- File Size: 5386 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Publisher: Flying D Enterprises (October 10, 2010)
- Publication Date: October 10, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00472O7NS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not that Rancho Diablo doesn't have some problems. For one thing, the water is polluted with sulfur, which gives it its name. Worse, though, are the neighbors. The first time he comes into town, a group of young thugs follows him, planning on stealing the money he's been saving to buy the ranch. Then there's the question of money--while the owner is anxious to sell, the least he'll take is twice what Sam has available. Still, Sam takes out a loan, buys the property, then invites a couple of his friends to help out...both with engineering and with the gunwork needed to keep the ranch his, and his life intact.
Author Colby Jackson keeps that pace fast, with Sam's problems escalating and new problems and opportunities with each turn of the page. Secondary characters, especially the young man who joined the initial ambush but who comes around to Sam and the talkative ranch hand, Gabby, add color and make the dry Sam more human.
Shooter's Cross is a solid, enjoyable read with interesting characters, dangerous antagonists, and a fascinating setting.
BUT much of the tale just does not gel.
OK - so the hero is virtually indestructible, and one can (sort of) accept that.
BUT the hero commits and spends `all' of his money but is somehow still able to purchase endless equipment, supplies and machinery....with what, one wonders: frequent flyer points?
Then he suddenly wins a large sum of money at a poker game<?>.
The inconsistencies just spoiled the story.
Army scout Sam Baylock has ventured out in faith to find a new home for his wife Jenny and children. Crossing the shadow of York's Peak, Rancho Diablo, the devils armpit called him. "Home" it whispered. The land was wild, unbroken and dangerous, like the men who prowled firing death and dealing deception. Along with two army friends, Tucker and Beatty, Gabby, and a passel of local workers, Rancho Diablo becomes a mystery to the power brokers of Shooters Cross.
Determined to make Rancho Diablo his home forever, Baylock plays his hand close to his chest, and in the process changes the rules to his advantage!
This novel comes highly recommended. Four pistols out of four!
The novel is action-packed, and takes the reader along for a great ride. I am looking forward to reading the next installment from Rancho Diablo!