- File Size: 285 KB
- Print Length: 111 pages
- Publication Date: April 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004VB605S
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dead Man's Revenge (Rancho Diablo Book 3) Kindle Edition
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I'm starting to think of Rancho Diablo in terms of a really good Western TV series: each installment tells a self-contained story, but each one also builds on what came before, adding to the ongoing character development and themes. And while this story focuses on a relatively traditional tale of revenge (hardly a spoiler; it's part of the title), it also fleshes out ranch owner Sam Blaylock's relationship with the town of Shooter's Point, and his nemesis,local entrepreneur and newspaper owner Mitchell McCarthy.
While I had been concerned in earlier books that Sam Blaylock was too perfect a hero, it's clear that the series authors plan on addressing that issue. While the fact that Blaylock and Rancho Diablo attract trouble that more often than not gets resolved with gunplay allows the series to feature the traditional motifs of Western fiction, it doesn't come without a cost. The town is very aware of the high body count coming from Rancho Diablo, and it's not something they approve of at all. I'm really enjoying the fact that the elements that make Rancho Diablo a fun, traditional Western series are also producing ramifications that are being explored in a realistic way.
While Bill "Colby Jackson" Crider writes in a clear, straightforward manner, he still does a great job fleshing out the characters and their emotions, making them feel real. He, and the other writers of the series, are also doing a great job keeping the material all-ages appropriate. Not that today's young readers are looking for an exciting Western ebook series, but if anyone is, it's nice to know there's one out there for them.
My only real complaint, as I write this review, is that I've now read all the Rancho Diablo books published to date, and probably have to wait until the fall until the next one!
DEAD MAN'S REVENGE is exactly the kind of story the title implies, as a man named Dick Dockett, whom Rancho Diablo owner Sam Blaylock thought he'd killed, turns up seeking revenge--on Blaylock and his entire family. The problem is, Dockett doesn't realize that Blaylock is a hard man to kill, and that he doesn't take threats to his wife and children lightly.
Like a great B-western, this novella starts out fast and doesn't let up. Like galloping hooves, readers' fingers will be turning the pages to see what happens next.
The only nit I have to pick is with punctuation. There are any number of sentences that are clearly questions, but which end with periods instead of question marks. I spotted a couple of misspellings, too. Some good proofreading would definitely benefit the work.
Sam Blaylock is again bringing bodies into Shooter's Creek. These men have attacked his family. Why? That is what Sam needs to find our. Is it a haint, as Gabby said or some one from Sam's past?
The stories are very good, I like the characters, you get to know them and can relate to them after a few books. If you like westerns that move pretty fast and has a lot of action you will like this, except it ends to soon. I guess that helps sell the next in the series.
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enjoy reading this author's books. Very detailed on characters and situations in the old west during unsettling times.