Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Review of The Badman's Daughter

Steve M at Western Fiction Review has kindly reviewed my latest release The Badman's Daughter. Here's what he had to say...

It's been five years since the last Terry James Black Horse Western appeared, so the question is has it been worth the wait?

To find out, read Steve's review here.


Books I read in March

Here are the books I read in March. I've decided I read too many westerns and from now on I intend to include at least one other genre each month. As usual, I've included comments that are just my opinion.


Westerns

A Man Called Crow - Chris Adam Smith (also writes as Harry Jay Thorn)
Comment: I really enjoyed this. Unusually, it's written in first and third person point of view but this didn't bother me as the transitions were smooth. With lots of characters all adding to the story and plenty of action, I finished this in a few days and am looking forward to reading something else by this author.


The Guns of Skeleton Ridge: Laramie Davies no. 5 by BS Dunn
Comment: I love the Laramie Davies books and this one didn't disappoint. He's a no-nonsense gunslinger and that leads to action and excitement in bucketloads. By far my favourite character from this author.

Riding The Line - Will DuRey
Comment: I really enjoyed this. Good guys, bad guys, Indians, senseless shootings, injustices, wrongs righted. It had it all and I was on tenter hooks until the end wondering what the outcome was going to be.

Non-western

Frenchman's Creek - Daphne DuMaurier
Comment: I'm no stranger to DuMaurier, having read several over the years. I enjoyed it, although the ending was bittersweet and I find the style a bit slow. I love the depth of her characters though and that's very important to me.

See you for another update at the end of April.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Books I read in February

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.

The Enforcer (A Bannerman the Enforcer Western Book 1) – Kirk Hamilton
Comment: My first time reading a Bannerman book and I enjoyed it.

A Gun is Waiting (A Clay Nash western) – Brett Waring
Comment: I'm working my way through the Clay Nash books and finding them all equally enjoyable.

Long Ride To Serenity – Harry Jay Thorn
Comment: Unfinished - it just wasn't for me.



See you for another update at the end of March.

Read and Reviewed: Valley of Thunder by Sam Clancy


Josh Ford was the best man the Marshal Service had, so when the Governor of Montana needed someone to look into the disappearance of wagon trains in the Bitterroots, Ford was the man they chose. What he found was a brutal autocrat who ruled with such terror, the like of which had never been seen by Ford. From Helena, Montana, to the Bitterroot Mountains, then on to Seattle, Ford fights for his life and the lives of others against a maniac and his small army. When a final twist puts it all in jeopardy, Ford realizes that the badge he wears may be the difference between law and justice.

I've given this book 5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads and deservedly so, in my opinion. It's a rich story, well told and nicely written. From the outset I found it difficult to put down and, unusually for me, I finished it in three easy sittings. I enjoyed the short, pacy chapters and the way each one left me breathless to read the next. The descriptive writing is superb and I saw each landscape and action sequence in full technicolour as though it were playing out on a cinema screen. Each character was drawn with enough detail to substantiate their part in this fast moving tale. I believed I was there. I felt the pain. In my opinion, there was no fat in this story, no padding. It promised sweeping adventure and it delivered in spades.

I know this author quite well, we chat regularly, he's a nice guy and I like him and it could be argued I'm biased. It's true I've read and enjoyed everything he's written (barring the very latest, which I have to catch up on soon) but in his own words to me '...5 stars.You must have enjoyed it...you don't give them up without a fight'. I have been a fairly harsh critic of his writing in the past, never his storytelling which is always fantastic, more a lack of attention to typos, grammar and the like, but for what it's worth I believe the author writing as Sam Clancy, BS Dunn and Jake Henry has done what we should all be doing as writers and honed his craft so that he can now take his place among the best known and well loved western authors out there.

If you only read one book this month, read this one.