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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (November 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620061465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620061466
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This likable story has the true feel of the classic Western. Trail rides, posses, bad guys who are really, really bad. And good guys who are relatable and sympathetic characters. And there are many characters to follow, which does get confusing at times, but the author placed a cast of characters at the beginning of each of the three parts of the story, which helps until you get familiar with the various people. There were a few places where the narratives reminded me of Louis L'amour's writing style. But the author has a style all his own. There was some "head hopping" going on (various characters' points of view within the same scene), but I'm not personally against such a thing, and I think most readers breeze through it. The research was clearly done with passion--that just came through on the pages. There is some cussing, which I'm sure was natural for the cowboys of the day, but I'd rather pass on that. All in all, I believe fans of Western novels will enjoy Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave.
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Mark delivers a convincing story that transports the reader back into the Colorado Old West. His characters are deftly woven into an intriguing storyline that leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the outcome. The research into the history and nuances of the cowboy lifestyle and early history of Colorado is evident in the clear details and intricate plot lines. I can't wait to read his next novel!
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By Disorderly Words on June 2, 2013
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As the brutal winter of 1887 descends upon Colorado's high country, cowhands, miners, townsfolk, lawmen, and even outlaws go about their daily routine, never suspecting their disparate lives are about to intersect in a freakish, though inevitable, series of events that will change them all forever. Metaphorically speaking, no one escapes this tale alive.

Mark Mitten's debut novel is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart. The landscape is harsh; some of the people even harsher. From the outset, Mitten pulls no punches in depicting death, destruction, and a hollowness of the soul that is difficult to confront. Perhaps that's the essence of the book, though: By forcing readers up close with both the innocent and the twisted, he forces them to consider the dichotomies inherent in being human.

Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave, nominated for the 2013 Best Western First Novel Peacemaker Award, is not an easy, recreational read. That is a warning, not criticism. Mitten's voice is distinctive; his characterizations are fresh, engaging, and genuine. Dialogue and actions resonate with authenticity. The cast list is extensive, though, and the novel's uncommon format frequently leaps between locations, subplots, and character subsets without a hint of segue. Everything ties together in the end, but keeping track of the various threads and players may be a bigger challenge than casual readers feel comfortable undertaking. This book requires a commitment -- not that commitment is a bad thing.

Ultimately, Sipping Whiskey is a story of perseverance and survival; of redemption and damnation. As his style matures, Mitten will be an author to watch ... if only to ensure one of his characters doesn't sneak up behind you with a weapon.
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Bought as a gift for my husband. He really enjoyed it. This book was written by a Colorado man so it caught our interest. We try to follow fellow Coloradians.
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