- 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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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,948 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!
This short novel, the first installment of the Rancho Diablo series, showcases just the sort of thing I'm enjoying in the new ebook revolution. Because the authors are able to publish frequent, shorter installments, each book can focus on the job at hand. In this case, that job is to introduce the main players of the series, and their location. It's a classic western, with a tough cowboy trying to retire from a violent former life and start a new, peaceful one for himself and his family. Along the way, he has to contend with difficulties from the land, and from greedy bad guys trying to take that peaceful life away from him.
It's a great setup for a series, and a decent story in its own right. Readers will find a sense of closure at the end of the story, but also hunger to know what happens next. The prose is very visual and detailed, while still clear and unpretentious. The characters are well-drawn, each with their distinct voices.
If I have one complaint, it's that Sam is a bit too perfect. He's a great gunfighter, engineer, card sharp, scout, etc. However, this is only the first book in the series. Hopefully, his character will become a little more fleshed-out as the series progresses.
And I'll definitely be along to see that progress. This first installment has me hooked, and I'm ecstatic that I don't have to wait any time at all for the next one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have really enjoyed reading this book. I know I will be reading the rest of the series of Rancho Diablo. The author has done a great job. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martha Catoe Peebles
From action to action, it never stops. Here's a true hero of the stripe that really settled the frontier and brought civilization to the west. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amy
This book surprised me. I did not know what to think from the title. Sat in my library for along time before I read it. Once I started I couldn't put it down read it in one day. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Boswell
A truly thrilling beginning of what is bound to be a great series. As Sam is searching for deserters from the army he hears of a possible site for his new ranch, and that is where... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rose
This book offered a different genre than I typically read. I found it simple and quick to read. I did enjoy it very much.Published 13 months ago by Jeanne Corcoran
Sam Blaylock is a cowboy's cowboy. He has a dream and is dead-set to make it happen...willing to tame the land and fight for what's right, to protect his family, friends--and his... Read morePublished 13 months ago by CD Chaffin
I'd actually give this about 2 to 2-1/2 Stars for the story but certain features (as you'll see) earned it a full 3 Stars. Read morePublished 16 months ago by T.O.Powell