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Vengeance Valley Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2004

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"Wheeler is among the top living writers of Westerns - if not the best."
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Richard S. Wheeler is the award-winning author of over seventy novels. He writes historical fiction, westerns, and mysteries. He lives in Livingston, Montana, in the heart of the country he loves to write about.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786015969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786015962
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,026,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Wheeler began a late-in-life career as a novelist in his forties, and by his eightieth year had written over eighty novels, some under pseudonyms. He began life as a newsman and later became a book editor, but turned to fiction full time in 1985.

He started by writing traditional westerns but soon was writing large-scale historical novels and then biographical novels. In recent years he has been writing mysteries as well, some as Axel Brand. His Lieutenant Joe Sonntag series occurs in 1940s Milwaukee, and focuses on life in a big, smoky industrial city just after World War Two.

He has won numerous awards, including the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the literature of the American West, and also six Spur Awards from Western Writers of America.

He grew up in Wisconsin and migrated West, holding newspaper jobs in Phoenix, Oakland, Carson City, and Billings. His late wife, Sue Hart, was an English professor at Montana State University in Billings.

He has been focusing more and more on biographical novels. One of these, published in March, 2010, is called Snowbound, and is about the explorer John C. Fremont's tragic fourth expedition. It won a Spur Award.

For a quarter of a century he's largely made his living from writing fiction. That reality astonishes him. He is still dreaming up new stories.

Note: There are other Richard Wheelers writing books. One is an historian of the Civil War, and another writes histories of the Marine Corps, and another is a social scientist. Richard S. Wheeler is the novelist.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Leo Ogren on January 14, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading Vengeance Valley by Richard S Wheeler and I certainly did enjoy it. I write gardening books (Allergy-free Gardening, Safe Sex in the Garden, etc. ) but I just wrote my own first western and I had been emailing different authors of westerns, asking them for advice on editors and agents and so on...and a good number of them suggested I read some of the books by Richard Wheeler, saying that he was considered by the other western writers to be one of the best new writers out there.

After reading this book, I would have to agree. This book was not the typical western at all, and had characters quite unlike any I'd seen in westerns before, but I liked them, they were interesting, smart, and different. Wheeler knows the West very well, and has an excellent sense of history that comes through clearly in his writing. I read a great many Louis L'Amour westerns, which I do love, and Wheeler writes another sort of western, but a satisfying one. There is real depth to his characters, feeling, they come alive on the page.

I plan to recommend this book to my friends who like a good western, and plan to buy some more of his other books and read them too. I highly recommend that you check out Vengeance Valley, and this author. If you've never read him, I expect you're in for a pleasant surprise.
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By Taurian on December 25, 2010
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It's a Western without cowboys or gun play but that's okay. The characters are well-developed and I got to like them and care for the hero and the other the good people, both men and women. They suffer tremendously under evil men and a lot of terrible injustices, something that made me anxious for the "vengeance" that was yet to come. The bad news is that the hero wimps out and there isn't much justice. The evil men leave the story somewhat chastened and one assumes that they suffer bad consequences but the story doesn't mention it.
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Wheeler wrote an exceptional tale by depicting larger forces of the world directing his characters. He draws the reader into caring for the characters and you will find yourself cheering them on or mourning their losses. Even if you don't care for Westerns, this book is an exceptional read.
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