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Dead Man's Horse [Kindle Edition]

Mack Curlee
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Deputy US Marshal Jed Colter captures the dangerous half-breed, Charlie Bearsfoot, who's accused of murder. Colter ferrets out the facts, clearing Bearsfoot, which leads to an improbable alliance betweem them.

Colter learns of presidential nominee General Ulysses S. Grant's impending visit to Laramie. A plot to assassinate Grant is real. Colter's challenge? Find out who is behind it and stop them.

Colter enlists the help of Bearsfoot, a walking arsenal, and ex-sheriff Luke Radison, a good man to have around when trouble visits. They tenaciously pursue every lead: a body with no identification and a missing horse, a man posing as a US Marshal, and the enigmatic, battle-scarred Henry Jackson, who haunts the thoughts of Colter and his betrothed, Ellen Wellsley. Finding the dead man's horse may be the answer to their quandary, but time is running out.

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About the Author

Mack Curlee enjoys writing stories that are rooted in actual historical events. His inspiration for Dead Man’s Horse came from a documented visit to Wyoming by General Ulysses Grant. Jed Colter, the main character in Dead Man’s Horse, was first introduced to readers in Curlee’s premier novel, Trail’s End, which was published in 2010.

A US Air Force veteran, Curlee is a member of the Western Writers of America and makes his home in Madison, Mississippi, with his wife. When not exploring historical archives to find ideas for his next novel, he enjoys woodworking, college football, and reading.

Product Details

  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore (November 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man's Horse February 11, 2013
If you've ever enjoyed Zane Grey's stories of old west cattle drives or Louis L'Amour's vibrant descriptions of western landscapes, you'll relish those same qualities in Mack Curlee's second novel, "Dead Man's Horse." In addition, you'll meet Jed Colter again, now the deputy U. S. Marshall in Laramie, WY, and be drawn into the power struggles of a frontier town, painful remnants of the Civil War, and a surprise visit to Laramie by General U. S. Grant. You'll find Mack Curlee's storytelling of a murderous plot and a little known historical event intriguing. I certainly did!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great horse opera! September 11, 2013
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Westerners generally come in one of two versions, either they are formulaic retreads of tired old plots and interchangeable characters or occasionally a Western author comes along with a fresh take on the old west. This is one of those rare books that would be great no matter the locale nor the time frame.

Super plot, real characters (good and bad), and a story that moves along with nary a slow spot. This is an incredible book
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man's Horse December 31, 2012
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this book is very well written and has lots of action. Also it is a bit different as the characters are not just hearding cattle and having range wars. This is like a mystery western as the characters are trying to find the people who are trying to assinate the next president. I would recommen this to all people who like action and mysteries
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man's Horse December 5, 2012
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Dead Man's Horse: The book kept your interest, was good at staying in the historic period, and was basically a "good read".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, not bad, keeps you from dehydrating. June 2, 2014
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Somewhere in the the infinite universe, there is the Old West, a saloon for readers that specializes in tales of cowboys and fronteirs. There's a wall of bottles for the best authors. There's the bright green Larry McCurty, a moody blood-red Cormac McCarthy, a whole shelf of Louis L'Amour, and somewhere there is a black bottle of Stephen King, available only by direct request.

Mack Curlee is a specialty drink the barman offers at two in the afternoon, when you really need a pick-me-up and your boss thinks you're at a late lunch. You drink it to hold you over until you come back for the hard stuff. It has some body and it goes down easy, but no flair, and a haphazard bite without any zing. If you remember it in a week, only three things will come to mind: Shake, Speare, and Hamlet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Churt September 18, 2013
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Good story line. Big fan of western books. Maybe a little to much emphasis on details considering furnishing of rooms, train cars. Would recommend to a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horse Opera October 30, 2013
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This could have been a very nice piece of historical fiction. Unfortunately it is handicapped by poor dialogue, trite western writing and predictable characters. The dialogue and the characters might have been lifted from a B western from the 1950s. Guns are always "iron." Unsavory characters are invariably "jaspers." Every saloon smells like sweat and cheap whiskey. There's the potential for a really good story here but it would have benefited from better writing and some aggressive editing. I am a fan of good westerns and was disappointed this wasn't better. It could have been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Even in Shakespeare's Time, People Used Contractions November 28, 2013
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A decent idea for a story falls apart when characters open their mouths. Even for stock characters, conversations don't sound natural at all. Our hero could use another ten or twenty pages of character development to make his amazingly instant powers of deduction more believable. The villains could benefit from a bit more exposition, too. For instance, why do these men from upstate New York hate U. S. Grant so much?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars well written and kept my interest
While some of this book is a little predictable, I enjoy reading historical fiction particularly when it is set in Wyoming.
Published 1 month ago by Kathy P
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellant book.
Published 2 months ago by Kjell Skollingsberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Weaves history and fiction in a way that captures the attention and keeps you reading late into the night!
Published 3 months ago by wayne_b28
3.0 out of 5 stars The good old days
It was like watching an old black & white western. Hokey, but fun. It was nice break the books where I have to think so much.
Published 4 months ago by Donald Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars My Kind of Book
Well written. I could hardly stop reading until I finished the book. I am not an avid reader, but I sure got pulled into this story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by heyray
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the book you won't be disappointed!
One of the "old style" western stories. I could see this being made into a made for tv mini series. Buy the book you won't be disappointed!
Published 4 months ago by Addictedtobooks*
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Western
Nice, comforting western. The heroes and villains you expect but not written in any sort of boring or predicable way. Good book.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice summer read!
A nice summer read! Nothing too taxing, but not poorly written either. I would read more from this author
Published 4 months ago by JimmyJaMocha
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
Good story. Made the reader believe all of the events actually happened. The end was better than expected. The heros were believeable, honest, loyal AND able to forgive. Read more
Published 5 months ago by rac
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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More About the Author

Mack Curlee, a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, resides with his wife in Madison, MS, his home state. After his time in the Air Force, he worked with the federal government and a financial institution while attending The University of Mississippi and Tulane University. The first hint that he might have some talent for writing came in high school when the English teacher had each student write a short story. His was among the three chosen to be read in class. The hint didn't stick, because as he put it, "I didn't like writing." But he did like to read, and yes, for years that hint kept rattling around in his head until he read a book he thought was very bad. Meanwhile, a story had been brewing in his mind, and it grew legs. The story wouldn't go away and that's when he said, "I can't get that story out of my head, so I'll put it on paper." That story is his first book, Trails End. He's discovered that writing is not so bad after all.

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