- File Size: 827 KB
- Print Length: 362 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1941291082
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mountainview Books, LLC (April 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VKWKEE4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Print List Price:||$13.99|
Save $9.00 (64%)
Your Memberships & Subscriptions
West for the Black Hills (Dakota Sunrise series Book 1) Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Leavell has spun a nicely textured narrative with complex main characters. This absorbing read is a good counterweight to the West as it is often envisioned by inspirational romance writers. ~Publishers Weekly
Peter Leavell writes a compelling story of coming to terms with the past in western style. Research for the time and setting is blended nicely to deliver a story of one man's search for justice. ~Tracie Peterson, award-winning, bestselling author of over 100 books, including The Lonestar Bride series. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This was an excellent book, better even then his first novel - which was a very very good novel. (His first novel is "Gideon's Call." You should go buy it and read it if you haven't yet.) If you love westerns, you'll love this one too. It kept me up late into the night, on the edge of my seat. There is action, adventure, tragedy, love, redemption, faith -- all well written in a confident, authoritative voice. There are so many scenes that stick out to me long after I read them. If you like "old school" westerns like Zane Grey, Louis L'Amour, Max Brand, then this book fits right into that style and you will enjoy it too. This book has everything in it that I love in a western, including an amazing gun fight scene (at Deadwood, SD!). This is one of the best books I've read all year.
I also like how the author has developed as a writer since his first book. Some of the plot elements from the first book that were weak (like the romance) seems much better, stronger and believable here. I love that the book feels "authentic", you know the author has done impeccable research for the story, and he is able to weave that history believably into the plot. You don't feel like it is just a history book with a weak story attached to it. The history helps enhance the story. And, as every good historical fiction ought to do, it has whet my appetite to learn more about the history of South Dakota! I can't wait for the next book!
I think it's well-plotted, exciting, with twists and turns, but he said in his thank you section for Book 2 that any errors in it were his, that he put them in later. Perhaps that explains why the errors tend to come in clusters-with sometimes 2 on one page and that it seems like there are two editors. There are inconsistent spellings of the same name, the wrong last name for a character, and wrong words used, which may be Auto Correct. Shuttered instead of shuddered, tresses instead of traces-these are from Book 2 because they are fresher in my mind, but the ones in Book 1 were similar. You also cannot navigate from chapter to chapter either with the Kindle or the ToC. You go from Chapter 1 to "Historical Notes" in both books. Another problem is that the time remaining in the chapter is the same as the time remaining in the book.
I have read books with more mistakes, but it does interrupt the flow of your reading when you have to send in several corrections in rapid succession. I do not look for these problems, they just pop up at me. I'd just as soon not be an unpaid, unofficial editor and be able to enjoy uninterrupted reading.
In "West for the Black Hills," as he did previously in "Gideon's Call," he created characters and stories so engaging (and so well written) that the genre ceased to matter. All that mattered was the story.
A wounded, but stout hero. A strong, but fearful heroine. A villain of immense power and brutality. And the Wild West striving to be tamed. Add the imagination and pen of an emerging writer with an unflinching eye on history and the soul of a storyteller.
What you end up with is a genre story that bursts (and yet honors) the conventions of its genre to deliver an emotionally satisfying read for any reader regardless of genre preferences.
What will Leavell write next? I, for one, want to read more in this series and from this author.