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Buck Hayden, Mustanger by [Holt, Van]
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"Step aside Louis L'Amour, another great Western writer is here..."  --Heather

"I had a feeling that Van Holt...might actually be the successor to Zane Gray, a master Western storysmith, whose novels set the style of a generation."  --Stern0

"Van Holt is King of the Spaghetti Western..."  --Rarebird1

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What some reviewers have to say about Van Holt’s writing: “I had a feeling that Van Holt…might actually be the successor to Zane Gray, a master Western storysmith, whose novels set the style of a generation.” --Stern0 “Van Holt is King of the Spaghetti Western…” --Rarebird1 Step aside Louis L'Amour, another great Western writer is here… --Heather Van Holt wrote his first western when he was in high school and sent it to a literary agent, who soon returned it, saying it was too long but he would try to sell it if Holt would cut out 16,000 words. Young Holt couldn't bear to cut out any of his perfect western, so he threw it away and started writing another one. A draft notice interrupted his plans to become the next Zane Grey or Louis L'Amour. A tour of duty as an MP stationed in South Korea was pretty much the usual MP stuff except for the time he nabbed a North Korean spy and had to talk the dimwitted desk sergeant out of letting the guy go. A briefcase stuffed with drawings of U.S. aircraft and the like only caused the overstuffed lifer behind the counter to rub his fat face, blink his bewildered eyes, and start eating a big candy bar to console himself. Imagine Van Holt's surprise a few days later when he heard that same dumb sergeant telling a group of new admirers how he himself had caught the famous spy one day when he was on his way to the mess hall. Holt says there hasn't been too much excitement since he got out of the army, unless you count the time he was attacked by two mean young punks and shot one of them in the big toe. Holt believes what we need is punk control, not gun control. After traveling all over the West and Southwest in an aging Pontiac, Van Holt got tired of traveling the day he rolled into Tucson and he has been there ever since, still dreaming of becoming the next Zane Grey or Louis L'Amour when he grows up. Or maybe the next great mystery writer. He likes to write mysteries when he's not too busy writing westerns or eating Twinkies. Warning: Reading a Van Holt western may make you want to get on a horse and hunt some bad guys down in the Old West. Of course, the easiest and most enjoyable way to do it is vicariously—by reading another Van Holt western. Van Holt writes westerns the way they were meant to be written.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1568 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Three Knolls Publishing (March 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IVS010M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author Van Holt's traditional Western, contains all the elements one would expect--the tall, broad-shouldered fast-gun hero, his half-brother, who was even faster before he was shot, the frightened, but kind-hearted woman and her cowardly husband who are squatters trying to scratch out a living, the small town bar and general store, the evil rich rancher who is trying to run everyone else off the land, so he can have it all for himself and his big operation, the "hands" who follow his orders, sometimes orders to kill, the rancher's beautiful, but rebellious daughter, the final shoot-out where the odds are against our hero, ten against one.
Van Holt writes great scenes, straight out of the Western tradition. Stay tuned to learn whether the hero goes down fighting or rides off into the sunset with the beautiful girl.
If you like a traditional Western, you won't be disappointed. Easy, entertaining read.
Dorothy May Mercer, Author The McBride Series, Romantic Suspense
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Buck Hayden worked on and off for his friend Frank Martin as a hand of sorts for the mustanger. Hayden returns from being gone and stops at what was supposed to be an abandoned shack to find that a couple had taken up residence within. It turns out only the woman is home at the moment, but before Hayden can get finished with his 'passing by' greeting, a small group of men show up with a message: Hoffer owns this land, and trespassers must leave, on their feet or not. Being only messengers at the moment, Hayden is left to find out that his friend Frank has been killed, and it doesn't take long for Hayden to realize that Hoffer has laid claim to his land as well. Hoffer's plans for expanding and taking ownership have gone too far, and if no one else is going to stop him Hayden will see justice done. Another great western from Holt, and an awesome read.
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Van Holt has written thirty-six western novels and has written other books as well.This is my first Van Holt western book and it is a wonderful western novel. Buck Hayden and Frank Martin love hunting for wild horses. Their hunting days were soon over when hired guns were after them. Will they fight for what the career and lifestyle they love? The plot and imaging are great. The characters are well developed. My only negative is that the book could use a little editing.
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One of my favorites from this author. I loved this book. It's a very well done western. As with all the books I've read from Van Holt, he kicks the west in the butt and delivers the goods. Keep writing them and I'll keep reading them.
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Much of the style, tension, perspectives, and issues seemed quite real and of the genre appropriate. Occasional word choices though busted that suspension of time with a modern jolt. Much as a pair of short-shorts seems appropriate in a novel about the 70s and yet would interfere in a Victorian story. Overall it was a fun read and I think Van Holt is good with westerns and sci-fi. I recommend the author considerably, this title with some minor reservations.
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