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

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Length: 33 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 135 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BEAT to a PULP (December 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K5QR88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
You can visit his blog at www.psychonoir.blogspot.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By McDroll on December 10, 2011
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 By Ed Lynskey, on December 10, 2011
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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 By thepaintedpony on 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 By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on 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 By nigel p bird on July 25, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Scheer on 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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