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The Assassin [Kindle Edition]

Rye James
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"The Assassin feels like an old-fashioned Western. It has a solid plot and fascinating characters.The final shootout is thrilling and action-packed. Even though the plot is fairly simple, James has done an excellent job of building and maintaining suspense throughout the novel."-------Breenibooks Reviews

Matt Beck is a man hired to eliminate problems. So when the deadliest gunman in the West wanders into an Arizona town, the residents instantly fear one of them has been marked for death. Once Beck arrives, he tangles with the law, a young gunslinger itching to make a reputation on his death, a treacherous preacher, and a gunfighter hired to kill Beck. Through it all, he must protect a secret he's carrying that would surely mark his own death if found out.

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About the Author

Rye James was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Temple University and still resides in the area with his wife, daughter, and three dogs. He first gained a love for westerns after seeing his first John Wayne movie. He is currently working on a new novel. Visit his web site at

Product Details

  • File Size: 317 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0595436765
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Maverick Spur Publishing (February 28, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0010Z7NFE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Cynthia Murphy for Breeni Books January 26, 2009
The genre of Westerns seems to be slowly riding off into the sunset. Westerns had their heyday during the mid twentieth century when Louis Lamour's novels were bestsellers, and everyone watched soon to be classic shows like Gunsmoke and The Rifleman. John Wayne also rained supreme at the box office. Unfortunately, few Westerns appear on bookshelves today. Personally, I enjoy a good Western. That's the main reason I wanted to read Rye James's novel The Assassin. It is a great addition an old genre.

The title refers to protagonist Matt Beck's profession. He is a professional gunslinger. Interestingly, he always kills his victims in self-defense. Beck has his own code for living; it's his way of coping with his unusual career. The reader's first glimpse of Beck's cold nature occurs in the opening scene of the novel when he deals with one of his victims. The man begs for his life, but killing him is just part of the job for Beck. Such a cold man might seem like an unsympathetic protagonist, but Beck is utterly fascinating.

There is an element of mystery in The Assassin. When Beck rides into Galena, Arizona, his reason is unclear. It is a rainy night, so he could simply be seeking shelter. Of course, that is not the reason for Beck's stop in Galena. He has a job in town. That means someone has to die. The question that hangs throughout most of the novel surrounds his victim. Beck doesn't reveal the identity of his target until near the end of the novel. James does a great job of building the suspense around Beck's target. There are several possible victims, and Beck never tips his hand. The most important part of his job is the mind game that comes before the gunfight.

The plot is actually deceptively simple. Beck has a job to complete in Galena.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! February 17, 2010
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I normally don't read what you'd typically call "westerns". But I read about this book in one of the kindle discussion threads and picked it up. It was fantastic. I've recommended it a few times in the discussions. The characters were fascinatingly complex and the story was hard to put down. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone and look forward to reading more of Mr. James' stories. Thanks for a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling novel March 24, 2007
This is a very compelling novel. The characters are well written. Rye James does a great job of giving us insight into these characters. Great plot and imagery. The Assassin is an easy read that is hard to put down. No matter what genre of books you normally read, I highly recommend this western driven novel. You will find yourself wanting to read another novel by Rye James as I did!
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read October 20, 2010
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This book is a great first novel. I was very entertained by it and liked it. Be prepared however if your reading a western to hopefully read about a great part of the country, or beautiful scenery, or how a cowboy feels best when he is on the range. Even if your looking for a little horseplay and real cowboy work type things(Main character runs a ranch loses some strays due to cattle rustlers etc...) This is all about story, gun play and wit. You want action? You got it here. I realy liked it because it is a good western but also takes a bit of a new angle and leaves out some of the rif raf. Good book. I must say as far as indie authors go I surely have competition. Or I just am not even up to par. be ware though if you use the read to me feature alot on your kindle this book will be hard to follow in the conversations.
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Rye James resides in the Philadelphia suburbs of Bucks County, PA. He is married and has 2 children (with one more on the way!) and 3 dogs. He's written 3 Westerns, including, The Assassin, Bounty Hunter, and Deadlock. He's also written the suspenseful thriller, Escape, along with the paranormal book, A Soul Worth Taking, which will be the 1st book in The Evil Series. His latest release is a Fantasy book, The Protector. He is currently working on several books due to be released in 2013.

Visit Rye on the web at where you can find out about his latest works, and interact with him.


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