Rattlesnakes, Ghosts and Murderers by Len Francis Monahan
Volume 1: McKenna and Barnett

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How would we describe Len Francis Monahan’s award-winning Rattlesnakes, Ghosts and Murderers? Think cowpuncher-comedy meets Lonesome Dove!

This novel may be cross-categorized under the genres of Western, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Family, Inspirational, Alternative Family, as well as Humor

Volume-1, McKenna and Barnett (the first in Monahan’s series of Western Adventure) opens up against a backdrop of murder and insanity and goes on to chronicle the adventures of Colt Barnett, a hard-working, self-reliant, orphan boy. Familial love also becomes a major theme of the story, focusing on the relationship between Mama Helen, the new owner of the McKenna Ranch empire, and the independent youngster.

This story takes many unexpected twists and turns, provides historically accurate, factually informative details while remaining thoroughly entertaining throughout. A paranormal sub-theme (triggered by homicide and represented by an iconic, silver picture frame) runs throughout the series. And, although life and death issues and the struggles of running a cattle ranch in the American West are graphically depicted, the tale is related with great humor. It’s a novel that is hard to put down.

Adults and young adults will relate to Rattlesnakes, Ghosts and Murderers, a book filled with fascinating characters, high adventure and amusing situations and dialogue.

Successive volumes of Rattlesnakes, Ghosts and Murderers extend on for more than 100 years, recording the lives and adventures of the characters and their descendants – with all of them being tied together by the curse of the silver picture frame.

About Len Francis Monahan

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Len Francis Monahan grew up in Toledo, Ohio, an industrial port-city on the western shore of Lake Erie. As a child, Len remembers swinging out on a rope over Swan Creek, gliding in a canoe over the misty waters of the moonlit Maumee River and laying in the sunken graves of Potter's Field precisely at midnight. These youthful adventures and the fact that Len was brought up in an actively haunted house may explain the genesis of the word "Ghosts" in the title of this book. Presently, he and his wife Elaine live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where they enjoy a peaceful, rustic existence. Of late, there have not been too many "ghosts" beleaguering Len except those haunting the deep-seated imaginings of a restless mind, keeping him relentlessly awake and causing the lamps of his writer's den to remain lit throughout the night. Questions about the author and this novel may be directed to Greta Fox Publishing at GF@Greta-Fox.com.
Published January 22, 2013 by Greta Fox Publishing. 373 pages
Genres: Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Self Help, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Monahan creates much intrigue-and fun—and will have readers looking forward to the next one.

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