Tuesday, 19 August 2008

.45-Caliber Revenge

by Peter Brandvold
Berkley, June 2004

Everyone – even lawmen and bounty hunters – knows enough to stay away from Rolf Anderson. So how does an eighteen-year-old kid, who can barely ride a horse, think he’ll track down the buffalo-hunting giant? Simple: Cuno Massey has the one weapon that no one before him had – an all-consuming thirst for revenge. For the murder of Cuno’s father and stepmother, the young man plans to make Anderson pay – with his life, if possible. Cuno will need all the help he can get from other folks who’d like to see the axman swing. But when it comes down to it, he’ll do whatever it takes to fight this killer mano a mano

.45-Caliber Revenge is the first in a series to feature Cuno Massey.

This is a terrific story filled with great characters. Anderson and his companion are as bad as can be and you have to wonder how Cuno can ever take them on and win. Watching Cuno become a man - in more than one way - makes for engaging reading. The action comes fast and furious and is brutal at times. But the book isn’t just about violence, there are many humorous moments too. There are also emotions of the heart for Cuno to contend with, as he unwittingly becomes the center of a love triangle.

I’d say Peter Brandvold has come up with a winning series here and I’m eagerly looking forward to reading the next Cuno Massey book.

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