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When I started reading, I was pleased to find the story was engrossing and fast moving. The latter is an issue for me, but not in a bad way. My complaint comes from that just when I was getting comfortable reading the story, it ended. Considering it’s a decent sized book (about 420 pages or so), that’s a great problem to have.
One thing that really struck me is the timing of the action and interactions between the characters. Like Louis L’Amour, the author takes us right into the story and moves it along. The action scenes are fast, but thoroughly described, which pulled me deeper into the story. It’s a refreshing style that is difficult to pull off.
The characters appear and pass by almost as fast as the fight scenes, but these are slowed down as most of the description of the area is done through dialogue. While this doesn’t happen too often, it can be a little tiring if you’re used to or expecting the rapid fire exchanges to continue. It’s not a bad thing, though I do have to admit I think Jake was a little liberal with his information and trusted people a little too much, but that’s just my opinion so I’ll leave the final verdict to you.
The grit and lifestyle of the Wild West are brought to life in a fun style, and I can’t wait to read more by this author.
The story was well worth 4 bucks. Although I wish it had been longer, the story was much longer than I expected it to be.
Jake Base is a US Marshall traveling to Laredo Texas on the trail of a pair of no good brothers who had killed a man in Tucson. As the story unfolds, he falls in with a small handful of local cowboys--some good and some not so good--there's of course the local Sheriff and a barkeep. Along the way he meets Lupe Sanchez local rancher and father of the lovely Maria. The story is up and down until about the halfway mark when Derrick pulls the trigger if you will and its on from there.
I was totally surprised by the ending. I did see the western ending the way that it did well before the story was finished, but the last couple of pages were not expected.
If you enjoy the old west, cowboys and big ranch cattle drives in the form of Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey...give The Tainted Dollar a read.
I've already purchased the next in the series The Sheriff's Sister and look forward to a long holiday weekend read
Well done Chris Derrick
Great story, and plenty of historic background that shows he did some research. There's some violence and romance to cover all the bases. Good character development, too.
I enjoyed it!