Monthly Archives: October 2017

Book Review: Edge: The Loner

It seems appropriate to publish this review the day before Halloween. It is one scary book. The timing is also good because this will be one of the odder reviews that I write. It’s for a book I haven’t — and won’t — read. George Gilman’s “Edge: The Loner” is one of the books featured

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Book Review: The Last Notch

“The Last Notch” is Arnold Hano’s twisted take on the traditional Western. The antagonist is known only as The Kid — we never learn his given name. It is established early on that he is pure evil, a hired killer who takes pleasure in striking fear and killing, sometimes slowly. He spends much of his

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Book Review: The Man in Black

Al Conroy wrote this book and it’s a fun read. The story is fairly common — a small town held under the thumb of a greedy (in this case, two), wealthy, cruel landowner. Town folk are afraid to stand up for themselves until a tall, strong, handy-with-a-gun stranger (Clayburn, no first name) rides into town

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Movie Review: True Grit; 1969

Following up on last week’s review of the book, “True Grit,” (not just one of my favorite Westerns, but one of my favorite books from any genre), I thought it would be fun to take a look at the original movie. “True Grit” was released only one year after Charles Portis’ book by the same

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The Two Utes

I’m working on the third book in the Brock Clemons series, tentatively named “Coyote Canyon.” One of the joys of writing this series, is doing the research, learning more about the time period, the people who lived in the Old West and the challenges they faced. In the second book, “Coyote Creek,” I introduce two

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Book Review: True Grit

“True Grit” is a story that many of us know, probably more as a result of two very popular movies than of the actual book itself. However, the book is well worth reading independently of the movies. A young girl, Mattie Ross, of Dardanelle, Arkansas, hires Marshall “Rooster” Cogburn, a man with a checkered past

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