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Book Review

Another book review from a fan…with my deepest appreciation.

 

No Quarter at Devil’s Fork

By Terrell L. Bowers
A Black Horse Western from Hale, July 2011

When a crazed outlaw named Chilly Lloyd instigates a heinous crime, it seals the fate of seven other men. Now two friends, Brett Jackson and Reggie Satterfield, put aside their journey to a peaceful life and set out to bring the killers to justice.

Stella Burdette has never had much luck but hope for better things when she agrees to run a chuck wagon for eight hunters, including Chilly Lloyd. Soon, though, she must run for her life. And then Brett and Reggie fall into a deadly trap and are doomed to discover there is No Quarter at Devil’s Fork.

This book is packed with incident, all told in an easy to read style that sees the author telling his story through the eyes of a number of different characters, such as those mentioned in the above blurb. The action is first rate and the dialogue crackles, there’s plenty of humour too, often combined with the tall-tales Satterfield delights in telling whenever possible.

A neat touch to me was that one of the hunters doesn’t have the same attitude as his companions, not falling in line with the others when they rape and kill, in fact he’s sicken by it all, but family blood forces him to stay with them and he has to make a difficult decision later in the book.

Also it’s great to see that the cover art actually depicts a scene from the book, a moment of brutality that makes for a powerful ending for one of the characters.

Terrell L. Bowers is fast becoming one of my favourite BHW writers and this book has left me eagerly looking forward to his next. In the meantime I’m going to be searching through storage for any others I may have.

No Quarter at Devil’s Fork is officially released this coming Friday (the 29th July), but is already available to buy from the usual Internet sources.

 

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Mystery accepted

So after having my mystery ‘Heads I win…Tails you die!’ accepted by two different publishers who wanted me to invest money into the production, I decided to try my publishing house in England. I added a Briitish Inspector…here in Utah on holiday, and he becomes involved in the serial murders that are tied to his own relatives.

This was no easy chore. It meant rewriting the book from page one (100,000 word manuscript) and changing two major characters throughout the story. Then, when the editor read it, she said they liked it, but it was too long. I had to cut it 43 pages or about 15,000 words. So I did another rewrite (about 60 hours of work)and sent it back. The pay for this probably averages out to about 10 cents an hour (figure I’ve spent 9 years rewriting and editing), but I should be getting the contract next week. All I can saw is Oy! (same as our Hey! expression). I still have to do the final proof, but it goes to show…never give up on something you believe in.

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Review for Ambush at Lakota Crossing

Ambush at Lakota Crossing

By Terrell L. Bowers
A Black Horse Western from Hale, January 2011

Lakota Crossing was manned by two old codgers and was fifty miles from the nearest town. It had always been the perfect place for an ambush. But when Wayland Lott and his gang of killers planned to rob an army payroll at its way station, they had no idea that one of those men had a bounty hunter on his trail.
Bounty hunting was not the sort of life Jess Logan had expected after the war. He’d had a bit of luck and even earned a reputation, but his luck ran out in Missouri when he ran into the worst blizzard on record. So Logan took a job at the stage stop at Lakota Crossing to finish the out the winter there…and when the bandit gang began warring, Jess jumped straight into the action, regardless of the consequences….

Terrell L. Bowers starts this story by having Jess Logan help rescue a group of Indian women and children from freezing to death in one of the worst snowstorms in history. Logan is rewarded for his bravery by the band’s chief by being given a young woman to do with as he wishes. This leads to many humorous moments, as Logan sure doesn’t want to be responsible for Pale Flower. It seems the Indians are glad to be rid of her as she’s seen to be bad luck. As the story progresses Bowers begins to hint that Pale Flower may not be all she seems, and when she attacks a white man with a shovel more questions arise that help hook the reader into story.

There’s not a lot of gun-action in the first half of the book but this is were Bowers expertly pulls the reader into the story, introduces his cast of well-drawn characters and has you believing that Logan is more than a match for the outlaws. Unbeknown to both reader and hero the outlaws have an ace-in-the-hole that will prove to be a surprising problem that could easily see the outlaws steal the army payroll without any difficulty. The second half of the tale is nearly all action as the outlaws take over Lakota Crossing and their ambush is set.

Of course good triumphs over bad in the end as is the case in just about every BHW I’ve read, and here Terrell L. Bowers brings this about in a fast moving and entertaining tale – the first part of which is based around a true incident.

Ambush at Lakota Crossing has an official release date of the end of the month but is available now from a number of Internet bookstores.
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Review for Switchback Trail

This review was posted for my book…The Switchback Trail

What stands out about this latest effort from veteran Western writer Bowers is the smooth writing, steady pacing and interesting, well-defined characters. There was not one jarring moment to be had. This is the kind of book that is always handy to have in the cabin on a cold winter night, sitting in front of the fire, and allowing yourself to be transported to another time and world, where the bad guys are bad, the good guys good, and the end is as satisfying as the beginning. —Larry D. Sweazy

I’m at a loss for words…but do thank Mr. Sweazy for such a glowing review.

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Update for July

Switchback Mountain, which was originally scheduled for a June release is out as an August release. Avalon has cut back the number of Westerns they publish in recent months, so it will be more difficult to get one on their list. On a personal note, they changed editors for at Avalon and made a couple misprints. They list on my bio that this is my 7th book with them — actually, it is my 46th. Also, the dedication to Kyle was lost. It was a tribute to my brother-in-law, Kyle Kleve, who passed away last year at the young age of 51. All that ended up in print was To Kyle.

Hale Books, out of England, has two more titles to publish in the upcoming months. They seem to release one of my books about every six months. The large print edition of “The Legend of Tornado Tess’ is due out in August. No set date for the publication of “Ambush at Lakota Crossing”, which is the next original book I have with them.

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New releases

So Avalon moved up Konniger’s Woman. It will be released in September 2010. Switchback Trail is due out in June this year. Am looking forward to both, although they blew the bio on Switchback Trail and indicated I only had 7 books with them. Avalon has changed editors three times in the past three years so it’s little wonder they have time to check on everything. The editor sent me an appolgy and they corrected Konniger’s Woman. It will list it as my 47th book with Avalon.

On the British front, they accepted another book this month. They still haven’t set a date for the release of ‘Ambush at Lakota Crossing’, which they bought last year. This new title is ‘No Quarter at Devil’s Fork’ and is a little more traditional.

I’m also looking forward to seeing my daughter’s first book in print next spring — Deadly Pride, a fantasy teen novel.

And once again, I thank my other daughter for this web page. She does great work!

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Review posted for Tornado Tess

I was quite surprised and pleased when this was posted.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

THE LEGEND OF TORNADO TESS by Terrell L. Bowers

Terrell L. Bowers and I have two things in common. We were born in the same year and our first Robert Hale Westerns were published in the same year.

The legend that is Tornado Tess is a dime novel heroine – the invention of writer A.J.Cole. Tess solves mysteries in the wild west, a place that the author has never been.
A letter from a fan asking for help changes all that as Amanda Jane Cole sets out for the outlaw fortress known as Little Babylon in the wastelands of New Mexico.
Also, heading there is Whitney Scott who is hunting down the men who killed his family, burned down the ranch and took the horse herd.
Travelling aboard the same stage Scott agrees to act as Amanda’s bodyguard.
Little Babylon is a full blown town run on rigid rules that has it’s own law. All presided over by Justin Dante Huntley – a man with a vision.
Although, Scott finds no one he knows in town, someone knows him and there are two attempts on his life.
Amanda goes on a mission to prove the innocence of a man.

This book is that good that to say any more would be like throwing out a fistful of spoilers. The main reason is that this book is so full of characters that the plot lines take a back seat and yet the story tells itself.
Terrell L. Bowers writes good books but ‘The Legend Of Tornado Tess’ is something else. It is like a combination of the way westerns were told with a dash of pulp and that something new that lifts this book above the norm.
If you only read one Black Horse Western this year, then this should be that book.
It is released at the end of this month.