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Juliette Douglas' third installment in the highly acclaimed Freckled Venom western novel series is Freckled Venom: Skeletons. This third book, set in the year 1888, is a thrilling, action-packed, suspense story of eight outlaws with Big Joe Kannon as the main antagonist. These outlaws steal children, and sell them to Del Rio, a human trafficker in Mexico, for slave labor. The Marshal, Rawley, of White River, Wyoming and his wife and deputy marshal, Lacy, a former bounty hunter, are hated by Kannon. This leads Kannon, as the ringleader, to arrange to have fourteen children stolen from the local school. Two of the children are the marshal's children. These youngins don't take lightly to being kidnapped. Three of the young boys and one of the girls take charge. Eventually, they escape the clutches of the bad guys, but the young leaders have to remain strong to keep their young group together.
Skeletons is an extremely interesting story. In fact, I didn't want to put it down. Author, Juliette Douglas, tells this intriguing story with a fabulous blend of authentic old west dialect and humor. Though the story expresses the terribly challenging conditions the children endured it is a story that will pull you in and warm your heart. The only drawback was that I had not read the previous two books in the Freckled Venom series. I believe that had I read them first, Skeletons would have been even more capitivating. Anyone that loves old west stories with strong female characters and the firey energy and strength children often show will really enjoy Freckled Venom: Skeletons by Juliette Douglas. I highly recommend it.
Originally reviewed by the staff of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com.
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Saddle up, get your feet in the stirrups and be prepared to ride out this fun and gritty Western! Author Juliette Douglas gives readers the third in her Freckled Venom series and Skeletons is the best of them all. Marshall Rawley Lovett of White River Wyoming has taken on a spitfire named Lacy and ...has gone and married the woman who couldn't be tamed. They have a young daughter named Hanah who tries to outdo her mother in defiance and courage. When Hanah and her classmates at the local school are all kidnapped, the Marshall and Lacy head out to get the children back and to end the threat of Big Joe Kannon and his gang. The gang's plan is to take the children to Mexico and sell them, but Rawley and Lacy have other plans for the gang. Unbeknownst to them, the children also have a plan to foil their kidnappers.