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Miles to Little Ridge (Cash Laramie & Gideon Miles Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Heath Lowrance
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Book Description

Edward A.Grainger's Gideon Miles hits the trail in this fast-clip western novella written by Heath Lowrance. The U.S. Marshal finds himself in the sleepy town of Little Ridge, Montana, on the search for a wanted man. But just as Miles enters town, he's spotted by a hard case who recognizes Miles as the lawman that killed his friend. Now Miles must face the wanted man, who claims his innocence and is raising a daughter on his own, while the hard case and a ne'er-do-well partner are gunning for him.

Product Details

  • File Size: 135 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BEAT to a PULP (December 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K5QR88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars US MARSHALS - the new vampires? December 10, 2011
By McDroll
Format:Kindle Edition
Firstly, I don't think I've ever read a western before; you know Western as in cowboys and sheriffs and all that stuff but am I glad that I picked up MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE? You bet! Great story with interesting characters and a whole lot more for not a lot of money.

What intrigued me to begin with was that Heath Lowrance is writing about a character, US Marshall Gideon Miles, from the pen of Edward A. Grainger. To let someone else loose with your creation involves such a lot of trust and Grainger must be delighted with the tale that Lowrance came up with.

The characters and the setting are both expertly drawn, opening up with the Swede chopping wood, unaware that his partner, Christian, was becoming aroused by his hard body and the rhythm of the work. So this wasn't what I expected! Go read this yourself - it's not what you expect!

I always think it's a good sign that I'm disappointed when I get to the end of a story. No, I'm not crazy! What I mean is that I'm disappointed that there's not more, that I've already devoured such a tasty offering and Miles to Little Ridge is definitely one of those stories. I've got other Cash Laramie & Gideon Miles stories sitting waiting on my Kindle and they've now just moved rapidly up my TBR list and I'll also be checking out more of Mr. Lawrance's writing with Trestle Press. Oh heck...I think I'm in love again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Novella Offers Different But True View of Old West December 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
African-American U.S. Marshal Gideon Miles in this first-rate novella dashes the stereotypes of the Old West found in its popular literature. Miles has a firm code of justice as a sworn peace officer, but he wields it with compassion, even-temper, and intelligence as he hunts down a wanted bank robber. This yarn makes for an entertaining way to spend a couple hours reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! Great Western Short Story January 6, 2012
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Great western short story - loved it. Easy fun read that took about 1/2 hour to finish. Great when you need a little pick-me-up. Highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actioner December 20, 2011
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Miles to Little Ridge stars Gideon Miles, a Western hero created by Edward Grainger (David Cranmer) in his Cash Laramie stories. Miles is different for the time, being an African American marshal on the prod in the old West.

Grainger is evidently intent on spreading his franchise creations because this novella is written by Heath Lowrance. The story reads like an episode from television, concentrating on the action rather than the characterization and history of the land and place.

Miles arrives at Little Ridge with the intention of arresting Edward Gandy, a man wanted for bank robbing. The local lawman isn't interested in helping Miles bring the man in, and it isn't long before Miles trips across a brace of hardcases that intend to leave him in a shallow grave.

Lowrance plays to the action crowd with this one, and it's all straight-ahead shoot-em-up stuff that most Western readers will enjoy. He's got a firm hand on this, and the story wraps nicely.

Miles is an interesting character and I'll be looking forward to seeing more adventures featuring him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stumbling Fiddlefoots, this is good July 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Even though he's cool as a cucumber, Gideon Miles is the kind of US Marshal who creates waves wherever he goes. It's not just the badge he carries that sets people against him, it's the colour of his skin.

In Miles To Little Ridge, the folk he meets when he rides in to town don't take kindly to him for other reasons, namely that he's there to pick up a clean-living pillar of the community who's also the only living parent of a young girl. The Miles is to take the man in for trial, the charge being armed robbery.

Serendipity has it that the guy he should be paying attention to, an axe-wielding Swede, is the first to set eyes upon him. The Swede and Miles have history and the Swede is determined to get his revenge. Problem for Miles is that the sheriff in Little Ridge is racist enough to want to tilt the odds in The Swede's favour.

It's a great tale. The opening description sets the scene perfectly. The flavour of Western is so strong I could practically smell
the body odours, the heat and the horse-sweat. Great, too, the way the blacks and the whites are merged to greys as the plot unfolds.

I've also picked up a new line in swearing - `You stumblebum fiddlefoot'; I'll be trying that one if I ever get into a tight spot.

A very enjoyable and stylish read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black lawman in the whites-only western December 15, 2011
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Historical research has found that African-Americans had a visible presence in nearly all walks of life, including cowboying, all over the West. Reading most western fiction, back to the turn of the last century, you would not know it. There was, however, no Gideon Miles on the payroll for the feds in the Wyoming and Montana of 1885. So Edward Grainger has had to invent one.

Thus there are the particular pleasures to be had in a Gideon Miles story. Miles embodies the fierce independence celebrated in the western hero who not only stands up to criminals. He must remain untouched by undisguised racial prejudice, and the color of his skin means he can trust no one--not even another law officer. Add to that another complication: as an armed lawman, he can fire only when fired upon.

Miles to Little Ridge articulates all this very nicely. Suspend your disbelief about black U.S. marshals on the frontier, and Heath Lowrance takes you on a journey that honors what you surely care about--eliminating hardened criminals and upholding the law, without making a single compromise. Not only that, Miles represents the saving importance of personal integrity. That's a value that has been celebrated by the western since the beginning. To the extent that we can learn such a thing from fiction, it's here to be learned and learned again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars To short
But I grew up when western was king of the theater and television. I love all the old and most of new ones. So this and any western I love miles a good guy love it.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nifty novella
Gideon Miles rides into town on the trail of an outlaw but some other outlaws in the town recognize the U. S. Marshall and take exception to his presence. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Givem hell Marshall
Short and wanted more. Very good story. Very good writing. I will read other books by this author.
Published 2 months ago by Mahree
2.0 out of 5 stars Miles to Little Ridge
This was only a short story. There was as no ending leaving the fate of the fugitive and his daughter dangling.
Published 4 months ago by Joe Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars From and by Barbara
Well these stories were really good, but short, boy howdy!! And especially the last story with Gideon Miles starring in it really left me hanging! But they are good little stories.
Published 5 months ago by Leland Freeze
5.0 out of 5 stars Good short story
This is a great story about the very honourable man who is black & a amazing lawman who hates to kill. He does his job no matter what.
Published 10 months ago by Starmagic
4.0 out of 5 stars a good western
A marshall uses his head and survives the efforts of dummies. This author has picked up the work of another, evidently, and made me go looking for the original. Good job.
Published 11 months ago by John Bowes
2.0 out of 5 stars Too short
I thought that this was going to be a book. It was to short to even be a short story.
Published 12 months ago by Hugh R. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good One: "Miles To Little Ridge" by Heath Lowrance
It was just a strange twist of fate that bought U.S. Marshall Gideon Miles to Little Ridge. He is looking for Edward Gandy who is wanted for bank robbery in two states. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kevin Tipple
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Wild West Action
A short story loaded with action and a surprise twist or two. This one's over far too quickly as the pages turn almost on their own. A fast fun read.
Published 14 months ago by Sam Wagner
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More About the Author

Heath Lowrance is the author of THE BASTARD HAND, CITY OF HERETICS, DIG TEN GRAVES and HAWTHORNE: TALES OF A WEIRDER WEST, as well as the Gideon Miles novella "Miles to Little Ridge" and, as Jack Tunney, the Fight Card novel BLUFF CITY BRAWLER.
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