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Leadville (A Steve Dancy Tale Book 2) by [Best, James D.]
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Book 2 of 5 in A Steve Dancy Tale (5 Book Series)
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A novel of fast-paced adventure, there's gun play enough to satisfy the biggest fans of the shoot-'em-up style. But it's also a story of friendship and loyalty. Once again, Best has penned a fine read. C. K. Crigger --Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine

In his story, the good guys have a conscience, but sometimes have to do hard things.  There is no fluff in this story, just straight-through action and good dialog.  Best has mastered the ability to tell a story end to end without jumping around.  His first-person writing style never feels contrived and he never resorts to Deus ex machina to resolve an improperly formed plot twist – there aren’t any.  Leadville is pure entertainment with great character development.  Louis Lamour fans will definitely approve! --Martin Sielaff, What Would The Founders Think?

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"The James Best books...are about the best new Western series to come along since Larry McMurtry."--Larry Winget, True West Magazine
 
"A novel of fast-paced adventure. But it's also a story of friendship and loyalty. Once again, Best has penned a fine read."--C. K. Crigger, Western Writers of American, Roundup Magazine
 
"James D. Best is arguably one of the best writers of westerns." --Alan Caruba, BookViews
 
"I would highly recommend these two westerns to anyone ... they are just excellent reading." Book and Bookstore

Product Details

  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160494238X
  • Publisher: Queen Beach; 1 edition (December 13, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001V7RMRK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sandy Castle on May 14, 2009
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Steve Dancy in back and taking the reader for a high mountain adventure in the Rocky Mountains this time. There's kidnapping, hard riding, hunting, gunfights, political wrangling, business development, cowboys, Indians, hard men, sassy women, the good life, and the hard life all rolled into this fast-moving tale.

Mr. Best does an artful job of showing the details of a day in the old west, so that you can virtually see the scene in your mind's eye. He also develops the characters so that they seem real. I was most taken by his especially bad villians - both male and female in this book.

A good adventure for the reader!
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Another great book by James Best! Loved "Leadville" as much as the first book in the series, "The Shopkeeper". Great action and plenty of laughs. Steve Dancy is a very likable lead character surrounder by many others.

Hope there are other books in the series to come. A fun and enteraining read. Westerns at their "Best".
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I thoroughly enjoyed SHOPKEEPER, Mr. Best's first Dancy tale, but this one is even better. Dancy is back and so are his cohorts. This time, they are helping Captain McAllen rather than the other way around. It is not completely necessary to have read the first tale, but it helps to know the players.

Like the first, this tale is in the classic western genre mode with an interesting and different main character and narrator. How many rich easterners star in westerns? The characters seem to be out of the stereotypical mode, but Mr. Best keeps them unique all unique and interesting. No cardboard characters here, although if I were to describe them you might think so. The plot flows nicely with some nice twists and turns. There is a subplot that is much more understandable if you did read the first book.

Not only do I recommend this book and its predecessor, but I am hanging up now to order the next in the series.
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Good westerns might be hard to come by, but this author is fitting the bill. This is Book #2 in the Steve Dancy series. While reading #1, The Shopkeeper, isn't necessary, it would sure help to keep things in order. Dancy was a shopkeeper in NY who came out west to get enough stories to write a book. Not any ordinary shopkeeper, though, he is an expert gunsmith with a natural feel for handling guns. The good guys and bad guys return in this adventure. Captain McAllen's daughter has been kidnapped by Indians. Dancy and his partner (sort of) Jeff Sharp are enlisted to help rescue her. Lots of page turning action!
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I suppose I was expecting something akin to Best's "A Tempest at Dawn," which was entertaining and brought the history surrounding the birth of the U.S. Constitution alive. No such luck. This read was entertaining, but light. Lots of gunplay, predictable outcomes, etc. A good read for an airplane ride, but not much else.
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I actually spent some time in Leadville a couple years ago and the book was very accurate in its' description. I has not changed much over the past one hundred years. I really enjoyed the characters in the book and I thought the the story was strong. Thought that I was there in the cafe, hotel, and in the mountains. I am looking forward to the continuation of he story.
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Like the way the author puts the old west together for us green-horns. There is gun fights, clever twist and adventures. He uses descriptions like some one the was new to the west. The hero, doesn't always get the girl.
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This is one of the best western series I have ever read... Gunfights as they really were.. none of this standing in the street and waiting for someone to draw first... Interesting bad guys, clever plotting, and good characterization.
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