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Leadville (A Steve Dancy Tale Book 2) Kindle Edition

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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?

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"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)
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001V7RMRK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Best is the author of the bestselling Steve Dancy Tales: The Shopkeeper, Leadville, Murder at Thumb Butte, The Return, and Jenny's Revenge. His other novels include Tempest at Dawn and The Shut Mouth Society. Principled Action and The Digital Organization are his nonfiction books. James has ghost written three books, authored two regular magazine columns, and published numerous journal articles.

As a conference speaker, he has made presentations throughout North America and Europe. He is a member of Western Writers of America, Western Literature Association, and the Pacific Beach Surf Club. James enjoys writing, film, surfing, skiing, and watching his grandchildren play sports and cavort.

His blog address and contact information can be found at http://jamesdbest.blogspot.com/

James and his wife Diane live in Omaha, San Diego, and New York City. (Close to all the things he loves except skiing. Invitations to a mountain cabins gladly accepted.)

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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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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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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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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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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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A sequel to The Shopkeeper. I don't read many westerns, but I enjoyed The Shopkeeper and the character of Steve Dancy. Leadville doesn't disappoint either. Steve and his mining buddy Jeff Sharp connect up with their old Pinkerton friend Joseph McAllen to track down the Indians who have abducted his daughter. Steve's old nemesis, Mrs. Bolton returns and is as evil as always.

The story is exciting and fast-paced. Gun fights and robberies, cowboys and Indians, horses and mining, friendship and loss. The heroes are terrific and the bad guys aren't. The adventure is entertaining.

My only complaint is the same one I had with the Shopkeeper and it's the pervasive use of the "F" word. I would have given Leadville 4 stars if not for that. The book stands alone well, but reading The Shopkeeper first sets a great tone and gives you back history of Steve Dancy.
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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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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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