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Book Review: White Is the Coldest Colour (Dr David Galbraith #1) By John Nicholl

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White Is the Coldest Colour is a thought-provoking, dark and gripping psychological thriller that moves briskly from the beginning to the end. Nicholl draws incisive attention to a number of disturbing issues that explore humanities seemingly unlimited capacity for evil.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The story is set in 1992 and follows Dr David Galbraith, a vicious and predatory paedophile who works as a child psychiatrist in the South West Wales Area. Galbraith who has avoided detection for over thirty years is forced to keep his true nature secret from the world at large, as he has already murdered one child in his sound-proofed cellar at his family home and is looking for more unfortunate victims to fulfil his obsessive and grotesque fantasies.

Anthony Mailer, a seven-year old boy becomes Galbraith´s new patient and next major fixation. Anthony is referred by his GP to be counselled by Galbraith, as he develops various behavioural problems just after his parent’s separation. The Mailer family however are unaware of the horrific threat that awaits them at the hands of Galbraith and are equally unprepared that they must fight to try and stay alive against a number of life-threatening odds?

This novel is entirely fictional and draws upon the author’s experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker and exposes the real risks and harm that sexual predators inflict on their victims and is dedicated to survivors everywhere. I was literally blown away by this book and can’t wait to read the chilling sequel.
My Ranking: 5 Stars

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The Camellia Resistance: By A.R. Williams

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The Camellia Resistance is set in a dystopian future where the USA has become an eroding wasteland after a major pandemic broke out (Herpes) and killed off a large proportion of the population. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Security are the new government and now rule the smaller population, with the exception of Texas, that remains independent. Willow Carlyle, works for the Ministry and is fast becoming a rising star, as she has spent the majority of her adulthood tracking the spread of sexually transmitted viruses and their impact on the population, until a night of passion with a handsome stranger changes the outcome of her future. Willow is diagnosed with Herpes and is instantly dismissed from the Ministry and struggles to make sense of her undoing until an unexpected encounter with a member from a resistance group, The Camellias (who live outside the Ministry and its strict approved health regulations) expose Willow to an alternative way of life she had no idea existed. Along the way Willow discovers her real identity and a secret that will shake the Ministry to its very foundation.

Williams introduces the reader to some memorable characters, all of which are conflicted with their own issues to a certain degree. The narrative is well written and captures the characters hope, fear and anticipation all at the same time, while provoking the reader to finish the first instalment and start the next one immediately. I look forward to the second instalment.

My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

RedEye: Fulda Cold: A Rick Fontain Novel By Bill Fortin

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“RedEye: Fulda Cold is a suspenseful, hard-hitting and astonishing piece of military history that is set in 1969 West Germany and explores the reality of what happened on the border between the conflicting forces of East and West that I knew very little about until now.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Rick Fontain tells us about his exciting adventures through a first person narrative that allows the reader to travel with Rick from his initial induction into the army, following him on his journey where he and his team are stationed near the Fulda Gap to prevent an invasion or attack from Russia.

As a reader, I felt that I could connect easily with Rick on his incredible journey as he takes you by the hand and doesn’t let it go until the last page. Fortin does a remarkable job of describing the people and the landscape of the late 1960s, while throwing more light onto the tactics that the American military deployed to contain Russia in the Cold War. I certainly hope that this isn’t the last we have heard from Rick Fontain, and do hope that there is a sequel in the near future, as I cannot wait to read more of this young hero’s adventures and more of his infectious good humour.

Finally, I would also like to add that Fortin has put together a remarkably well written story with a vast amount of meticulous research and footnotes that detail the timeframe of when and where things take place. I found this to be tremendously helpful as it strengthened my understanding and added to my reading pleasure.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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Corruption of Power: By George Eccles

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Synopsis:
Independent troubleshooter, Alex Leksin, is recruited by Prime Minister Saidov when the plan to reduce Russia’s reliance on an ever more hostile Europe is put at risk. Hell bent on expansion, President Karpev’s strategy is first to shift the markets for his country’s vast energy resources to the East and Saidov has been charged with overseeing a planned pipeline for Russia’s oil through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to access these markets. Failure could mean catastrophe, spreading the conflict raging in the Middle East to Russia’s own borders.

Fearful that the pipeline deal might be tilting off course, Leksin has only twelve days to report back before Karpev is due to sign the pipeline contract with the Turkmen President in Ashgabat.

His investigation begins in Moscow at the conglomerate responsible for planning and funding the pipeline. Once the province of larger-than-life oligarch, Lev Usenko, the group is now run by his daughter, Vika, the woman Leksin was once to marry. Trickier still is the prospect of dealing with her embittered brother, Max.

Against a background of political corruption, state-sponsored terrorism and increased Taliban insurgency, Leksin moves on to Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most sinister countries, right at the heart of Central Asia. Initially his enquiries reveal nothing to cause alarm. Other factors, though, suggest otherwise: wherever Leksin goes, someone tries to kill him; people in a position to help him are assassinated; and information turns out to be misinformation.

And when at last he discovers the truth, he finds himself unsure of whom he can trust as the stakes get frighteningly higher.

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Author Bio:
George Eccles, writing as G W Eccles, graduated from the London School of Economics with a law degree and subsequently became a partner in one of the major international financial advisory firms.

In 1994, George left London to move to Russia and Central Asia during the tumultuous period that followed the breakup of the Soviet Union. His work involved extensive travel throughout Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan – often to places with restricted access to foreigners. During his time there, he advised a number of real-life oligarchs how best to take advantage of the opportunities that became available as regulation crumbled and government became increasingly corrupt. Against this background, while his novels are fiction, many of the anecdotes and scenes are inspired by actual events.

His first thriller: The Oligarch, was awarded a Silver Medal both at the Global E-book Awards 2013 and at the Independent Publishers Book Awards 2013, as well as being selected as IPPY Book of the Day.

George is married and now lives with his wife in a hilltop village not far from Cannes in the South of France.

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Interview with George Eccles:

1. What inspired you to write Corruption of Power?
Corruption of Power is the second in what I see as the Leksin thriller series, the first being The Oligarch. They are both based in Russia and what many people regard as Russia’s soft underbelly, the Caucasus and the Central Asian republics. I lived and worked in these regions for over ten years and, until fairly recently, still had business interests that required regular visits.
I think my inspiration to write thrillers set there stemmed out of my own personal experiences and observations. Life there, particularly business life, was very different. I was in Russia during the effective birth of the oligarchs when a weakened Yeltsin government sold the nation’s ‘crown jewels’ to a handful of individuals for a song. At this time, if you headed companies in certain industries (such as natural resources or banking), you ran a severe risk of a shortened life span. The man who lived in the flat the other side of the forecourt of my apartment block used to sit on his balcony and clean his guns on Sunday mornings. The IMF loaned over four billion dollars to Russia, which simply got ‘lost’ a couple of weeks later. In Central Asia, being based in Almaty in Kazakhstan, it took me three days every time I wanted to fly to Ashgabat to visit my office there, even though a direct flight (if there had been one) would have taken 2-3 hours. Judicial decisions were based not on evidence, but on the weight of the bribes. Large conglomerates ran major commercial activities ‘off book’.
To be honest, it was a gold mine for a budding writer.

2. Do you have a specific writing style?
I unashamedly write thrillers, so my style is to try and keep the action moving as fast as possible while, from time to time, giving the reader a chance to pause for breath. I keep the chapters short as a means of keeping the action flowing.
My hero is Alex Leksin, an independent troubleshooter, and whenever he appears in the book, the story is told from his point of view. If he’s not around and the scene includes one of the half-dozen main characters, then it’s told from their point of view.

3. How did you come up with the title?
Corruption of Power is a political thriller involving two governments: one Russian, the other Turkmen. Both are essentially corrupt, though in different ways; and both are looking to extend their power base, though again in different ways. In an earlier draft, I had the Lord Acton quote on the first page – “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – and a different title, but in the end I decided to reflect the quotation in the title but drop the actual quotation.

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not really, it’s a thriller and designed above all to entertain. Given the unfamiliar locations in which it’s based, I hope it will also give the reader an insight into these countries and life there.

5. How much of the book is realistic?
Corruption of Power is fiction, although the key premises that Russia is looking both to expand into some of its former states (e.g. Crimea and Eastern Ukraine) and to reduce its reliance on Western markets for its natural resources (e.g. the recently announcement pipeline to China) are real. Similarly the threat that ISIS poses is real – not just to Russian aircraft bringing holidaymakers back home, but also in the soft underbelly like Chechnya and Dagestan where there is a strong Muslim population, many of whom see Russia as the oppressor.
A number of the anecdotes in the book are real, and generally the locations used are all ones I knew well from my own time in the region.

6. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A lot of the frustrations that Leksin encounters are based on my own in the region (e.g. the discomfort of travelling, staying at the Nissa Hotel, being followed for the day by the KNB in Ashgabat).
The character of Leksin, and the role he plays, is certainly influenced by someone I came across when I lived in Moscow. He had a very similar job, being called in to sort out major business issues in an unconventional way – and in those days, there were plenty of major business issues. Large companies were haemorrhaging cash by the millions as management bled them dry and transferred corporate money into their own Swiss bank accounts.

7. What books have most influenced your life most?
All John Le Carre books (see below)

8. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
John Le Carre. There are plenty of excellent thriller writers, but so far as I’m concerned, Le Carre is in a class of his own. If Leksin (as he develops) can be half as good as Smiley, then I’ll really feel I’ve achieved something.

9. What book are you reading now?
I’m just about to start Dictator by Robert Harris.

10. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
New to me rather than new, perhaps, is Nick Louth, who had a breakthrough moment last year with ‘Bite’ which I thought was excellent.

11. What are your current projects?
I am in the middle of the third in the Leksin thriller series. It’s inspired by actual events: a group of individuals lost vast sums in an abortive Moscow investment, and then each of them met mysterious deaths. That is true. What’s fiction is that Leksin is brought in to investigate.

12. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Can I answer this by naming a group? The literary bloggers. I have been overcome by how willing people who run book blogs have been to respond to my requests to help promote Corruption of Power. All of them have been kind, helpful and encouraging, and I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude.

13. Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I very much hope so. I’m under no illusions about how hard it is to make a career in writing, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Corruption of Power will be sufficiently successful to kick-start it.

14. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
To be honest, I don’t think so. I wrote and rewrote it so many times over quite a long period, and I am pleased with the result – at least, I think I am, though it’s the readers who will ultimately tell me whether I’m right to be pleased!

15. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always had an urge in the back of my mind to write, but until I stopped being based in Central Asia, I never had time. I should perhaps mention that, some thirty years ago, I wrote a series of books on corporate and employment law published by Tolley’s and Longman, so I was in some ways used to the discipline of writing and the process of going from manuscript to publication.

16. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I think I’ve answered this in Question #11.

17. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The rewriting and editing process is definitely the most challenging. I’m quite methodical in my initial approach to a project and work from a quite detailed plan, so writing the first draft is generally not problematic. However, I’ve found that it takes me much longer to get from first draft to final draft than it does to get from a blank sheet of paper to first draft. It’s after the first draft is ready that the real work begins.

18. Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
As I mentioned, long before I started writing, I travelled a great deal in the regions in which my thrillers are set. A few months ago I returned to Moscow to update myself on how it had changed, to find out where people now ate, and so on, so that this could be reflected in the book I’m now writing.

19. Who designed the covers?
Peach Publishing. Inevitably we went through several drafts before we hit upon one with which everyone was happy.

20. What was the hardest part of writing Corruption of Power?
Changing the story to reflect changes in the geopolitical situation. When I started writing it, Russia hadn’t invaded Crimea, the Russian-encouraged separatists hadn’t started a civil war in the Ukraine, the West hadn’t imposed sanctions, the oil price hadn’t plummeted, the rouble hadn’t halved in value, no one had heard of ISIS and there was no civil war in Syria. All these developments had to be accommodated in the plot.

21. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
First, finding the time. I don’t write fulltime, I write in spurts. I try to keep up my other interests as much as possible.
Second, research. While most of the locations are places I know well, and while my previous work gave me an insight into the political and administrative background of the countries involved, things inevitably change – and without being on the spot, it requires considerable desktop research to keep up-to-date. Simple details matter – if a reader catches you out on one point, it casts doubt in his mind on the accuracy of the rest. Things change in little ways – when I was in Moscow a few months ago, I found the policemen were polite and Uber was thriving!

My Review:

“Corruption of Power is an action packed political thriller that is beautifully written and artfully plotted, with events mirroring actual real-life conflicts.” Catherine Rose Putsche Book Blog

This is the second instalment in the Leksin series and follows main protagonist, Alex Leksin, who is an independent trouble-shooter, recently recruited by Prime Minister Saidov and President Karpev, to investigate a planned pipeline deal that involves shifting Russia’s vast energy resources to the East. Leksins mission is to check the pipeline deal is above-board. Saidov wants Leksin to give the project a clean bill of health. However, Leksin only has twelve days to report his findings before Karpev is due to sign the pipeline contract with the Turkmen President in Ashgabat. Leksin begins his investigation in Moscow only to discover that the heterogeneous group that are responsible for planning and funding the pipeline contract are his ex-partner and her spiteful brother, Max. Leksins further investigations lead him to Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most sinister countries and from this moment onwards Leksin must be on his guard as he finds killers on his trail who will stop at nothing to eliminate him by assassinating the only people who can help him and that the intelligence he is given turns out to be false and misleading. Leksins mission for the truth leads him from one terrifying situation to the next where the risks of surviving get considerably higher.

This novel explores two governments, one Russia, the other Turkmen, both of which are corrupt and looking to expand their powerbases in different ways. Corruption of Power boasts an elaborate and complex plot, where the twist and turns are particularly surprising and plausible. The strength of the novel lies within the unfamiliar locations where it is based and gives the reader a real insight into the growth and culture there.

Eccles has fashioned a suspenseful and engaging story against the backdrop of political corruption, state-sponsored terrorism and increased Taliban insurgency that I am in no doubt reflect the times in which we live in today. Congratulations Mr Eccles, for bringing us a fundamentally flawed hero who in the face of danger combats adversity through bravery. I look forward to reading more of Leksins adventures.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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Book Review: Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story) By Lance & James Morcan

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“Father-and-son Lance & James Morcan have created a rich, immersive and informative story of two men’s courageous voyage and capture in the Pacific Northwest during the early 19th century. Startling, assertive and intense, it’s perhaps one of the most captivating true-life survival tales of all time!”

In the opening chapter the reader is introduced to the main protagonist, John Jewitt, an apprentice blacksmith, who dreams of travelling abroad on one of the great brigs that dock in Kingston upon Hull. John’s dreams soon come true when Captain Salter of the Boston witnesses John’s smithy skills first hand and sees an opportunity for John to work in the ships armoury. Unknown to John a life of enslavement and captivity awaits him along with another crew member (Thompson) by the fierce Mowachaht tribe in the Pacific Northwest. John and Thompson are taken captive by Maquina (Chief of the Mowachahts) as the Mowachaht tribe kill all the crew members of the Boston. John witnesses the decapitated heads of 25 of his crew mates lined up and wonders if he and Thompson will end up dying in the same fashion, until he learns the only reason Maquina keeps them both alive is that their trademark working skills are considered most valuable to the tribes future trading. John learns the Mowachahts are fierce warriors capable of the most barbaric forms of savagery, yet on the other hand they are proud noble people that can be capable of great kindness. Maquina soon forces John to marry a beautiful maiden (Eu-Stochee) who in turn tries to bind John to her savaged land forever, but John soon fears that he will never see a civilized country again and thoughts of escape are still ripe on his and Thompsons mind even after several barbaric beatings and escape attempts backfire.

Will John and Thompson ever find a way out to freedom? And if so, at what cost? Or will they perish in their desperate attempts, as the odds are greatly stacked against them?

My Ranking: 5 Stars

5 Star Review: Mstislav By Eric Keys

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Angela Hastings is the main female protagonist who works as a high school teacher in a small village in New England. She is newly married to a mysterious man named Roland, who is also Angela’s boss. Sometime after their union Roland abruptly loses interest in Angela and spends most of his time locked away in his workroom in the basement of their house. Angela becomes frustrated and soon seeks new sexual encounters with the other men in the village. The story starts off with a hot and steamy threesome with two guys from a bakery and continues to get even more hot and gory when Angela discovers her husband’s hidden secret in the cellar of her home and she comes face to face with a demonic man called Mstislav, who claims he is the son of Roland. Mstislav convinces Angela that she must help him to gain the strength to break free from Roland’s strong defences he has set up around the house that he is too weak to break. Angela’s lust gives Mstislav power, but he needs more death and fear before he can break free and embark on his mission to rule the earth. Angela is soon drawn in to a world full of blood, sex and glory as Mstislav promises to make her his queen and she is given a supernatural infused strength to reign over all men and women.
Eric Keys successfully manages to inject plenty of tension, discomfort and intense sexual torture and violence that will take many readers on a nefarious journey of paranormal erotica they will find hard to forget.
My Ranking: 5 Stars
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5 Star Review: Tangents By Agatha Rae

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Four uniquely incomparable people, Rick, Anna, Dan and Matylda each wake up in a separate part of a mysterious forest, unaware of their new surroundings, confused and in a state of panic after falling to sleep in their own worlds beforehand. It is not long before each of their paths cross and they soon discover they are all from different times, cities and even counties. Anna is from 2013, Rick is from 2001, Dan is from 2005 and Matylda is from 2004 and they have no clue about why they have all woken up in these endless woods with the unbearably hot sun that shows no signs of retiring. They decide to stick together in the hope that they can find a way out before it gets dark. In their journey for survival against many attacks from gigantic insects, enormous and deadly snakes and trees that come alive that try to strangle them with their roots. They soon discover they need to find refuge that will protect them from the strange forces of Mother Nature before they can figure a way out of this strange sphere without losing their lives.
On their journey to safety they all learn a little about one another as each of them have a distinctive back story. As the story unfolds it becomes clear that each and every one of them seem to be experiencing some kind of turmoil with their loved ones. Anna eventually develops a devastating theory why they are all there and convinces the others that they all share links to overwhelming events in history that will soon take place and they need to get out of this place ASAP. But their biggest obstacle is how to get back to their lives in time to prevent the people they love from what is about to take place.
A highly entertaining and addictive story with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing why these four uniquely different people have been brought together with an unexpected and breathtakingly good ending that will prompt any reader to wait anxiously for the second instalment.
My Ranking: 5 Stars
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A Highly Addictive Conspiracy Story! Spy in Chancery (A Craig spy thriller Book 2) By Kenneth Benton

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Spy in Chancery is a highly intelligent Cold-War-era espionage thriller set in Rome in the 1970´s where intelligence tricks such as, pseudonyms, dead letter-boxes, and secret passwords were used along with a great number of code breaking technologies.

Peter Craig is an undercover policeman who is called in by the Secret Security Service (S.3) to help them find a KGB spy somewhere in the British Embassy, as one of their MI6 agents has just been murdered. Craig has no connection with the Intelligence Service or with BX.32´8s activities and the S.3 supply him with the perfect cover story on his mission to Rome where he is expected to attend an Interpol meeting that will last for two weeks and also carry out a security inspection at the British Embassy. After a short briefing on his forthcoming mission Craig arrives in Rome where he meets another security agent who will help him along with Sir Watkyn (Ambassador of the English Embassy) who is keen to find out which member of his staff is the traitor, despite the fact that he has a great dislike for the spy business. Craig soon begins to narrow down a list of possible suspects and has them followed in an attempt to gather evidence against them and eventually discovers a breakthrough that will give him an advantage and keep him one step ahead of the spy, unaware he may be risking more than his own life and the lives of more innocent people in this complicated game of high-level politics, covert missions and secret agency cover ups.

In summary, “Spy and Chancery” is an exceptionally well written espionage thriller with a number of un-predictable twist and turns that will leave the reader turning those pages well in to the night to discover what happens to these wonderfully strong, well-developed and likable characters’

This is the first book I have read in the Kenneth Benton Spy Series and can honestly say I am hooked and cannot wait to read more of this late authors work.

My Ranking:5 Stars

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5 Star Review: The Pool Boy’s Beatitude By DJ Swykert

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Jack Joseph is the main protagonist who is a functioning alcoholic, womanizer, weed smoker, physics philosopher and swimming pool cleaner that holds a master’s degree in particle physics. His marriage is in turmoil due to his heavy drinking and broken promises to his wife who eventually kicks him out. Jack has a lot of emotional and financial worries going on in his life that he needs to clean up, but just like his physics states, everything is in a state of flux, decomposition and failure and he finds it hard to get motivated and address these issues until he meets Sarah…

After meeting Sarah, Jack begins to self medicate and runs down his own detox program and discovers love for the first time in his life beyond himself. He uses a mix of Xanax and Valium to wean himself off the alcohol. However, with his ex-wife filing for a divorce and his other girlfriend Rosemary, he finds himself caught up in a web of deceit he struggles to break free from. Jack makes a commitment to Sarah but still has an obligation to Rosemary who bailed his sorry arse out of jail and gave him cash and drugs with the possibility of a new home as she has friends in real estate.

With Rosemary, Jack crosses the threshold in to Rosemary’s abyss away from everything he said he wouldn’t step away from love, Sarah, an honest relationship, breaking free from his drug orbit and unhooking himself from his habits. No longer Rosemary’s pool boy and casual lover, he soon becomes her servant as she is his lifeline to drugs and Rosemary eventually becomes his benevolent, malevolent and benefactor.

Will Jack come clean to Sarah, who is his lifeline to his spirit and soul? Or will he revert back to his old habits? Or will he succeed for a change?

DJ Swykert successfully manages to create a great first person narrative that sucks the reader into Jacks world to such a degree it seems effortless which leads me to conclude that DJ Swykert is a master of an incredibly complex art that is conspicuously challenging to any author.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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5 Star Review: To The Gallows The Legend of Cole Winters By G.S. Luckett

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To the gallows is set in the 19th century in the untamed frontiers in Western American. Cole Winters is an African-American cowboy and also a U.S. Marshall. When Cole discovers his brother in law, Joseph Two Guns is a wanted man for a crime he swears he did not commit. Cole goes on a deadly mission to rescue Joseph from becoming another innocent victim of a lynch mob who wants to take the law in to their own hands and exercise their own type of rough justice. Cole manages to rescue Joseph in time from a one manned jail along with a woman called Jessie who is also being accused of a murder she did not commit before Fournier and his two Indian trackers catch up with them.

Fournier’s posse of five go in search for Joseph picking up more pawns on the way to help them with their search.

As the story unfolds Jessie discovers her sister, Kaye has been taken by Sheriff Brood and his men against her will. Cole and Joseph go on a rescue attempt to save Kaye and manage to rescue her from Sheriff Brood by winning a gamble where Joseph must fight to his death with Sheriff Brood’s best boxer.

Jesse discovers Coles secret, a deep secret he hasn’t shared with Joseph yet, that the men who are tracking Joseph down are hired by the same man who killed Coles wife and son and they will stop at nothing as Cole went on to kill the men who killed his family in revenge and he now has a bounty of 8,000 dollars resting on his head. Cole conducts a plan to get Joseph and the girls to safety by handing himself over to Fournier in the hope it will give them enough time to escape and this is when the real showdown begins with Fournier and his ever-growing new recruits who are thirsty for the bounty on both brothers’ heads. Will Fournier’s posse of thirty men succeed in their mission? Or have they underestimated the sheer force of the two brothers’ in all out shoot out?

G.S. Luckett manages to successfully combine a number of distinctive characteristics such as, a sense of time, place and setting in a time where law and order often caused conflict and unrest between the settlers and the Indians. The reader is taken on a breathtaking journey back to an unforgettable time in history. Not only this but this story is action-packed from the beginning to the end with an unpredictable number of twists and turns that sets the stage for more instalments in which I impatiently await.

My Ranking:
5 stars

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