was one of best western I have read in a long time. Mike has done his
homework. I love his other books also." Poke
Great western. Exciting book, well written,good plot and authentic
characters. Am looking forward to the next books in this series."
Bill on Amazon.com
is a good vivid read -- the pace is fast, the characters are all
well-defined, and the action is well handled. Set somewhere around
1868/1870, the historical details seem correct as does the backdrop of
the rugged Texas country which is strikingly evoked. The book deals
with ex-ranch hand turned lawman, Thadius McKinney and his two friends,
Missouri Clay and John Kartell. They become embroiled in a mystery
involving the US Cavalry, renegade Comanches and duplicitous town folk.
What appealed to me was that it isn't a clear-cut Western; I enjoyed
the twists and turns as the characters play out the story. It comes
down to how one action sets up a chain of reactions that could spiral
out of control unless dealt with head on. And that is what McKinney and
company do. The story could as easily be transposed to the modern day
and still have worked. McKinney is a tortured soul, still coming to
terms with losing his wife. It's the friends he has gathered around him
who help him during this emotional time. McKinney has a good
personality but I hope Stotter explores John Kartell's back-story in
another book. With Elmore Leonard telling Stotter to "Keep writing
those Westerns", who am I to disagree? In fact, I'm looking through
Stotter's backlist right now. " P.S.
stuff from a British master of a very American genre. Stotter once
again shows he may have been born within the sound of Bow Bells, but
has the authority to chronicle the dangerous days of the Old West."
Ralph Travis on Amazon.com