Panther, August 1964
A story that takes place during the last days of the Civil War, a gritty tale of the struggle to keep a wagon full of gold from the Union Army. Mayhew has been given the task of that job but he’s not doing well as we join him as he attempts to re-capture the wagon from the Union.
Both sides are weary of war and their hearts aren’t really in the job but Mayhew manages to persuade his last four men, the rest dead or in one case deserted, to attack the slightly larger Union patrol who have the wagon and the confederates horses!
Unknown to both side a gang of outlaws are waiting to pounce and do so after the Confederates ambush the Union soldiers. The outlaws capture the wagon and the few survivors on both sides and it’s then that Mayhew discovers he’s been nothing but a decoy, set up by his superiors.
If you want a read that’s filled with action from the very start, that never lets up until the end of the story, then try to find this book. You’ll find you’re not sure who you should be wanting to come out on top, so engaging are the soldiers on either side. This is a well written and entertaining read, well worth a look.