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Leadville (A Steve Dancy Tale Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

James D. Best
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Steve Dancy tales. Honest westerns. Filled with dishonest characters.

When New York City shopkeeper Steve Dancy moved west to experience the frontier, he wound up embroiled in a deadly feud...a feud that he was forced to settle with guns. Now, all he wants to do is follow up on a few business interests, write about his adventures, and continue his exploration of the West.

But in the autumn of 1879, Joseph McAllen asks Dancy for help. Ute renegades have abducted a young girl near Mesa Verde, Colorado, and the Pinkerton captain wants him to join the rescue party. Surprisingly, the trail doesn't lead into the San Juan Mountains, but to Leadville—a rich mining town teeming with the worst elements of a raw frontier. Bitter feuds, vendettas, and greed turn the affair into a bloody conflict that spans the state.

Dancy has proved that he can handle himself in rough mining towns. But can this shopkeeper survive a dangerous mountain wilderness?


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A novel of fast-paced adventure, there's gun play enough to satisfy the biggest fans of the shoot-'em-up style. But it's also a story of friendship and loyalty. Once again, Best has penned a fine read. C. K. Crigger --Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine

In his story, the good guys have a conscience, but sometimes have to do hard things.  There is no fluff in this story, just straight-through action and good dialog.  Best has mastered the ability to tell a story end to end without jumping around.  His first-person writing style never feels contrived and he never resorts to Deus ex machina to resolve an improperly formed plot twist – there aren’t any.  Leadville is pure entertainment with great character development.  Louis Lamour fans will definitely approve! --Martin Sielaff, What Would The Founders Think?

From the Inside Flap

"The James Best books...are about the best new Western series to come along since Larry McMurtry."--Larry Winget, True West Magazine
 
"A novel of fast-paced adventure. But it's also a story of friendship and loyalty. Once again, Best has penned a fine read."--C. K. Crigger, Western Writers of American, Roundup Magazine
 
"James D. Best is arguably one of the best writers of westerns." --Alan Caruba, BookViews
 
"I would highly recommend these two westerns to anyone ... they are just excellent reading." Book and Bookstore

Product Details

  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160494238X
  • Publisher: Queen Beach; 1 edition (December 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001V7RMRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Up a mountain May 14, 2009
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Steve Dancy in back and taking the reader for a high mountain adventure in the Rocky Mountains this time. There's kidnapping, hard riding, hunting, gunfights, political wrangling, business development, cowboys, Indians, hard men, sassy women, the good life, and the hard life all rolled into this fast-moving tale.

Mr. Best does an artful job of showing the details of a day in the old west, so that you can virtually see the scene in your mind's eye. He also develops the characters so that they seem real. I was most taken by his especially bad villians - both male and female in this book.

A good adventure for the reader!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and Laughs June 30, 2009
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Another great book by James Best! Loved "Leadville" as much as the first book in the series, "The Shopkeeper". Great action and plenty of laughs. Steve Dancy is a very likable lead character surrounder by many others.

Hope there are other books in the series to come. A fun and enteraining read. Westerns at their "Best".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uptown Western - Full of Action April 3, 2009
Format:Paperback
This was a very exciting book which kept you on the edge of your seat. I liked the gun handling and the authenticity of the details on the period guns. Steve Dancy leads you through scenes of ambush, hunting, gun fights, big business strategies, urban renewal, firearms instructions, deception, and life changing decisions.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newfound western fan May 23, 2009
Format:Paperback
I had never been much of a fan of western novels, until a friend gave me a copy of "The Shopkeeper" by James Best. As soon as I heard that he had written a sequel, I quickly obtained a copy.
The author's style is such that he brings the characters to life, and pulls you into the story. It is easy to envision them and understand more about the old west. As mentioned above, I was not a fan of western novels, but have always been interested in history.

As somewhat of an amateur historian, I can tell you that Mr. Best has done his research. His novels contain details of what it was like to live at that time, and you find yourself almost a part of the story.
I would highly recommend these two westerns to anyone with an imagination and curiosity about the history of our country. And besides, they are just excellent reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just....OK May 2, 2011
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I suppose I was expecting something akin to Best's "A Tempest at Dawn," which was entertaining and brought the history surrounding the birth of the U.S. Constitution alive. No such luck. This read was entertaining, but light. Lots of gunplay, predictable outcomes, etc. A good read for an airplane ride, but not much else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing Style December 15, 2013
By Georgi
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I became James D. Best fan after reading Tempest at Dawn. This is no Tempest, but Mr. Best has a descriptive way with words that makes his writing style unique. I plan on reading the whole Steven Dancy series. I just really like Mr. Best's writing style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Successful Western In The Steve Dancy Series August 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Many of the characters that appeared in the first Steve Dancy book, 'The Shopkeeper' once again can be found in this second book in the series. It is September 1879 and Dancy and his friend Jeff Sharp have traveled from Nevada to Colorado seeking further business deals and adventure. They both await the arrival of Pinkerton man Captain Joseph McAllen in Durango. McAllen is on his way to take part in a search for a missing girl. While out riding her horse the young girl had been set upon and abducted by a band of Ute Indians. This causes a furor in Southwest Colorado and a posse formed by a man named Bob Grant, a somewhat unsavory character, has already left to track down the Utes and the missing girl prior to the arrival of McAllen. So begins the second Dancy adventure that will take Dancy and his friends on a trek from Durango through cold mountainous country to the mining town of Leadville. What starts out as a rescue attempt eventually uncovers a plot leading to extortion, robbery and murder. In this tale Dancy must combat harsh environmental elements, hostile Indians, and hired killers, and his skill with guns will once again save him from an early grave. The story is well written and packed with great characters, action and adventure that keep the pages turning. One small criticism of the storyline, the possible love interest in the character of Jenny is never really pursued to any degree and the reader is still left wondering if Dancy will ever get the girl, any girl.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another GOOD one April 27, 2009
By ~RCL~
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This was great to follow up on everyone from the shop keeper. If you were a fan of the shop keeper this is a must. Easy read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lots of action
Published 12 days ago by Jon Ishihara
4.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting westerns
An exciting western. After reading this I bought the author's other books. Wish there were more of them.
Published 1 month ago by I. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband I I both read this and like it very much
My husband I I both read this and like it very much. If you ever liked a cowboy/western movie you would like this book.
Published 1 month ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute story
Published 1 month ago by Frreddie Phrog
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very googd
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
The story had an authentic feel to it from start to (the surprising) finish. Of course, my living in Colorado, and being familiar with the places in the book, helped me immerse... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bilbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
loved the book love the good guy caracters and love the west
Published 2 months ago by Martha Bice
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a real page turner but enjoyable western fiction
Published 2 months ago by Lorin J Ponton
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
Fun to read. Nothing to weigh on your mind. Easy way to spend an afternoon when not much is going on. Good character development .
Published 2 months ago by iaboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Western Series
I am really enjoying the Steve Dancy series of books. They are well-written, have good story lines, and the characters seem real. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gail R Caldwell
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More About the Author

James D. Best is the author of The Shopkeeper, Leadville, Murder at Thumb Butte, and The Return in the Steve Dancy series. His other books include Tempest at Dawn, Principled Action, The Shut Mouth Society, and The Digital Organization.

James has written monthly columns for two magazine, ghost written several books, and published numerous journal articles. He lives with his wife, Diane, in Omaha, Nebraska.

You can learn more about James and his books at jamesdbest.blogspot.com


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