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"There are no wasted words in Stan Mitchell's debut western which eschews the florid (and, let's face it, boring) descriptions of Louis Lamour or Zane Grey in favor of something leaner than thrice-dried jerky and meaner than a longhorn steer with a scorpion on its scrotum. ... Fans of the action-western genre should consider this mandatory reading, as should anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned tale of good versus evil played out in a hailstorm of bullets and blood." -- Mark Allen, author of "The Killing Question"

About the Author

Stan R. Mitchell writes action-packed thrillers, which readers have compared to the works of Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy.

You can learn more about him here: stanrmitchell.com.

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  • File Size: 2216 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Stan R. Mitchell; 2 edition (December 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00776E5OC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hello! My name is Stan R. Mitchell and I write military action books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I'm also a prior USMC Sgt with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business -- 9 of them with a newspaper that I started.

Here's my life in a nutshell:

I left for the Marine Corps at 17, demanding to be infantry and insisting my recruiter guarantee it in writing. This insistence paid off as I had a (mostly) amazing four years in the infantry, even getting to serve with Force Recon and earning a Combat Action Ribbon as part of Operation Silver Wake in 1997.

I served four years in the Corps and earned the rank of Sergeant before pursuing my love of writing by earning a journalism degree at the University of Tennessee. After graduation, I wrote my butt off as a reporter for a few years before launching a weekly newspaper at the age of 27. With just $20,000... (Turns out, I needed $250,000, so I spent much of my nine years as a newspaper publisher/entrepreneur struggling mightily financially. I scrambled for loans, for investors, and for ways to repay everyone that I owed money.)

My run as an entrepreneur for those nine years was brutal, but I learned a ton and exerted myself at levels only possible under absolute desperation.

These days, I'm writing full-time, with my sights set for the very top of the fiction world. (Yes, I'm ambitious, and yes, I have small man's syndrome. Thanks for asking!)

I started writing when I was about eight or nine, and it began as a form of escape. I was a small kid and was bullied a fair amount, so I read all the time to help me escape.

And I soon transitioned from just reading to actually writing. Partly because I wasn't happy reading the stories that were out there - I'm a notoriously picky reader still to this day -- and partly because in these stories that I wrote I transformed from a little boy to a young man who was tall, strong, and desirable.

And brave. Always brave...

When I'm not writing or reading, I'm usually lifting or studying/practicing martial arts. But I also like to fish, shoot, and play tennis.

You can learn more about me (as well as subscribe to my blog) here: http://stanrmitchell.com. I mostly post about things that either motivate or inspire you!

(File photo by Emma Gilmore)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Allen on May 14, 2013
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There are no wasted words in Stan Mitchell's debut western which eschews the florid (and, let's face it, boring) descriptions of Louis Lamour or Zane Grey in favor of something leaner than thrice-dried jerky and meaner than a longhorn steer with a scorpion on its scrotum. The amount of people shot or stabbed (or, sometimes, both) in this violent tale of the Old West is quite impressive, making this a must-read for those who want their gun-blazing action swifter than a stallion with its tail on fire and who prefer their literary heroes do their talking with hard fists and cold steel rather than soft smiles and hollow words.

Mitchell has pared the story down to the bare bone yet keeping things interesting. It's a straight-forward tale of good guys versus bad guys but takes the time to let you know what makes the protagonist tick. Not a lot of time, mind you--that would interfere with moving things along to the next action scene--but enough time to ensure Little Man is not just some one-dimensional stereotype with a stetson and a sidearm.

I read Mitchell's 2nd novel, "Sold Out," first, and consider it to be a damn good read. But "Little Man" is not a damn good read...it's a damn great one. Fans of the action-western genre should consider this mandatory reading, as should anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned tale of good versus evil played out in a hailstorm of bullets and blood.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on July 9, 2012
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Mr. Mitchell's book was actioned packed from page one. It seems he purposefully leaves out lengthy descriptions of the scenery and towns and instead adds bullet after blood spattering bullet throughout the novel. I started the book on a Saturday and closed the last page on Monday. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys nonstop action and the ruthless bloodlust of the Old West.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason on April 1, 2012
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"Little Man" is a true hero of the old West. He proves you don't have to be big in stature to walk tall. Stan Mitchell does a great job painting a classic picture of the wild, untamed Western frontier. This ain't your grandfather's story of the romantic cowboy singing around the campfire. This is a gritty, sometimes dirty but always exciting story of how the West was really won!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clark on July 6, 2012
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It was amazing. I cannot believe how much action there was. It takes a lot to keep my attention and Stan pulled it off. You need to buy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pipe Dreamer on July 11, 2012
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I was thoroughly impressed with this story. I found it very exciting and I myself am not one for westerns. The plot moved quickly which kept me reading. I put the book up and down for a little while but once I got to the meat of the story I was hooked. I finished it 2 days later. Mitchell does a wonderful job developing characters and left some good and bad ones alive,I am hoping for a sequel to this fantastic read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Griekspoor on November 7, 2014
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Great western tale that satisfies with lots of scenes of gunplay. The whole book read like the kind of western movies I love, Clint Eastwood with a bit of Young Guns thrown in, though with the added benefit of seeing the main character's internal monologue, showing that even the toughest gunslinger might have his doubts and fears about the dangers he's forced to deal with. Definitely recommend this book for anyone with a love for old west stories and the violent, gritty men that seemingly inhabited this era, or people that are fans of other writers likes Stephen Hunter. Who Mr. Mitchell has accurately pointed out as one of his inspirations, but without seeming like just a simple knock-off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Winslow Cooper on August 9, 2014
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No guts, no glory? Our hero, Paul Zachery, has both...in spades. He's not short on brains nor on gun-fighting skills, and he comes from a long line of heroic family members. He became a legend in his own time.

Set in the post-Civil-War West, this story of a brave man's determination to bring justice to the frontier, to re-pay the heroism of a dead comrade, races along, bringing us at a gallop with it.

I admired "Little Man," and appreciated his strategic and tactical thinking and his dedication to justice. Yes, as the book cover proclaims, "outnumbered and outsized, but not outmanned."

Stan R. Mitchell, a newspaper editor by day, writes well, creating characters to cheer for and a few to hiss. There's a bit of romance, too.

I rarely read Westerns, but if many are this good, I am missing out on some fine stories.

As usual, I read and listened to it on my Kindle, which I love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay on January 16, 2013
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I haven't enjoyed a book like I did this one in a long time. This story is crammed with action! I stayed up late finishing it as I kept wondering to myself, "What is going to happen next? How is he going to get out of this?" No time is wasted completely describing the attire of people or structural attributes of buildings, there is some describing of people and the environments, but it doesn't induce boredom like some authors. Some of the seemingly mundane details in the story come full circle and present themselves later on making you think, "I wish I had remembered that!" Mitchell presents a hero with a moral compass that you grow to love by the ending. The ending is quite a treat.
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