Jove, Nov. 2006
A Longarm Giant Novel
When Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long turns the tables on a band of stagecoach bandits, he does more than just save the day. Discovering a map of Nevada, Longarm tracks the men to the ghost town of Zamora. Here Custis finds that Zamora is no hole-in-the-wall hideout - it’s a haven for the lawless, ruled by one of the most powerful, brilliant, and beautiful women in the West. A woman whose personal army will fight to the death for her.
This book sees the welcome return of Jessica Starbuck and her bodyguard Ki, who appeared in their own 153 book series as well as the first 10 Longarm giants (this being the 24th).
The author - James Reasoner - tells the story in a series of chapters about Longarm and then a few about Jessie and Ki, alternating until they inevitably arrive in the same place.
The action is first rate as the indenity of the Outlaw Empress is slowly revealed as are her true plans. Great characters, an intriging plot, and action a-plenty make this a hard to put down book.
If you like Longarm and/or the Lone Star duo (Jessie and Ki), or just a great western then give this a try. Me I’m hoping Longarm will team up with Jessie and Ki again in the not to distant future.