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Little Man, and the Dixon County War [Kindle Edition]

Stan R. Mitchell , Danah Mitchell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Stan R. Mitchell, the highly touted author of the Marine Sniper novels "Sold Out" and "Mexican Heat," lays down the lead in this epic Western tale -- a story of how even good must often become soiled in order to win.

"Little Man, and the Dixon County War" is a fast-paced, action-packed book set in the Western era. Fans of "Appaloosa," "3:10 to Yuma," and "Django Unchained" will almost certainly enjoy it.

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Young Deputy Marshal Paul Zachary shouldn't have accepted that badge. And he certainly shouldn't have shot down a ruthless gun fighter in front of a crowd of onlookers at Belleville's busiest saloon.

Now that the smell of gunpowder has faded and the blood has been scrubbed off the floor, Zachary is something he never wanted to be: a damned hero.

But whether he wanted it or not, the 27-year-old Zachary has earned a big-time reputation, as well as the name "Little Man" -- a derogatory term initially used by a famous gunfighter to describe his lack of age and stature.

Unfortunately for Zachary, his exploits in the newspapers are bringing people hope in the crime-ridden West, where lawless land barons push the weak, and sworn law officers balance keeping the peace and staying alive.

This kind of hope that Zachary brings can't go on, so the West's most powerful cattle baron -- McConnell -- decides he must kill the newest, legendary law officer in the West.

McConnell can't get at the cautious Zachary on his home ground, so McConnell dispatches an evil gang of gunhands to kill Zachary's best friend and abduct the man's wife.

McConnell knows Zachary will come after the woman and enter the world McConnell completely controls. The gang brings the woman to what the locals call Devil's County (aka Dixon County on the maps). And in this godforsaken stretch of country, McConnell owns most of the land and ALL of the law.

In order to save the woman, Zachary must achieve what even the Army couldn't pull off: Cleaning out the lair of murderers, thieves, and cowhands who answer only to McConnell.

McConnell has bribed or buried every man who's ever stood up to him, including a good-sized Army detachment, so if Zachary plans to take down almost a hundred gunhands and rescue the wife of his murdered friend, he's going to need to round up some of the best fighters the West has seen.

Keeping these temperamental men together, while dodging traps, ambushes, and double-crosses at every turn, would prove a herculean task for a man twice Zachary's age, but the quiet Zachary is no pushover. He learned to fight, and fight hard, from being the youngest in a tough line of men who've never missed a war. And, Zachary just survived three long, hard years in a ragtag, Rebel cavalry troop charged with raiding Northern towns.

Now Zachary will attempt the impossible. He knows it may cost him his life, but some wrongs must be made right.


Editorial Reviews

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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.

"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." -- 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1225 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Stan R. Mitchell; 2 edition (December 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00776E5OC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lean, Mean, Gunslinging Machine May 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Hell of a read... July 9, 2012
By Aaron
Format:Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Action Packed. July 6, 2012
By Clark
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story April 1, 2012
By Jason
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's hoping for a sequel! July 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Heart, Quick Brain, Short but Deadly Hero 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to your britches... August 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
Stan Mitchell has written a hell of a debut novel. You get a good picture of the author's raw tenacity and take-no-prisoners attitude through Paul "Little Man" Zachary.

A fateful chain of events turns Little Man's life around and sends him down a path for justice... With the help of some friends of course (and one not-so-friendly dude).

As this is Stan's first novel, it's not without the occasional technical flaws and parts that could have been better if they were expanded/cut. A little more spit and polish by a professional editor would have only made the book better. With that being said, the ride is packed with action and if you're like me, you'll have a hard time putting it down.

Oh, and the ending? It delivers, big time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the book
I like the book, although it has a few quirks. The characters slip into using modern idioms now and then that are out of character for the late 1870's and the firearms references... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DPV driver
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
this book was gruesome! There was lots of bloodshed. Good book if you like westerns.
Not really believable. Too much violence.
Published 1 month ago by loecc
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and enjoyable read
This a fun and engaging western that I enjoyed. Lots of action. This is apparently an early work for this author and I hope he will continue with more westerns.
Published 1 month ago by Larry deFuria
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good western.
If you like a reluctant hero who does what's right simply because it's right, a guy who doesn't quit then this is a great book for you.
Published 2 months ago by MDR
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay book
It was an interesting read, albeit a bit lazily written with what seemed to be some copied and pasted repeated lines and a few typos. I enjoyed the story.
Published 3 months ago by Luckyfela
5.0 out of 5 stars Woods has launched two major new charactors: Paul "Little Man" Zachary...
Stan R. Mitchell has successfully developed two major new characters in Paul "Little Man" Zachary and Nick Woods. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James M. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Rising Star!
As a veteran of the Army, even I learned things from Stan. The aspects of hide fighting and weapons are 100% accurate. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book it was a smooth read
I loved this book it was a smooth read! Stan knows how to write a good book that sucks you in!! Total worth the 2.99
Published 4 months ago by Ash-Morning Books&Coffee
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Man a Big Hit
Didn't expect much from this when I picked it up but it was very entertaining and the ending had a little twist to it to boot!
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars but a good read all the same
A different sort of Western story. A little bit over the top, but a good read all the same. Enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by Peter ROsemeyer
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More 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.

Mitchell earned a journalism degree from the University of Tennessee and spent 10+ years doing relentless, deadline-required writing in the newspaper business.

Prior to college and his days in the newspaper world learning how government works, Mitchell was a former USMC Sergeant, who earned a Combat Action Ribbon in '97 while serving in the infantry with Alpha Co., 1st Battalion, 8th Marines. (Operation Silver Wake.)

Besides this mission into harm's way, his platoon also served as the Covering Force for the elite Marine Force Recon Unit that deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable (MEUSOC). In addition to working with Marine Force Recon perfecting Direct Action missions, his platoon had the privilege to operate with the Navy Seals, training at the art of fast roping and ship takedowns.

Mitchell lives in Oak Ridge, Tenn., with his wife Danah, and in his free time, he enjoys writing action thrillers, practicing martial arts, and studying Eastern philosophy.

You can learn more about him at http://stanrmitchell.com.

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