends of his which were not in any of the other books, see him engaged in a ton of battles, observe his handling of a sweet young Indian woman who wants him permanent-like and her tribe's War Chief who has some serious other ideas on the subject.
As usual, Preacher is a terror when fighting and quite the strategist when it comes to tactics while outnumbered or outgunned. This is or so pages of non-stop action that leaves you wishing there were another or so to go. This writer truly has the beautiful gift of being able to offer a taste of what she can write in this simple but powerful short stories. I found myself lost immediately in each one and wanted to much more when I got to the end. The way I viewed each of these stories were like the old radio western stories our grandparents and parents would listen to on the radio.
Just enough of the episode to keep you on the edge of your seat and then tuning back in the following evening just to hear what happened next. I would LOVE to see Elisabeth Grace Foley write a full length novel on one of the stories she has so eloquently captured in this collection, but for those of you that love those classic western tales of life on the wide open range with danger and intrigue around the corner with a touch of romance tossed in for good measure, then this is the perfect collection for you. Here's a synopsis of what you'll find in the book from the author: Suspense, humor and a touch of romance await in seven short stories of the American West.
In the title story, "The Ranch Next Door," a cattleman's young son dreads breaking the news to his family that he has fallen in love with the daughter of a neighboring sheep rancher despite an ancient feud between the two families. In "Cross My Heart," a boy is torn between betraying his conscience or a fugitive friend, and in "Delayed Deposit," five people are taken hostage during a bank robbery that turns into a tense standoff. The collection also includes the award-winning "Disturbing the Peace," honorable mention in the Rope and Wire short story competition.
These seven stories total approximately 40, words or book pages. As you can see there are some great stories locked within the pages of this wonderful book and I was honored to be asked to review this book by the author for my honest opinion. Being a huge fan of western historical fiction, I couldn't wait to read this one and hope for many many more from her in the future.
In my opinion the reader will not be disappointed and this one rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. The archetypal Western story generally tends to follow a revenge plot line. It is however, seven wonderfully told short stories that will hold your attention until the last word. While they involve some gun-play, these stories aren't the classic shoot-em up Western that made the genre famous.
They are instead character studies, and there is even a sprinkling of romance thrown in for good measure. These stories are ripe with themes and morals that will stick with you after you've read them. As an ex-police officer and firearms instructor, I can add my wholehearted endorsement to "The Long Shooters. Buy this book. You'll enjoy it. Rarely can a western novel re-define its genre.
This one does, in nothing less than a masterful fusion of multiple genres. Not satisfied to just craft a truly epic western, this author goes on to blend an American classic with elements of the mystery-thriller and detective fiction. Dan Chamberlain's unmistakable depth of knowledge in western lore and firearms is nothing short of remarkable, while lending an authentic and believable touch to every page of the book.
Fans of the Great American Western will be delighted, while readers of all genres will be surprised to learn what they have been missing. Its just that good! This is a great western. Well written, and it keeps you engaged. Well worth the 5 bucks! Great characters and the descriptive nature put you into the setting. If you are a fan of Louis L'Amour you will enjoy this. If you've been to Yellowstone, you may have seen Mattie's grave and been curious as to who she was. This book answers that question as well as possible. The author went to great lengths to find information and she puts it together very well.
I very much enjoyed the book and use the information often in my work in Yellowstone National Park. I recommend it for anyone who is interested in Yellowstone stories. A Woman's Journey West is a must read! Nan Weber's unique approach of re-creating the life of a pioneer woman and her family is entertaining, educational and interesting.
This is a well written book! I am looking forward to more works from this talented author! Great research and writing brings Mattie Culver to life. Nan Weber shows that even though Mattie Culver died in , she still reach out and touch us today. Many people have given me their reactions to Yellowstone Chip Samuell's story. It fills me with joy to know that Chip brings back memories of their own family member. I enjoy hearing the stories about their own Uncle and his days in Montana or the "character" that entertained them while at a dude ranch or the Grand Canyon.
Equally important to me is the reaction to my research that document's Chip's journey through the his life. Chip brings life to his Yellowstone days, his wrangling and of course his music, but what he doesn't say gives me the opportunity to document his contribution to what sometimes seems like a lost era. Being told the research helps brings an understanding to their own family during the depression makes an author know the words work.
Thanks to all those who read, react and respond. Praise for "Timothy's Home": Author, Elaine Littau proves herself to be a seasoned and skilled storyteller in "Timothy's Home", the final installment of the Nan's Heritage series. Touching, often heart-wrenching, this inspiring novel will make you love her characters and leave a smile on your face long after the last page is read. As a reviewer I have become in tuned to the heartbeat of many authors. I can sense the excitement of the thrill in a suspense read, the fear in a murder read, the faith in a Christian read as they pen their words.
A true writer does not write from the mind, but from the heart. That is what I found in this outstanding work by, Stoney Greywolf Bowers. Poetry can be tricky to write and to read. The words of a poet tell a story, paint a picture, create an emotion within us, or they leave us dry and wanting. Within the pages of this wonderful collection, "Reflection from the Wilderness," author, Stoney Greywolf Bowers, breaths the very depth of his heart and life into the reader.
Through his words the life of a cowboy, the life of the Native American, the life of the wilderness becomes a living force that awakens excitement of the reality of a special time in our world. A time that needs to be remembered, cherished, and honored. All of the words within this book touched me in one way or another, everyone unique and brimming with words that will set your heart afire, and several touched my very Spirit.
A Fighting Cheyenne Never Dies, left me with the words, forgive us. Colorado Wilderness, left me with a sense of pride at the beauty and majesty of our land, and Jake and The Snake, caused me to smile. However, Cowboy Ride, my favorite, brought tears to my eyes and a prayer that the cowboy never dies. Few works have stirred such emotions within me. I believe to me, this collection voices the heart cry of our heritage. Part of America slowly disappearing that needs to be captured and remembered.
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It is the greatness of a nation, the fortitude of men, animals, land and the struggle to survive. This work is more than a collection of poetry, or one man's memories, it is a work of art and history. Truly a book that I am proud to give my highest recommendation to and urge you to read this book, enjoy it over and over again, and pass it down from generation to generation. A true keepsake. It is an honor to have read this book. I truly say thank you to our talented author. Micah is retired from the US Marshal's. He is enjoying his time with his family on his ranch.
Little does his family know, he is suffering from Cancer. He has told no one as he does not want anyone to worry or better yet, make him bed ridden. He gets a telegram from his doctor up at Ft. He gets his things together to go for a week long trip. Addie sleepy eye comes down to see where her grandpa is going. He tells he to go back to bed and he is going to the doctors. As soon as Micah leaves Nathan Priest moves in for the kidnapping of Addie and they also take her friend Lucinda with them. In order to get the girls, Nathan shoots Addie's father and kills Lucinda's father.
Nathan, his 4 cohorts and the 2 girls set off to a cabin far off. When Micah gets to the doctors office he soon finds out his doctor did not send for him at all and he high tails it back to his ranch to see about his family. He gets home to learn his granddaughter has been kidnapped and who all has been hurt or killed. After talking to Addie's father, he now knows who he is after and gets his things together to go hunt the man down. Before he can leave the ranch, one of his hired hands Jed, stops him as he wants to go along.
After a long talk the two head out. What will happen? Will the ex Marshal find them? What will the body count be? I loved this western read the characters pop and the story line keeps you reading till the end. I had a hard time putting this book down. There are some amazing secrets in the story along with some fantastic twists. I was totally wrong in who set the plan up to take out Micah.
Wayne does an excellent job with the story, the knowledge, and the characters so much so you don't want the book to end. One of my favorite characters was Jed. An innocent young man who feels as Addie is his little sister and Micah as his father and wants to help get her back. He learns a lot along the way and turns out to be a strong man. There are some funny scenes with Jed. I do hope there will be more westerns like this from Wayne. He has a fan in me. Bob Kinford is a life long student of the horse.
He has spent the last forty years working on ranches and feedlots, and training horses across the west. Perhaps the most important thing he has learned over the decades is that there is always a reason a horse becomes a "problem", and that most of the time the problem is caused from past handling or injury. From The Horse's Mouth not only teaches the reader to look for the reason behind the problem, but keeps them entertained as well! Stan Lynde's novels are laced with wry humor, thoughts on the art of living and growing, toughness and tenderness, and the keenest understanding of human nature I've ever seen in fiction.
Wheeler, Seven time SPUR Award winner and winner of the Owen Wister Award "Lynde's pleasant, genuine narration, tinged with both wit and grit, carries the narrative; the authenticity, country humor, and vibrant characters all make for a warmly entertaining read. Satisfying Western fare, in the vein of Louis L'Amour. Once again, popular author Stan Lynde blends humor, suspense, and high adventure to create a story rich in characterization and sense of place. Saving Miss Julie is an exciting and fast-paced tale told by a master storyteller. I just got this book today and I'm already in Chapter I can't put it down.
It is that good. I peaked at the end of it and am happy to say that it has a happy ending.
This book would make a great movie. Hayden Christensan can play Alexander Campbell. I read "Tame a Wild Heart". I liked it. It is really good. The author has woven all of the plots and sub plots together beautifully.
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All westerns have some element of romance in them, so I can truly call this a western even though it had a little more romance than I am used to. I liked the book within a book, the penny dreadful. The research, for instance on the Henry Rifle, and the attention to detail is exceptional. All of the characters were true to form and believable. All in all, I think it is a wonderful job. Anyone who enjoys western fiction and romances would like to read this book This is a warm-hearted romance, with a feisty heroine and a wonderful hero. Cynthia has created memorable scenes, within a remarkable western.
I love the story-within-the-story aspect, and of course, the HEA! Well done!. He brings alive rich characters like Maggie Magee, whose feminine allure sparkles like a nugget even under a crust of tragedy and hardship when she is thrust into the world of hard-working, hard-drinking miners of the midth century. She has to struggle against villainy embodied by the likes of a half-breed named Cherokee Bill and Smiling Jack, whose moniker stems from a knife scar that stretches almost ear-to-ear.
Fortunately for Maggie, she is surrounded by nobler souls such as young Tom Marsh, who leans on her for maternal comfort as he watches his real family wither away under the pressure of conditions that molded a new era in American history. It is the author's keen familiarity with the unfolding of this era that makes "Hangtown Creek" such an absorbing story, and which creates a yearning for more. A great read and a must for us western frolicking connoisseurs. This is a must for those who know little really about life in the Gold Rush Times.
Enjoy every word as I did. Sanders has definitely written a book that should entertain all children and adults who read it, and could be just the book that sees them becoming western readers of the future. Sanders' "The Littlest Wrangler" may be the most captivating Western for young readers written in a long, long time. Half a century old and I've only lived one year west of the Mississippi, yet the West still seduces me! Cowboys and log cabins, railroads and dude ranches To find a book brimming with stories and photographs of no-names and celebrities on a Nevada divorce ranch in the 's, that was a nostalgia trip; then to read the deeper lines of a hundred romances lost and found, that was a serious journey into the evolving role of women.
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Instead, this intriguing volume invites people in my waiting area at work to reminisce, to feel, to laugh. Sometimes they look like little birds, circling, chirping and pointing toward this picture or that. You'd think they found the last worm on earth If you love history, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and cowboys, this book is for you.
Being from Minnesota and working at Lake Tahoe in the mid's and now being a resident of Reno, I found this book to be a lot more than it's title indicates. Yes, the Reno area was known for being the Divorce Capital of the World, but Bill McGee takes the reader into the back mountains of the Sierras, into the world of New York socialites settling in Virginia City and into what must have been a unique place to live and work - the Flying ME Ranch.
Even before I knew of the dude ranch, this spot between Carson City and Reno is one of beautiful ranches with white picket fences, Ponderosa Pines and mountain views second to none. Bill and Sandra take the reader back to a time that was unique and one that will probably never exist again. The photography is wonderful and probably tells a story all by itself. This is definitely a worthwhile read and a great coffee table book Bill and Sandra McGee have authored a fascinating account of an almost forgotten era of the Old West.
The old days of the romantic Nevada dude ranch unfold in a format reminiscent of "The Love Boat". Told through the eyes of real life cowboy, Bill McGee, we see east coast patrons come and go through the gates of the famous Flying M E Guest ranch. The dude guests are mostly women arrived to establish a six 6 week residency before securing a quickie divorce.
And while lounging at the Flying M E, who could blame a girl for romancing a handsome cowboy? The wonderful photographs alone make this coffee table book well worth its purchase. Fans of the old west should seriously consider adding this fine book to their collection. From to , Bill McGee was the head dude wrangler on the Flying M E, an exclusive divorce ranch 20 miles south of Reno that catered to wealthy Easterners, socialites, and Hollywood celebrities seeking a six-week Nevada divorce.
Bill's personal stories mixed with history provide ". I really enjoyed this story. I fell in love with Rip and Katherine. This was a well researched and well written story. Vivid details from the Civil war period. The story stayed with me long after I finished. Look forward to more stories from L. It's and the Civil War is still going on. Rip wonders from his hospital bed, climbs aboard his horse and sets off.
Days later a young southern boy finds the delirious Rip lying beside his horse and hurries home to get help. Rip is taken to a plantation where the boy's aunt, Katherine Stuart and her former slaves work hard to nurse Rip back to health. Katherine is young, single and in charge of the plantation. Problems arise when Katherine's evil brother-in-law returns home to find not only a Yankee being nursed, but one he knows and hates. Katherine sees Rip safely back to the Union lines, but finds herself in danger from her brother-in-law and his plan on taking the plantation for himself. I enjoyed the history and romance of this story.
He wonders around the woods and is found by Katherine Stuart. She takes him in and when he can travel he goes north. After he has recuperated he regains his command. When he was given the opportunity he goes by Katherine's to thank her and she is gone. The war took its toll on Rip and when it ended he decided to go to the Dakota Territory, Cheyenne. There he found Katherine in the hands of a man that had stalker her from the east. Rip must return to the Rip of old and stop his drinking to set Katherine free from this man.
It is a fast moving read that you will enjoy. Clint Walker, star of television's Cheyenne, suggested to author Kirby Jonas the basic idea for this novel of the Old West.