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Leadville (Steve Dancy Tales) [Kindle Edition]

James D. Best
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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?

Editorial Reviews


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: 351 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • 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: #176,599 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 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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18 of 19 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uptown Western - Full of Action April 3, 2009
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newfound western fan May 23, 2009
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leadville July 29, 2009
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Buy the series so you can keep reading. A very interesting concept of making a new story of powerful men and putting it back into the old west. It's great summer reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This author is good. June 22, 2010
By Wayne
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This is the second book by this author I've read. Both are good. His style of writing is appealing. Most of the chapters are short and tell a story the reader links to others. I find his books a relaxing read yet exciting at the same time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great action packed Western July 10, 2009
I loved this book as much as I loved Mr. Best's first Steve Dancy tale, The Shopkeeper. The story transports me back to the old west, where all the characters come alive amid gun fights, drunken saloon brawls and posse hunts. The story is filled with surprises, and kept my interest to the very end. I look forward to more Steve Dancy books.
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Both The Shopkeeper and Leadville are great books on tape!! Just wish the next two books in the series were available on CDs. It is a terrific series.
Published 2 months ago by Vicki Baty
5.0 out of 5 stars Leadville
Second in the Steve Dancy tales series. I happened to pick up the first book, The Shopkeeper in a book store, began reading and was into the wee hours of the next day finishing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marilyn Andersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing Style
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Georgi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice read. Good western with great detail
Nice Western with a change of the normal. This cowboy has $$ and is from NY. One book that will leave you wanting to hear more about the star cowboy Steve Dancy
Published 5 months ago by Dungannon Gunner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western story
I did not dislike any part of this book. And the characters are very real and the setting are also. Read more
Published 7 months ago by bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read...
Love this series...and I'm not a fan of western novels...enjoy how all the strong characters interact with each other ......
Published 7 months ago by Kathy Miner
4.0 out of 5 stars A good western
This was the third book of the series in a row and I it enjoyed just as much as the others. I plan to finish the Dancy Tales series cause James Best writes a good western with... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joe Ochoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline
Excellent book for the genre. Mr. Best's style of writing kept me turning page after page well past my bedtime repeatedly. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure in the Old West
I loved the combination of characters, action, and the sometimes humorous banter in this story. The plot was clear and had just enough sub-plots to really keep my interest. Read more
Published 9 months ago by DaveReadsALot
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I enjoyed the first book in the series so much that I immediately had to purchase the 2nd and 3rd one. Read all 3 books in 3 days. I hope there will be more. Please!!
Published 10 months ago by Marilyn G Werschky
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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.

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