By Tell Cotten
Solstice Publishing, June 2013
Texas, 1872. When a stagecoach is robbed, two men are killed and a young woman is kidnapped. Soon after, Yancy and Cooper Landon find themselves pursuing them.
Meanwhile, their old foe Lee Mattingly has his own problems. Betrayed by his partners, Lee sets out on a path of vengeance while at the same time trying to help a young captive girl.
It isn’t until their trails cross that both sides realize just how entwined their paths are. And, they soon realize that if they are to achieve their goals, they will have to go down the same path together.
This is the second book in the Landon saga and enough information is included to make this a very enjoyable story without having to read the previous book first, although I’m sure once you’ve read this one you’ll be certain to grab a copy of that earlier tale if you haven’t already read it.
Tell Cotten has created an engaging set of characters, be they on the right side of the law or not. Their personalities come across well and I was soon hoping that most would survive so I could read further stories about them. Of course not all will be alive to ride again but I can’t reveal here who dies as that would spoil it for anyone considering reading this book.
Cotten tells his tale in very short chapters, switching from one set of characters to another chapter by chapter, often leaving them in perilous situations or with a question that needs answering. This ensures the reader will keep turning the pages and thus makes this a very hard book to put down.
Full of action, tough talk, humorous moments, mistrusts and double-crosses this book proves to be a very entertaining read indeed that has left me eager to read the third book in the series when it is published in the not too distant future.