Friday, 5 May 2017

Review: To The Death! (A Company 'C' Western Book 2) by Brent Towns


They fought like demons in a Mimbreño stronghold …

Captain Nathan Kelso was on the brink of drunken oblivion. He’d lost the respect of his commanding officer, and Company ‘C’ had been unofficially disbanded.

Now, with both bronco and Mimbreño Apaches raising hell throughout the territory, Company ‘C’ is finally called back into action – as an escort detail under the command of Major Matthew Hackett.

But things go wrong from the get-go. A patrol under a green lieutenant is all but wiped out and an incident involving two rabid coyotes sees Hackett badly injured. At least now, Kelso is back where he belongs – in command of the best damn’ company the cavalry has to offer.

When things go from bad to worse, however, Kelso has to lead his men into the Santa Rita Mountains on a do-or-die mission to save five female prisoners of the Apaches. It’s a trail that will see Kelso and Company ‘C’ fighting – to the death!

This is part of a series with characters created by Ben Bridges. The book is edited by Ben Bridges.

I enjoyed this book from page 1.

Brent Towns always writes with a large cast of characters, each one important to the plot and given the requisite amount of space needed to carry the story. His portrayals of their qualities and flaws seems very well balanced and realistic. However, he is not afraid to kill them off so it pays not to become attached!

Every scene is alive with detail and ambience, yet it never becomes bogged down. As I have said before when reviewing this author's books under different pseudonyms, I can see every scene and action as though it were playing out on a cinema screen. The flow of the writing moves the story forward at a good pace but it never feels rushed or negligent.

Once again, I am happy to recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Brent Towns (also Sam Clancy, BS Dunn). Luckily for me, he is a rabid writer and never leaves me waiting for long.

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