Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Trailsman Giant Edition #6

Idaho Blood Spoor
as by Jon Sharpe
Signet, February 2006

When the son of one of the wealthiest men in country goes missing in the dangerous Oregon border country, Skye Fargo, along with a motley crew of renowned frontiersmen, get asked to find him. With twenty thousand dollars going to whoever succeeds. Not only does Fargo have the dangers of the trail to contend with he also has the other trackers to keep an eye on as that kind of money brings all the worst out in them.

Jon Sharpe - in this case David Robbins - comes up with a cracking entry into the series with Idaho Blood Spoor. It has all the elements I expect from a Trailsman book, a great fast moving plot, mystery elements, characters whose motives come under suspicion, tests of friendships, violent action, odds you’ve just got to wonder how Fargo can take on and win, and a writing style that makes the book impossible to put down.

The most gripping sequence, for me, is when Fargo and company come under threat from a mysterious marksman, this was sheer edge of the seat stuff!

All the elements of the story come together in a terrific ending with no threads left untied.

I’d also like to pass acknowledgement to the cover artist, the lower picture is superb.

1 comment:

ARCHAVIST said...

have started reading that Derby Man book - will let you know what I thought.