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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2011
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With ADVENTURES OF CASH LARAMIE AND GIDEON MILES, Edward A. Grainger has given fans of traditional Westerns something new and exciting to sink their choppers into. Not a fan of Westerns? Been a while since you've tucked into one? Prefer crime stories? No worries, these stories are as much crime, action, and adventure tale as they are Western. But all that genre affiliation aside, these are damn fine stories.

It would be an easy thing to go on and on about the tightly crafted plots, the characters so well rendered they feel as if they're speaking to you and pulling you into their adventures with them, the satisfying feeling of finishing one of these stories--and then finding there's another one to go, the disappointment at coming to the end of the book (though I've been told there are more such adventures to come)....

But what really should be said is that Edward A. Grainger (aka David Cranmer) is one of the most important writers of the new pulp movement, and these stories are very much worth your time. And for a buck? Egads, don't tell me you're still reading this review! Click "Buy Now," sink spur, and hang on....
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2011
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I confess, until I read Grainger's Cash and Miles stories, I always thought of Westerns as dusty, dated affairs. But Grainger proved me wrong. His blend of Westerns and crime fiction is pitch-perfect, bringing out the best in both genres. His take on the prejudices of his characters' time is both modern and nuanced, commenting beautifully on both their peers' biases as well as those our culture still carries today. And lordy, are these stories thrilling.

This collection is a steal at any price, and what Grainger's charging here, you'll feel like you just got away with something buying it. Just hope they don't send ol' Laramie after you; he don't take kindly to thievin'...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
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If you took a razor blade and ran it down a wet canvas half dripping with black ink, then smeared it into the white area, you'd get a good replica of the characters Edward Grainger draws out in Cash & Miles. The backdrop is late 1800's. Times are harsh. A shot of whiskey doesn't go far. Cash is the harbinger of the law, but he bears much more than this, he bears a conscience that is often at disagreement with the law. It's this inner battle that carries the reader eagerly through the stories and wanting more. Miles holds my favorite shoot out scene in "Miles To Go." He's full of spunk, grit and is a sort of cornerstone to the series. There's a bit of everything for everyone in the book: gunfights, love, humor, horror, friendship and grit. One of my favorite reads for this year. I highly recommend, especially for those who are fans of Stephen King's Dark Tower books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2014
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I did enjoy the short stories for the most part. The two main characters are interesting and likeable. I would have enjoyed these a lot more as a book rather than a group of short stories. You don't get a good flow of their adventures as it is...just stops and starts with another adventure. The one thing I disliked was the way the old time slang was thrown in at points. Sometimes it was as though the sentence was put in just so the slang could be used and it just felt awkward. I would still consider reading more by this author as that was not a major problem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2014
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This book is a series of old west short stories. Each short story is one of the adventures of US Marshals Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles. Each story stands alone and deals with moral issue. The characters are nicely developed and the plots interesting. The book is a very quick read (I read it in an afternoon). I found the stories interesting and I enjoyed them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 8, 2014
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The latest in the series of excellent westerns is a collection of five previously published tales. Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles as written by Edward Grainger contains snapshots of Cash and Gideon at various times of their lives. Their age may have slowed them down or worse, but the legacy of their actions lives on long afterwards.

Known by many as the “Outlaw Marshal” because of the way he often delivered justice, Cash Laramie has been gone for quite a while as “Missing” opens. He works out of the Cheyenne office as does Gideon Miles. Chief Deputy Devon Penn thinks that three months is enough and sends Gideon Miles sends him to go find Cash and get him back and on the job as it is 1888 and there is work to be done.

Messing with Cash as he sits at a table reading his paper in the Beckett Hotel and Saloon is not a good idea. It was a quiet July morning in “On The Death Of A President” until Colton showed up.

The young racist should be glad that Gideon Miles is trying to drown with whiskey his feelings over being forced to kill a man. It is a long way back to Cheyenne with the screams of the mother ringing loudly in his ears. So he needs a drink or two and really isn’t in the mood to have to kill an idiot. Otherwise he might not have had as much patience in “New Dog, Old Tricks.”

Cash and Gideon are on a hurried trip back to Cheyenne as an urgent case needs their attention. As it happens they are in the area of Mary Katherine’ home. As she is an old friend of Cash’s and the horses need tending to, Cash and Gideon have stopped by for a brief break from the trail in “Interlude.”

Miles is contemplating a major life change in “Bourbon Dreams.” It is time for something different for him as well as the woman he loves, Violet Pickard.

After Cash takes a beating as “The Wicked” opens he loses consciousness. If the folks who had grabbed him in 1911 had been smart they would have killed him while he was out. They didn’t.

“Legends” with Chuck Tyrell picks up above story about a decade later. It is May 1921 and Cash is on his way to New Orleans to see Gideon and Violet as well as deal with an old problem.

Cash is 79 in “Merciless” and can’t move like he used to back in the day. There are flying machines, telephones and more and unlike many others Cash still has that edge that helped claim the west. Something that those who mess with him would be wise to remember.

Memories and the past are also a major part of “Property Of A Gunfighter” with Chuck Tyrell. Mrs. Sadie Earp is only going to share a little bit about Wyatt and her past with the reporter who says her name is Veranda June. Since Gary Cooper sent her Sadie’s Way she will talk to her about a few things. Not only a good story, but a very nice way to end the book.

Following the stories is an excerpt from the most recent book “Dino Del Mar” of the Jack Laramie series. Known as the “Drifter Detective” Jack is the grandson of Cash Laramie and shares a lot of the same attitude.

Also included are cover shots of some other books available from Beat to A Pulp Press,

These previously published stories in this third collection are all very good making the Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles a very good read. While the setting of the Old West may not always be present, that attitude of not putting up with nonsense and dispensing justice as they see fit is still present in each and every one of these excellent stories.

Material supplied by the publisher in exchange for my objective review.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2014
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The third collection of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles stories. They're both older these days, most of the tales set in the twentieth century. The two men have aged gracefully and, while their reflexes may have slowed, nevertheless they are still dangerous men. A lifetime of caution have sharpened their minds. The fact that they are older helps as well, the young dismissing them because of it.

Several tales are by Chuck Tyrell, one a memorable remembrance by Wyatt Earp's wife Sadie to Cash's daughter Veranda Jane to a team-up of sorts between the pair in Alaska.

As always, an entertaining read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
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This collection of short stories is amusing and entertaining. I especially was taken with the effort to utilize the slang terms from the time period represented. I often had to stop, reread and ponder the meaning of a particular expression. Enjoyed it, but really would have loved some more stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2013
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Cash is a bit of a rebel and on the edge of the law in a good way. Bet we all would like to be like that!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2014
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An excellent collection of stories and vignettes that bring more depth to the history of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles. It fleshes out that history with the introduction of new characters whose lives intersect with those of Laramie and Miles. It takes us into the later stages of the lives of these two as well. Highly recommended.
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