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Fourteen Western Stories [Kindle Edition]

Lloyd Fonvielle
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fourteen Western tales, by turns boisterous, bawdy, shocking, sentimental. They're not for kids—there's a fair amount of adult content here—but a treat for anyone else who likes old-fashioned stories with new twists and turns, written by someone who loves the West, past and present.

Queen Of the Prairie -- a teenage trail driver from Texas makes his first visit to a Kansas cow town, with bittersweet results . . .

Mexico -- in 1865 a dashing young man and a breathtakingly beautiful young woman meet on the Hurricane deck of a Mississippi steamboat and embark on a most unlikely adventure . . .

Green River -- WWII and some personal heartache come to the Green River Valley of Wyoming . . .

Tascosa -- an old outlaw and a young soiled dove find a kind of redemption in the meanest town in Texas . . .

Sans Peur et Sans Reproche -- an army post in Arizona is stirred up like a hornet's nest when the colonel's sister-in-law, a famous beauty from New Orleans, comes for a visit . . .

Tracker -- two luckless drifters, a shell-shocked veteran of the Civil War and a sure-shot orphan girl, team up for mutual reward and unimaginable danger . . .

Wichita -- a sharp-eyed whore recounts the tale of Mysterious Dave, a lethal lunatic who drifts into Wichita in the Fall, when things are supposed to be quiet . . .

The Pistol -- the gift of a Navy Colt holds the key to the death of the colonel's lady . . .

Deadwood -- a famous U. S. Marshal from Wyoming arrives in town to serve a warrant on an out-of-control 17 year-old kid . . .

Spanish Is the Loving Tongue -- a tale of love lost and love redeemed on the Tex-Mex border . . .

Irish -- an Irish lieutenant on a cavalry post in Kansas runs up against the unspoken rules of frontier army life . . .

Blizzard -- a drummer, selling books on the fringes of civilization, stumbles upon a cabin in a fierce snowstorm, occupied by a lone woman with insatiable appetites . . .

Jane -- a 14 year-old girl offers to lead a detail of troopers to the hide-out of a terrifying Apache war chief, but only if she's given full command of the expedition . . .

The Girl From the Red River Shore -- a young cowboy on the run and a young woman terribly wronged, bent on a mission of revenge, find that they need each other for something more than vengeance . . .

If you enjoy these stories be sure to check out my new collection of Western tales -- Christmas In the West, also available on Amazon for the Kindle.


Lloyd Fonvielle is a screenwriter (The Mummy, 1999) and director (Gotham, 1988) and author of the pulp thriller Bloodbath, the Western novella Missouri Green and the novella Circus, all available for the Kindle. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, and plays some poker there from time to time. He publishes an online journal of visual culture at mardecortesbaja.com.


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About the Author

Lloyd Fonvielle is a screenwriter (The Mummy, 1999) and director (Gotham, 1988) and author of the pulp thriller Bloodbath, available on Amazon for the Kindle. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and plays some poker there from time to time. He publishes an online journal of visual culture at mardecortesbaja.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1776 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482011301
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQIZWJ0
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story-telling January 14, 2013
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There is language well-used here, and humor, sex, bravery, honor, shame and surprise.

In an old form, stories of and in The West, there is a modern honest appreciation of men and women (what women!) and the trouble they get into when they meet and mingle. And the pleasure that can be found even in a rough and unforgiving world.

Fonvielle's story-telling makes it hard to stop reading, true, but don't hurry through these thirteen stories. There are only so many and you should make them last.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wilder Wild West! December 29, 2012
By Leena
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Fantastic read! Best collection of short stories I have encountered since Elmore Leonard's Fire in the Hole. These Westerns are funny, provocative, moving, familiar and strange all at the same time. The women characters are particularly stunning - they have substance and presence often lacking in more traditional Westerns. This collection is a potent and well-timed reminder of where we came from, and who we are as Americans. I just loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western stories?! Yes -- and recommended. February 18, 2014
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Don’t be fooled by the title; this is not your Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. These are skillfully-crafted stories couched in a succinct and no-self-indulgence prose, presumably influenced by Elmore Leonard, with clever, unpredictable, and often witty turns of plot. Despite the strictures of the genre, each story and each character is different. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western, As Wild As It Gets April 6, 2013
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This is truly a western read. It is just as wild as the west goes on paper. I especially loved the first story. WOW. What an aim straight for the heart. Worth the purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters drive these stories. January 25, 2013
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Mr. Fonvielle's characterizations in "Fourteen Western Stories" people a world that is uncannily life-like, yet they are drawn from the edges, the strange and fragile limits, of human experience, and they seem to hunger for an escape from shadow, for a return to times and days that, for them, seem to have never existed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read December 27, 2012
By zz
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These short stories are exactly what a good tale should be. They are great fun and perfect length to read during my commutes. Straight to the point no bulls*** story telling here folks. Strap on your boots and get ready for the ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of stories September 27, 2013
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These are stories with a difference. The central plot often has a familiar theme, but the characters that populate the stories are gritty, real-life inhabitants of a frontier where survival is the dominant driving force. There is a certain detached attitude in the description of events that makes them seem more realistic. The stories are spell-binding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable reading April 17, 2013
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Who says the short story is dead? I gave this collection of fourteen stories a try, although I hadn't read any "western" fiction since Lonesome Dove. Mr. Fonvielle does the genre proud with realism, stark situations and conflict, and endings that often are not what you'd expect. His characters often speak in crisp Victorian language that reminded me of several John Wayne movies. In fact, I think the dialogue is my favorite part of the collection. But don't misunderstand: he depicts frontier living with its lawlessness, whores, brutality, saloons, scalpings, and the rest, so it's not for the fainthearted. The stories vary in length from just 2-3 pages up to 20-30. I was disappointed when I got to the end. Give it a look.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Reading
Well written fast moving western stories. Not for the light hearted reader, as the stories do contain some rather strong sex scenes and considerable violence. Mr. Read more
Published 15 months ago by coach W
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
These are well-written and engrossing short stories that don't pull punches. Each one has a unique plot and characters. Definitely for adults.
Published 19 months ago by Fitzwoman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real West!
These authors write about the West as historically correct as any I've read! This is the West of my imagination. I can see incidents happening this way in the Old West. Read more
Published 20 months ago by dagries
3.0 out of 5 stars Intertaining Reading
A varity of stories that make entertaining Reading, worth downloading and reading and will give you some feel for the west DHD
Published 20 months ago by David H. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Touch of the old West
Enjoyable read of old West stories with cowboys, Indians, women, bank robbers and the like. Short stories with twists and turns leaving you with a question or a direction.
Published 21 months ago by Captdev
5.0 out of 5 stars Spare, unadorned storytelling
All stories were unique, covering the range of emotions and situations. Fresh and entertaining. You should find yourself caught up in it.
Published 23 months ago by Florence Nightengale
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior writing
Very enjoyable. Amazon would like me to spend 18 more words in a spasm prolixity but really, the descriptive "very enjoyable" works for me. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dorje Trollo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic And Fun Read!
Can't say I'm an expert on western fiction. I can't remember reading any before this but I do love great stories and these are great stories. Read more
Published 23 months ago by nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable short Western tales.
The book description provided is complete and honest. I enjoyed reading these well written short stories. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Les
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More About the Author

I've written all sorts of things in my life -- book dust-jacket copy, film and photography criticism, scenarios for theme park attractions, screenplays. I'd say that my Kindle fiction is the first work I've ever done that was really worth a damn -- because it was the first work I ever did just for myself and for readers, without the intervention of editors or agents or executives of any kind.

My screenplays include "The Mummy" (1999) and "Gotham" (1988) which I also directed. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada and play some poker there from time to time. I publish an online journal of visual culture at mardecortesbaja.com.

Feel free to contact me with comments, questions, or just to say hello at navigare@cox.net

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