Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Coyote Falls

By Colin Bainbridge
A Black Horse Western from Hale, February 2011

When Pat Calhoun rides into town he steps straight into the line of fire – and from that point onwards things only seem to get worse. Why has a gang of owlhoots gathered to cause trouble? Is there a connection to the Civil War and the man who betrayed him? Pat’s only way of finding out is to ride straight into the outlaw nest….

Events build to an epic showdown as Calhoun comes face to face with his past above the raging Coyote Falls.

Coyote Falls is Colin Bainbridge’s second Black Horse Western, the first being Pack Rat. Reading Coyote Falls certainly made me wish I’d read his previous book too, which I have in my collection – so many books and not enough time to read them all.

Colin’s Bainbridge gives the reader a book absolutely jam-packed full of incident and lots of intriguing characters, some of whom may or may not be who they say they are. One of my favourites has to be the strange woman living alone in a ghost town…just what is her story and what part will she have to play in the outcome of this tale?

Pat Calhoun has an unusual pet, a cougar called Cherokee, which is the cause of panic when they both stroll into a saloon for a beer. Shortly after that the book contains an attack on the town that many authors would have had as their final shoot-out, here it leads to many more tense and exciting action sequences.

The story contains mystery threads too, as the reason for the gathering of outlaws is kept secret from hero and reader. Then there are those hints that some of the characters might not be all they seem, and what of the strange message passed on to Calhoun? All these elements effortlessly hooked this reader and made me not want to put the book down until I’d found out the answers.

Hale have picked a superb cover for this book as it does illustrate a scene from the story.

Coyote Falls is officially released at the end of the month but should be available now from Internet bookstores.

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