Stan R. Mitchell, the highly touted author of the Marine Sniper novel "Sold Out," lays down the lead in this epic Western tale -- a story of how even good must often become soiled in order to win.
"Little Man, and the Dixon County War" is a fast-paced, action-packed book set in the Western era. Fans of "Appaloosa" and "Django Unchained" will almost certainly enjoy it.
Young Deputy Marshal Paul Zachary shouldn't have accepted that badge. And he certainly shouldn't have shot down a ruthless gun fighter in front of a crowd of onlookers at Belleville's busiest saloon.
But now that the smell of gunpowder has faded and the blood has been scrubbed off the floor, Zachary is something he never wanted to be: a damned hero.
And whether he wanted it or not, the 27-year-old Zachary has earned a big-time reputation, as well as the name "Little Man" -- a derogatory term initially used by a famous gunfighter to describe his lack of age and stature.
Unfortunately for Zachary, his exploits in the newspapers are bringing people hope in the crime-ridden West, where lawless land barons push the weak, and sworn law officers balance keeping the peace and staying alive.
The kind of hope that Zachary brings can't go on, so the West's most powerful cattle baron -- McConnell -- decides he must kill this increasingly legendary law officer.
McConnell can't get at the cautious Zachary on his home ground, so McConnell dispatches an evil gang of gunhands to kill Zachary's best friend and abduct the man's wife.
McConnell knows Zachary will come to rescue the woman and in doing so, will enter Dixon County, or what the locals call Devil's County. Here, in this godforsaken stretch of country, McConnell owns most of the land and ALL of the law.
In order to save the woman, Zachary must achieve what even the Army couldn't pull off: Cleaning out the lair of murderers, thieves, and cowhands who answer only to McConnell.
McConnell has bribed or buried every man who's ever stood up to him, including a good-sized Army detachment, so if Zachary plans to take down almost a hundred gunhands and rescue the wife of his murdered friend, he's going to need to round up some of the best fighters the West has seen.
Keeping these temperamental men together, while dodging traps, ambushes, and double-crosses at every turn, would prove a herculean task for a man twice Zachary's age, but the quiet Zachary is no pushover. He learned to fight, and fight hard, from being the youngest in a tough line of men who've never missed a war. And, Zachary just survived three long, hard years in a ragtag, Rebel cavalry troop charged with raiding Northern towns.
Now Zachary will attempt the impossible. He knows it may cost him his life, but some wrongs must be made right.
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Published December 28, 2013
by Stan R. Mitchell.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Crime, History, Action & Adventure, Romance.