Monday, 5 September 2016

Book review: Hell Paso by Matt Cole

Morgan Latimer is a drifter, riding through the West trying to escape his past and especially trouble. He seeks peace. During his travels, he is forced to take shelter in a cave as a massive and ominous dirt storm plunges him into darkness. After the storm passes, Latimer overhears a scuffle breaking out between a man and a woman at a nearby creek. When the man becomes too fresh with the woman, Latimer – not being a man to sit back and watch a woman be assaulted – intervenes. Immediately, he knows he has found the trouble he was trying to avoid…

The thing I liked most about this book, apart from the title, was that it involved a feud rather than a range war. The scenario, the build up and the conclusion were quite believable and enjoyable. From a writing perspective, it wasn't limited to one or two points of view and therefore allowed for a complete picture full of detailed characters all contributing to the storyline. The pacing was steady, almost relaxed, with a few nice surprises and an unforeseen twist. Bearing in mind the plot, it wasn't overly bloody. If anything, I'd have liked a bit more violence, believe it or not.

This is the first book I've read by Matt Cole but it won't be the last.

To find out more about the author, read a recent interview here.

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