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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 (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Stan R. Mitchell, the highly touted author of the Marine Sniper novel Sold Out, 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 and Django Unchained will almost certainly enjoy it.

Book Description: 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.

Now, Zachary has been written up in newspapers across the state and has more trouble on his hands than any 27-year-old man should -- especially a short, baby-faced Civil War veteran who's just survived three long, hard years in a Rebel cavalry troop charged with raiding Northern towns.

Zachary's only desire is to outlive his family's violent reputation for service and sacrifice. But the trouble of being a big-time hero and having a target on his back pales in comparison to what happens next: An evil cattle baron has set his sights on Zachary...

The young lawman has been bringing hope to people in a land where lawless land barons push the weak and sworn law officers balance keeping the peace and staying alive. This kind of hope can't go on, so the West's most powerful cattle baron -- McConnell -- decides he must kill the newest "Billy the Kid."

McConnell can't get at the uncompromising peace officer on Zachary's home ground, so McConnell dispatches an evil gang of gunhands to kill Zachary's best friend and abduct the man's wife. McConnell needs Zachary to come after the woman and enter a world he completely controls. The gang successfully captures the woman and holes up in a godforsaken stretch of country known by the locals as Devil's County (listed as Dixon County on the maps).

This is McConnell's world, and he owns most of the land and all of the law. To rescue his his friend's wife, Zachary must achieve what even the Army couldn't pull off: Cleaning out the lair of murderers and thieves who answer only to McConnell.

McConnell has bribed or buried every man who's ever stood up to him, so if Zachary plans to take on almost a hundred gunhands and rescue the woman, he's going to need to bring along 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 young lawman owes his friend his life, and he won't stop until he saves the woman or dies trying.

Forget sunsets and cattle drives -- this is a bold, brutal vision of the American West at its most treacherous. With its explosively original ending and break-neck pace, it's no wonder Little Man, and the Dixon County War has soared so high up the charts.

Don't believe us? We dare you to read the sample. But be forewarned: It's a hard, thrilling ride, so if you choose to saddle up, prepare to be thrown off a time or two.


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 Lee Child.

Mitchell is uniquely qualified to become one of the next hottest, action-fiction writers in America, having the background of:

[A] A strong writing history, topped off with a journalism degree and 10+ years of relentless, deadline-required writing in the newspaper business.

[B] A real-world, combat experience. Mitchell, a former USMC Sergeant, 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 when he's not working at the newspaper that he started nine years ago (The Oak Ridge Observer), he's usually either writing, working out, or practicing Shaolin Kung Fu.

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Stan R. Mitchell; 1 edition (December 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00776E5OC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,914 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
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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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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!! March 8, 2012
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I saw this book on the free kindle books list and since I'm always looking for westerns for my hubby, I downloaded this one.

He loves it and wanted me to find other books by this author. I hope there will be more to come!!

Sorry this isn't a real review,since I haven't read it, but when my hubby asks for more books from a certain author....it must be good!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 13 days 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 23 days 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 27 days 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 1 month ago by Peter ROsemeyer
3.0 out of 5 stars a decent yarn
A decent yarn. Character development is a little shallow, and the author uses too many anachronistic terms (like an 1870's gunfighter referring to hitting a target "center... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Floridagator
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Man, and the Dixon County War
Great story about having to out live your fast gun reputation, as someone is always trying to test you and make a name for themselves. A curse I would think...good story.
Published 2 months ago by Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
An easy page turner. Was caught in a whirlwind of action and interesting characters than most books do in three.
Published 3 months ago by Kirby Croft
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unusual
Has to be one of the most unusual Western novel's I've ever read but I enjoyed it immensely.
The hero certainly wasn't like Jess Williams !
Published 3 months ago by Robert Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars infantile
Bought this book based on a review comparing it with Robert Parker's work. That reviewer must not have read this book or anything by Parker. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Walter
4.0 out of 5 stars very good book
Is a very good author and he keeps you interested in the book. I was really susprised how good the book was,this is the second book I have read of his
Published 4 months ago by Phillip C. White
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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 Lee Child.

Mitchell is uniquely qualified to become one of the hottest, action-fiction writers in America, having the background of:

A) A strong writing history, topped off with a journalism degree and 10+ years of relentless, deadline-required writing in the newspaper business.

B) A real-world, combat experience. Mitchell, a former USMC Sergeant, 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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