By Rory Black
Hale, March 2014
With the scent of prey in his nostrils, infamous bounty hunter Iron Eyes has gone, leaving Squirrel Sally alone in a remote town. But Sally is not that easily abandoned, and sets out after him, whipping her six horses furiously in pursuit.
As Iron Eyes closes in on outlaws Joe Hyams and Buster Jones, deep in dangerous terrain, Sally realizes there is another chasing Iron Eyes; the one-armed Wolfe is also hot on his heels….
In this, the twentieth Iron Eyes book, the relentless bounty hunter is pursued by a character every bit as determined to get the job done as Iron Eyes is. Wolfe won’t let anything, or anyone, get in his way of fulfilling his desire for vengeance. The latter being about the only difference between these two savage killers; as Iron Eyes’ says to a lawman, ‘I never waste bullets on folks that ain’t got bounty on their heads’.
Rory Black switches between the three main characters regularly, and it soon become apparent that Wolfe maybe just the man to finally kill Iron Eyes. Squirrel Sally has played a role in the last few Iron Eyes books and her love for the brutal bounty hunter is hard to understand but adds an intriguing element to the storyline, and this tale might just answer how Iron Eyes feels about her (you’ll have to read it yourself to find out as I’m not about to spoil it for future readers here).
The Iron Eyes’ books are quite dark in their tone and are filled with brutal action. Iron Eyes is not an easy character to like, but Rory Black’s anti-hero is a fascinating person that captures the imagination and always has me coming back for more as I really want to see what will happen to him next.
The books are short, and flow effortlessly, building to their violent conclusions in an ever increasing pace. Rory Black’s prose often painting very vivid imagery in the minds’ eye.
Rory Black is a pseudonym used by Michael D. George, and in my opinion he has written one of the best Iron Eyes books yet. The final dramatic showdown will long stay in my mind and has left me eagerly looking forward to the next book, which I believe is called My Name is Iron Eyes and that should be published in August.