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Review — Clancy’s Last War

Clancy’s Last War

By Terrell L. Bowers
Hale, January 2013

Some crimes are too heinous to go unpunished. Morgan Clancy seeks the man responsible for the deaths of a great number of men, including his younger brother. When the trail leads him to Bluestone Creek, Colorado, his search for justice becomes entwined with the plight of several farmers and one local rancher.

Clancy’s battle escalates when his meddling uncovers a theft of cattle and endangers the lives of a young woman, her sister and father. The stakes are lethal and when the final battle comes, Clancy discovers his trail of vengeance may cost all four of them their lives….

Terrell L. Bowers combines the bringing to justice of war criminals with the more traditional storyline of a land grab. The war crimes were committed in Andersonville where prisoners were robbed and killed at will. With only the camp commander Henry Wirz looking set to pay Clancy’s sets out to bring to justice other prison guards who were responsible for his brother’s death and many others.

Terrell L. Bowers also includes a young woman who has Downs Syndrome, something that is rarely seen in a western. Her child-like innocence leading to some touching moments, and she will have an important part to play in the final showdown between Clancy and those he hunts.

The book is written in an easy to read style and moves forward at great pace. Characters and landscapes are well described as are the many action sequences. As the story heads towards what seems like a predictable end Terrell L. Bowers springs a superb surprise to the identity of one of the characters giving the story a neat twist-in-the-tail.

As with the other books I’ve read by this author I’m left looking forward to his next.

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Update

Heads I Win…Tails You Die is now available as a paperback from Harlequin under their World Wide Mysteries imprint.

One Murder Too Many, the second of my mysteries will be release by Hale Books in April.

Another of my Westerns, Clancy’s Last War, is due out this month.

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New updates

A couple of changes taking place. Amazon has purchased the rights to all of my U. S. Westerns except the three I have on Amazon Kindle — two of which were originally published by Walker and Company. They will release some of my work on paperback and possibly electronic as well. The first to be listed is Requieum For An Outlaw.

Update on Heads I Win … Tails You Die — this book was picked up by Harlequin, under their Worldwide Mysteries and will be released in January 2013. My second Mystery ‘One Murder Too Many’, which continues with the same basic characters, will be published by Hale Books in April of 2013.

 

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New book review

Invite to a Showdown

Invite to a Showdown

By Terrell L. Bowers
Hale, July 2012
After a bizarre double killing forces her into exile, Rowena Jansen is living like a hermit in Keylock, Colorado, and concentrating on survival.
Travis Clay went off to war and witnessed the terrible suffering of men and his country. Afterwards, he joined his friend to work on a ranch, but when a deadly ambush costs Clay a herd of cattle and leaves him near death, he sets out to find the men responsible.
Inadvertently ending up in Keylock, his fate is joined with that of Rowena. Four men are searching for her, intent on a killing, while Travis is on the trail of five or six murdering rustlers. The only way to win such a war is to invite both sides to a showdown.
Terrell L. Bowers begins this book by telling two separate stories, both running parallel to each other before converging on a collision course. First we meet Rowena and witness her struggle to survive as an Indian captive, before being freed to live with an aging buffalo hunter. During this part of the book Bowers switches between Rowena’s life trials and those of Travis, each of their stories providing fascinating reading and bringing them into conflict with two different groups of men.
It soon becomes obvious that Rowena and Travis will become romantically involved and that relationship is neatly, and believably, brought about. But, of course, there’s the killers to deal with too and Bowers comes up with an excellent solution to this that closes the book with style and provides another problem for one of the lead characters that left a grin on my face.
Like the other books I’ve read by Terrell L. Bowers I found this difficult to put down and felt I’d been thoroughly entertained by the end. Once more I’ve been left looking forwards to his next book.
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Interview

Sandy Cody has a website where she interviews authors from Avalon. She surprised me with an offer to post an interview and I was happy to oblige. http://www.avalonauthors.blogspot.com

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May update

Ray, who also writes for Hale Books, reminded me that I’m not up to date on my new releases.

 

Requiem for an Outlaw was released by Avalon Books in New York last month. It is about my 40th Western for them.

 

Next up for release is Invite to a Showdown, due out in July, also with Hale Books in their Blackhorse Western line.

 

Hope all of the Western readers enjoy these latest books. I’m happy to still find an audience, having come along too late for the overall popularity Westerns enjoyed back in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

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New additions

Gun Law of Phoenix Cline (a Western) was released by Hale Books December 29th, 2011. On the same date Heads I Win…Tails You Die (A Mystery/Thriller) was also released. It is my 20+ Western with Hale Books and my first mystery.

Due out in April is Requieum For An Outlaw from Avalon Press in New York. It will be my 40+ Western with them.