Sunday, 29 January 2017

Books I read in January

Here are the westerns I read this month. I've included links to those that I've already reviewed and comments to those I haven't.

Undercover Gun (A Clay Nash western) – Brett Waring

Rimrock Renegade – Ned Oaks

High Hell (A Bodie the Stalker Western Book 3) – Neil Hunter
Comment: I'm enjoying the Bodie books and only wish I had more time to read them.

Arizona Wild-Cat (A Larry and Stretch Western Book 2) – Marshall Grover
Comment: A partnership made in heaven, a tight plot, fist fights, gun fights and humour. What's not to like?

Showdown In Badlands - Shorty Gunn
Comment: I bought this book by accident but I'm happy to say it was a fortunate slip of the finger. Once the story got going I couldn't wait to read on. The bad guys are as mean as mean can be. The good guys are...I leave you to decide. All I will say is that everyone seemed to get their just desserts in the end and I didn't feel any remorse over the outcomes. I'll be reading more by Shorty Gunn.

See you in February.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Terry James - news

A NICE START to the year with The Crowood Press accepting my latest story for publication under their Black Horse Western line. I've really enjoyed writing this one and I'm confident that it will go down well with my regular readers. It's called Legacy Of A Gunfighter and here's the preliminary back cover teaser to whet your appetite.

Following his release from prison, all gunfighter Luke Nicholls wants is revenge against William Grant the man who almost killed him. Unfortunately, when the two meet, things don’t go the way Luke had imagined. Struck down by a mysterious malady, his confidence is shaken. More complications arise when Kate Portillo, a woman out to avenge the murder of her husband, tries to enlist his help. He refuses, determined not to lose sight of his own ambition, but Grant has other ideas. Dragged into a fight for survival, the odds are suddenly stacked even higher against Luke. As outside forces emerge and the game starts to take shape, Luke realises that his part in it was never in doubt.  This is the legacy of a gunfighter and he will have to dig deep to claim his reward.

I'M ALSO HAPPY to report that my previous release The Badman's Daughter has been receiving good reviews. It's been given 4 and 5 stars on Goodreads and fellow author Jack Giles (aka Ray Foster) gave it 5 stars and a nice review on Amazon..If you have not read a Terry James western then this is a good place to start. Full characters and a taut plot puts this book into the unputdownable category. It's also spent quite some time in the top 100 Kindle downloads on Amazon UK (Westerns genre) reaching no.11 at its peak, so thank you to all those who have been kind enough to buy it.

I'M NOW GEARING up to get started on a new story tentatively titled The Crooked Brand about cattle rustling and revenge - with a twist of course.

That's all for now. Keep reading.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Read and reviewed: Rimrock Renegade by Ned Oaks

Hank Chesham spent five years in a New Mexico prison, convicted of a crime he didn't commit. When he was finally released, he only wanted to return home to his ranch, the Rimrock, and resume his old life. But then he discovered that he had been betrayed by both his wife, Phoebe, and his best friend, Ted Flynn, who had conspired to steal the Rimrock from him. Now Chesham has but one thing on his mind: vengeance. Before he can take action, however, Flynn unleashes some of his hired killers and nearly succeeds in murdering the Rimrock's real owner. Chesham barely survives after he is secretly nursed back to health by his former wife's sister, Mandy. They decide to make a future together. Back in fighting shape, Chesham takes the fight to Ted Flynn, and he will stop at nothing until he brings his enemies to their knees and reclaims what is rightfully his.

I’ve read all of Ned Oaks’ Black Horse Westerns and I admit that he is still one of my favourite authors. This one has been sitting on my Kindle since it was released November 2016 and it has taken me until now to get to it. I’m happy to say, it didn’t disappoint me.

Heavily populated with a good mix of characters, it moves along at a breakneck pace, being action-packed from start to finish. It is violent in places but this is well described, not sanitized but not overly gory, which is what you expect with a Black Horse Western. Although Hank Chesham is a man wronged, I admit that I found myself losing sympathy for him as the body count started to rise. However, by the end of the book as I settled into his psyche, I was rooting for him. The ending didn’t quite ring true for me based on the lead up but, all in all, it was satisfying and didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

I’ll definitely be looking out for more by this author.

If you'd like to find out more about Ned Oaks, you can read an interview with him here.

Available from Amazon, The Crowood Press and other good booksellers.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Read and reviewed: Undercover Gun (A Clay Nash Western Book 1) by Brett Waring

Clay Nash and his neighbour Cash Matthews were never going to be friends. Matthews was a big, powerful rancher who always wanted more. Clay was just a homesteader, content with his lot. But when Matthews went after Clay’s land—and fenced off the water Clay’s cattle needed in order to survive—Clay had no choice but to declare war.
It was a foolish gesture that could only end one way, and it did—with Matthews sentencing Clay to a long, lingering death on the high desert. But somehow Clay survived, and when he came back for revenge, he was a new man, a harder man, a man who showed no mercy to his enemies. Clay Nash was Wells Fargo’s secret weapon … an undercover gun.

I enjoyed everything about this book. From the moment I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down - couldn't put it down.

Clay Nash has adversity thrust on him at every turn and like a true hero he survives and rises above it. The action is relentless in this story, as are the events that lead to the exciting finale. The author provides well developed characters, colourful scenery and enough violence to satisfy those readers who like their fiction gritty. If you're after a sanitised western look elsewhere because this one doesn't pull any punches.

Brett Waring is a pseudonym of Keith Hetherington, a prolific Australian writer whose books I have had the pleasure of reading previously. This is an older title that has been rereleased by Piccadilly Publishing and forms part of a series of 3 to be available between now and April. I've already pre-ordered mine.