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Simms is your typical hardened man who fought during the Mexican War and who’s seen enough blood and death to last two lifetimes. As he pursues the murdering scum known as Mason and Newhart, he starts questioning his life. Is he ready to give up his job and settle down with a good woman and a home? As plots go, this is pretty typical and cookie-cutter.
Mason and Newhart are great villains and you’d be hard pressed not to dislike them. Loathe them actually. But, maybe, they were a little over the top. There wasn’t much character development for them. No, this is why we do what we do. Mommy issues, etc. There is a brief point at the very end where Mason dwells on his past, but it still doesn’t explain how he ended up being a cold-blooded murder who loved killing and raping. And no backstory for Newhart at all. I felt like they were just in the story to give Simms someone to chase and the readers to hate.
There is a love interest, and not who you think it would be. Simms has his eye on one woman, then out of the blue, ends up with another. No inkling at all he was even interested. Left me going, hmmm. Okay?
As for the layout of the story. Oh man, I really felt like I was on the parched plains with Simms. All the heat, dust, and lack of water. Yates did a great job getting me into the story that way.
What threw me out, on a regular basis, was the usage of wrong vernacular. I could sure tell this was written by someone other than an American. All the whilst and amongst jarred me every time. It was also too PC. Indians weren’t referred to as Indians back then. They were Injuns, or red skin heathens, or bloody red skins. You get my drift. And speaking of Indians, they were the best horsemen in the West. Having a scene where the Indians couldn’t control their horses during a gun fight just proves Yates didn’t do his homework.
With all my complaints, you’d think I didn’t enjoy the story, but I actually did. I even had a tear in my eye at the end, even though it made me go, hmmm. Okay?
All in all, I found the book to be an enjoyable read, and I was left wanting to know what the future held for Detective Simms. Did he find his HEA? I give it 4 cowboys.
Tried to place exactly where this story took place. Knew paddle boats were on Colorado River for a short time, but other spots just puzzled me . That gives me map time tomorrow where did this take place?
The cruelty described in a few scenes gave me slight shock. They were well done.
Was a good read while I waited at hospital. Will look for more Yates books.
Unflinching takes this setting and adds a level of grit and realism that gives you a real sense of weight and makes you feel the danger of the settlement days.
Simms is a wonderful protagonist, an old Pinkerton set on a mission to find the daughter of an old war hero. His old time charm is only matched by his brutal method of getting things done in the face of adversity, and his growth over the course of the story makes him more enjoyable the longer you read.
What's a good hero without a bad villain, though? Mason, the story's protagonist, is as detestable as Simms is likeable. He's given just enough humanity to him that he keeps from stepping over into the territory of mustache - twirling ne'erdowell, yet that only makes him all the more hateful as he commits atrocity after atrocity. You'll read this to the end, if only to see if Mason gets what he has coming to him.
I look forward to seeing what happens in the books that follow.
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