Wednesday 26 November 2008

Rogue Lawman #3

by Peter Brandvold
Berkley, April 2007

Ex-Deputy U.S. Marshal Gideon Hawk gives some bounty hunters a lethal lesson in how reputations are made. This leads to him being stuck with a beautiful prostitute who he is more than happy to leave with a troop of soldiers. These soldiers are also minding payroll money and a blaze of gunfire proves things are not what they appear to be. Now Hawk will make it a personal mission to make the bushwhackers pay the only way he knows how – with their lives.

This is the third book to feature Gideon Hawk and like those before it the story is filled with bloody violence. Each chapter throws up another deadly confrontation for Hawk.

Peter Brandvold’s work reminds me more of spaghetti westerns than those put out by Hollywood. They’re savage, brutal and paint vivid images. Most of his characters are strong, often without morals. In this book this is balanced by the inclusion of Lieutenant Primrose, a man sworn to capture and bring to legal justice the men who stole the payroll he was guarding. His duty, as he sees it, bringing him into conflict with the man he rides with, Gideon Hawk.

If fast moving, very violent, westerns are your preferred choice then you can’t go wrong with this book.

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