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When All Hell Breaks Loose

Russ Towne is a friend who writes books in a variety of genres, including children’s books — which I love. But in the past year or so, Russ has worked his way into the world of Westerns, and he is a welcome addition. We’ve done a few projects together, which have all been enjoyable. Russ’

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Showdown at Possum Trot

“Showdown at Possum Trot” by David Watts is good old-fashioned Western fun. It’s got plenty of bad guys, including one very bad guy (Horse Diggins) who runs the whorehouse but, of course, wants to run everything. It’s got a stand-up sheriff with a quick temper and a quick gun, a whore with a heart of

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Six Bullets to Sundown, Volume 14

“Six Bullets to Sundown, Volume 14” is (and this should be no surprise) the 14th book in the “Six Bullets” series. It’s a relatively new series, and a new volume is being released almost monthly. This particular anthology has six stories by six different authors. As with most anthologies, I liked some stories more than

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The Guns of Gray Buffalo

For those kind enough to follow my blogs closely, you may remember that I reviewed a Robert Hanlon book, “Timber: United States Marshal,” back on Oct. 18. “The Guns of Gray Buffalo” is the second book in Hanlon’s “Timber” series (probably the first and last to not include Timber in the title), and it’s a

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The Californian Mustanger

Jim Burnett and I have worked on a couple of projects together, including each contributing a short to a project he spearheaded, “Guide My Hand, Precious Lord,” a series of religious-based Western short stories. We’ve never had a chance to meet, but have spoken and written quite a bit, and while we differ on some

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Flynn

I hadn’t read any of Ken Farmer’s books, but I’ve been following him for a bit. He was nice enough to contact me about another project, and I took the opportunity to ask him which of his books would be a good one to start with. He suggested Flynn, the eighth book in his “The

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High Plains Drifter

I write a quite a few short stories and enjoy doing so. I’ve published a couple books of shorts (“Tales From Dry Springs” and “Tales From the Grand Canyon”) and am always pleased when my shorts are picked up in anthologies, many of them the brainchild of my brilliant publicist, Nick Wale. But I realized

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A Dark & Stormy Night

“A Dark & Stormy Night” is an unusual project. 52 different Western writers were each given the same prompt. In this particular case, the prompt was an homage to Charles Schultze and Snoopy: “It was a dark and stormy night.” Each writer was required to use this prompt as the first sentence for their 500-word

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Timber: United States Marshal

Subtle is not a word I would use to describe Robert Hanlon’s “Timber: United States Marshal.” Granted, you’re almost four pages in before Timber kills his first four men. And the story picks up steam from there and never slows down, not even for a page. The storyline is deceptively simple. Two Western stereotypes —

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